CEO National Organization: 

Entrepreneurship as a field of study at colleges and universities across the U.S. and around the world has become a leading subject at the undergraduate and graduate level. According to the 2011 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) U.S. Report, younger adults (18-24 years old) are more likely to start a business, and college graduates or those pursuing higher education are particularly more included to pursue entrepreneurship.

With this increased attention, it is more important than ever to give students the opportunities to network not only with their student peers, but with fellow entrepreneurs in the business world to promote entrepreneurship at all levels and in all environments.

And, this is where CEO comes in.

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) is the premier entrepreneurship network with chapters on university campuses across North America and beyond. CEO currently supports entrepreneurship on over 240 chapters in over 43 states.

CEO’s mission is to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. With a diverse entrepreneurial community and global network, CEO provides student entrepreneurs with opportunities, events, chapter activities, and conferences to help start businesses. The highlight of the year is the annual National Conference hosted each fall.

CEO’s vision is to serve more than 400 colleges and universities helping students achieve their entrepreneurial dreams and goals. CEO provides student entrepreneurs with opportunities, events, chapter activities and conferences to help start businesses.

The Seidman College of Business & Grand Valley State University: 

The Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), in the Seidman College of Business, serves to champion and catalyze the vocation of entrepreneurship through development of talent and support for commercialization of new ideas. CEI focuses on the development of talent by providing fundamentals grounded in modern entrepreneurial practice, focused on the application of creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking crucial for new venture success. CEI focuses on support for commercialization by providing the essential hub where entrepreneurs with new ideas can connect to resources. This allows them to take their concept from paper to product or business, which benefits the community as a whole. 

Through competitions, peer to peer networking opportunities with the student-lead Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO), entrepreneurial mentoring programs, access to capital, and connections to high-tech incubation facilities—CEI is dedicated to connecting startups and young businesses in West Michigan with the most ambitious, creative, adaptable students that GVSU has to offer. For more information, visit the CEI website! 


The Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Address: L. William Seidman Center
50 Front Ave SW Suite 1127
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: (616) 331-7582
Fax: (616) 331-7583

Hours: 9:00A - 5:00P M - F

Spectrum Health Innovations:

Spectrum Health Innovations, LLC (SHI) helps foster innovation throughout the Spectrum Health System by helping Spectrum Health physicians and staff identify opportunities for innovation, develop and launch novel ideas, and transform the care model. In particular, SHI focuses on the development and launch of promising new healthcare products and technologies, such as medical devices, hospital equipment, commodity products, diagnostics and software, in addition to new business models for serving customers and patients. 

As part of this role, SHI is Spectrum Health's link to the greater entrepreneurial and product development community, collaborating with entrepreneurs, investors, product development firms, universities, business and technology incubators, software developers and attorneys--which is where CEO Club comes into play. To learn more about our partnership with SHI, click here

Start Garden:

Start Garden is a 15 million dollar fund & innovation space located in downtown Grand Rapids.  Each member of the GVSU CEO Club receives a free membership to Start Garden. This allows members to attend classes & events hosted by Start Garden for free or at a reduced rate. For more information on Start Garden, visit their website.

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