Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015ZLI Startup Workshop: Developing Your Business Model Canvas
5:30-7 p.m., Ross School of Business room W0770
This 90-minute workshop will explore what a business model is; why a strong model is absolutely critical to anyone interested in launching a new product, service, business, or social venture; and how to develop an effective business model. Participants will learn how to use Alex Osterwalder's Business Model Canvas, a valuable one-page tool for generating and assessing business models. Facilitated by Josh Botkin, Ross faculty and ZLI Entrepreneur in Residence.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015Fireside Chat: How to Get into Private Equity Consulting
4:30-5:30 p.m., Blau Auditorium
Free! Join us and connect with professionals in PE consulting during the upcoming Fireside Chat on how to get into private equity consulting. The panel will provide insight to U-M students on what it takes to get into management consulting for the private equity industry and how to navigate their career. Hear from leading consultants to the private equity industry and its key stakeholders. Panelists include Andrew Kunkel of Bain & Company, David Shapiro of Boston Consulting Group, and Chris Doughty of McKinsey & Company. Professor David Brophy will moderate the discussion.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015ZLI Startup Workshop: Conducting Effective Customer Discovery
5:30-7 p.m., Ross School of Business room R2240
Customer discovery is a critical activity that allows you to develop and test hypotheses about your new business or social venture. This 90-minute workshop will provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools to conduct effective customer discovery. You'll learn how to: identify and approach the "right" people and secure their participation; conduct effective interviews that extract useful information; capture/document your findings; and extract and synthesize the key insights. Facilitated by Josh Botkin, Ross faculty and ZLI Entrepreneur in Residence.
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015Student Tech Trek sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK and the University of Michigan Career Center
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
This immersion tour will connect students with entrepreneurial- and technology-focused companies in downtown Ann Arbor. These organizations include LLamasoft, Menlo Innovations, SPARK incubator tenants, and more. The application process opens Thursday, Sept. 24, and will be available through the Career Center.