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Hack Your Campus
Mar
20
10:00 AM10:00

Hack Your Campus

Hack Your Campus is an entrepreneurial competition in which students can make their mark on GVSU.   The competition asks students to submit ideas for improving some aspect of GVSU campus or services as part of a competitive pitching event.  Ideas can either improve existing programs or services or propose entirely new ones.  The best ideas earn substantial cash prizes! Free to attend! 

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SG: Open House
Mar
19
5:00 PM17:00

SG: Open House

For anyone interested in becoming a Start Garden member, join us for a Happy Hour/Open House and get a tour of our new digs. Enjoy a beverage courtesy of our sponsor, New Holland Brewing Company, and get your questions answered about the changes taking place at Start Garden. Free to participate!

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SG Update Night
Feb
26
5:00 PM17:00

SG Update Night

It's time for our $5K projects to present on how they tested the feasibility, viability and desirability of their startup in just three minutes. At the end of the presentations, the Start Garden team will announce if any of the projects are ready to move on to the $20K tier of investment. 

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SYNCHRONIC: Higher Ground
Feb
25
5:00 PM17:00

SYNCHRONIC: Higher Ground

SYNCHRONIC is a set of experiments in collaborative culture that will engage, attract, and retain the people that call Grand Rapids home. 

Each experiment will consist of three acts: 

I. speaker to address a particular hot topic, relevant to the future of our city
II. creative performance that adds a different perspective of the topic on deck
III. breakout sessions, where participants decide where to take our conversation

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CEO Club Meeting
Feb
24
6:00 PM18:00

CEO Club Meeting

  • L. William Seidman Center room 1127 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for our biweekly CEO Club meeting! We will be gathering in the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation located on the first floor of the L. William Seidman Center. Meet likeminded individuals interested in new ideas, networking and more! All majors welcome, no experience necessary. Free pizza and refreshments provided. 

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Hack Your Campus Apps Due
Feb
20
12:00 PM12:00

Hack Your Campus Apps Due

Hack Your Campus is an entrepreneurial competition in which students can make their mark on GVSU.   The competition asks students to submit ideas for improving some aspect of GVSU campus or services as part of a competitive pitching event.  Ideas can either improve existing programs or services or propose entirely new ones.  The best ideas earn substantial cash prizes!

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SBDC: Starting a Business (Webinar)
Feb
12
6:00 PM18:00

SBDC: Starting a Business (Webinar)

This is an online webinar based workshop to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in assessing their ability to lead and manage a company, as well as to assist in evaluating market and sales potential for products and services. The basics of business ownership and start-up issues are introduced, along with a presentation of the resources available to help you launch your new venture.

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SBDC: Business Legal Issues (Online)
Jan
29
11:30 AM11:30

SBDC: Business Legal Issues (Online)

"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Business Legal Issues is an introduction to the different types of legal entities that are appropriate for structuring and starting a new business. Tax and liability issues are covered, along with basic elements of a contract, collections, licenses, registrations, employment and property issues, leasing and insurance. It is designed to guide prospective business owners in setting up the organizational structure that will help protect them from unnecessary legal challenges.

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CEO Club Meeting
Jan
27
6:00 PM18:00

CEO Club Meeting

  • GVSU Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for our bi-weekly CEO Club meeting! We will be discussing upcoming events and competitions; as well as presenting on relevant content regarding entrepreneurship. Meetings are open to all students of any major, so feel free to bring your friends! As always, pizza and soda will be provided. 

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Tuesdays With: PhotoUp - International Social Impact
Jan
27
11:30 AM11:30

Tuesdays With: PhotoUp - International Social Impact

Chris Palmer, CEO of PhotoUp, will discuss applied impact techniques as it relates to social enterprise.

The field of social entrepreneurship seeks to blend entrepreneurial activities with positive social or environmental change. Using innovative business models, social enterprise is an emerging model for both impact focused entrepreneurs and investors. Some key areas of focus will be... Social Enterprise!

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SBDC: Marketing Your Business (Online)
Jan
26
to Jan 27

SBDC: Marketing Your Business (Online)

"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Marketing Your Business", third course in the series, presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses. It covers basic marketing tools including market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well planned approach to marketing is demonstrated, with several examples of effective hands-on marketing techniques. Focus is on the business’s customers – creating and keeping them.

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GR Current: Commercialize Your Tech
Jan
22
3:00 PM15:00

GR Current: Commercialize Your Tech

Do you have a technology that you think has commercial potential? If so, you'll want to know what options are available, including how to tap into the funding that will get you there.

INSTRUCTION PROVIDES

  • High-level view of alternative avenues for commercialization
  • How federal funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs can be a valuable part of the process
  • Program essentials: purpose, eligibility, sources of funding, etc.
  • Michigan’s wide array of commercialization resources for technology-based companies
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SBDC: Starting a Business (Webinar)
Jan
22
12:00 PM12:00

SBDC: Starting a Business (Webinar)

This is an online webinar based workshop to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in assessing their ability to lead and manage a company, as well as to assist in evaluating market and sales potential for products and services. The basics of business ownership and start-up issues are introduced, along with a presentation of the resources available to help you launch your new venture.

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SBDC: Financial Management (Online)
Jan
20
11:30 AM11:30

SBDC: Financial Management (Online)

"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Financial Management" introduces basic accounting concepts and how to apply financial information that helps small business owners manage a business more effectively. Key documents including Cash flow Statement, Profit & Loss, and Balance Sheet are explained, using specific small business examples. The course is designed to help entrepreneurs understand accounting principles and financial statements, and work more effectively with the accounting team.

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Startup Weekend
Jan
16
to Jan 18

Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

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SBDC: Writing a Business Plan (Online)
Jan
14
11:30 AM11:30

SBDC: Writing a Business Plan (Online)

"Writing a Business Plan" is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for self-employment success, this course covers business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing, finance, legal, regulatory issues, operations, information based planning and management are key components of this workshop. The first steps for creating a business plan draft will be included. Live examples of effective business plans are used as course material.

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Tuesdays With: Sisu Global Health - International Social Ventures
Jan
13
11:30 AM11:30

Tuesdays With: Sisu Global Health - International Social Ventures

Sisu Global Health will delve into their business in Africa and how they intend to change the world’s healthcare systems. This session will involve about 30 minutes of talk with breakout conversations following.

  • Blended Value: How to weigh profit with impact
  • Insight: into the African healthcare scene
  • Support: How does GR support blended value companies
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SBDC: Starting a Business (Webinar)
Jan
8
6:00 PM18:00

SBDC: Starting a Business (Webinar)

This is an online webinar based workshop to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in assessing their ability to lead and manage a company, as well as to assist in evaluating market and sales potential for products and services. The basics of business ownership and start-up issues are introduced, along with a presentation of the resources available to help you launch your new venture.

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GR Makers: Organic 3D Printing with Blender3D
Dec
21
8:30 PM20:30

GR Makers: Organic 3D Printing with Blender3D

Inside this course, students will learn specific modeling techniques that are great for 3D printing using boolean operations. You'll gain a real understanding of how to keep scale consistent during the entire process from concept to hitting start on a 3d printer. We'll also touch on using calipers to make practical 3d printed items without having to leave Blender 3D.

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