Starting Gate students and mentors are listening to pitch presentations in the Haymarket downtown location.


All workshops are held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in 2150 Schneider Hall (Dean's Conference Room) at the Haworth College of Business, unless otherwise noted. These events are open to all WMU students, even those not participating in the full accelerator program, by registering no later than noon on the day of each workshop. Additionally, business students may attend for SPuRS credit.

Spring 2024 schedule

Women in sports leadership – how I broke the glass ceiling in a 97% male-dominated hockey industry

January 22, 2024 | Toni Will, general manager and governor, Kalamazoo Wings Hockey Club

Ethics in entrepreneurship

January 29, 2024 | Jeremy Blair, associate professor of dance, WMU and E-RYT 500 Yoga Instructor

Leading an organization

February 5, 2024 | Dr. Decker B. Hains, chair and master faculty specialist of management, WMU

Digital marketing tools for entrepreneurs

February 12, 2024 | Dr. Scott Cowley, associate professor of marketing, WMU

Negotiating basics for entrepreneurs

February 19, 2024 | Dr. Kelley O'Reilly, chair and professor of marketing, WMU

An entrepreneur's story

February 26, 2024 | Joe Craparotta, founder, Cura Group

Managing anxiety for entrepreneurs

March 11, 2024 | Jennifer Wilson, owner, Windley Works

Starting Gate Demo Day

March 25, 2024 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. | The 2023-24 Starting Gate cohort will introduce their products or services to investors for potential funding.