Events

  • All events are held at the Western Michigan University Starting Gate facility in downtown Kalamazoo - Park Trades Center (326 W. Kalamazoo Ave.  Suite #321. Kalamazoo, 49007). Contact Lara Hobson to register.

    • Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Design Workshop: January 10, 4 to 5:30 p.m.—The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent and pivot your business model. It is a simple graphical template describing nine essential components: customer segments, value propositions, channels, customer relationships, revenue streams, resources, activities, partnerships and costs. The individual elements prompt consideration of a business’s full scope, while the layout encourages thought about how the pieces fit together. Learn how to create products and services that customers want. Free to WMU and KVCC students, all others $35. Guest speaker: Sandra Cochrane, Small Business Development Center

    • Networking 101: January 23, 4 to 5:30 p.m.—It's 5 p.m. somewhere and the people you meet at after hours events may be the people that take you to that next step forward in your career or introduce you to that "hard to gain access to" connection. Learn networking tips and tricks from Kalamazoo's mistress of ceremonies. Free to WMU and KVCC students, all others $35. Guest speaker: Janis Clark, WMU Alumni Relations Office

    • Entrepreneurial Operating System and Traction Workshop: January 30, 4 to 5:30 p.m.—Learn the secrets of strengthening the six key components of your business.  Get the traction you need to avoid personnel conflict, profit woes and inadequate growth to get what you want from your business. Free to WMU and KVCC students, all others $35. Guest speaker: Jim Coyle, Nexus Business Solutions

    • Basics of Startup Financials Workshop: February 6, 4 to 5:30 p.m. —This workshop will give participants the basic framework for running the financial numbers for their startups. It will also go into identifying costs and areas for additional investigation. Free to WMU and KVCC students, all others $35. Guest speaker: Matt Ross, assistant professor of finance, Western Michigan University

    • Using Improv Techniques in your Pitch: February 13, 4 to 5:30 p.m.—This workshop will demonstrate some simple tools to help you present with confidence. Using improv technique, you'll be able to better read the moment and respond accordingly. Don't just deliver a finely crafted speech, speak from your passion and compel interest! Free to all WMU and KVCC students, all others $35. Guest speaker: Dann Sytsma, Improv Effects

    • Communication Workshop: February 20, 4 to 5:30 p.m. —This workshop will go through the basics of communication topics pertaining to marketing materials, business plans, writing to mentors/leads/investors along with how to effectively communicate a 3-minute elevator pitch and a 10-minute Demo Day presentation. Free to WMU and KVCC students, all others $35. Guest speaker: Jo Wiley, director, Haworth College of Business Communication Center

    • Pitching to Angels Workshop: February 27, 4 to 5:30 p.m.—This is a dialog-centric block of time during which the participants will be introduced to the intricacies of a variety of capital investment structures and their related terms and conditions. In addition, the participants will be presented with how networking becomes a way of life that advances both professional and personal objectives while actually building communities of interest. Free to WMU and KVCC students, all others $35. Guest speaker: Pat Morand, Open Prairies Ventures

    • Demo Day: March 20, 2017  3:30 to 5:30 p.m.—Student entrepreneurs will make formal presentations about their businesses to members of the investor community to receive feedback and, possibly, future funding.  Location—WMU Haworth College of Business

    • Pitch Competition: March 24, 2017 1 to 3:30 p.m.  Location—WMU Haworth College of Business