Friday, May 1, 2015 (application deadline)Desai Accelerator
Turn your passion into a successful business: Apply for the inaugural cohort of the Desai Accelerator. Our startups get unmatched resources in mentorship, talent, community, and visibility. We're looking for technology-based companies in the critical phase between early-stage development and external investment. Our program runs June 8 to Sept. 4 and includes a $25K investment, office space in downtown Ann Arbor, access to student interns, more than $500K in resources, and mentorship from one of the most expansive alumni networks in the country. Apply here
Thursday, May 7, 2015 (entry deadline)2015 Ford College Community Challenge
The Ford College Community Challenge is an innovative national challenge-grant initiative designed to work with colleges to catalyze student-led, community-building projects that address pressing local needs. This year's theme is "Building Sustainable Communities." Winning proposals must address, in some creative way, a tangible, unmet community need and propose a solution that will help build a sustainable community. Ford will choose up to 10 outstanding proposals and these winning schools or student organizations will receive a $25,000 grant to implement their ideas. To enter, visit the Ford College Community Challenge contest page
and input your proposal in the available online form or download the proposal template.
Friday-Sunday, May 29-31, 2015Startup Weekend Detroit for Social Entrepreneurs
Ford Resource and Engagement Center,
2826 Bagley Ave., Detroit
Want to make an impact on the world? Join fellow visionaries and entrepreneurs for a special social impact-focused startup weekend in Detroit. Whether you are a developer, designer, business-minded or team leader, they want you! Details and info on how to register are here
, and if you're a U-M student, use the code studentSW for 50 percent off tickets.