Category: Entrepreneurship

Michigan Tech GSG Academic Seminar – Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Do you have a “million-dollar idea” but lack the know-how to translate that idea into a marketable product or service? Join Graduate Student Government for an academic seminar intended to provide you with locally available resources to get your project up and running.

This seminar will consist of brief presentations from on- and off-campus innovators and start-up business facilitators from such organizations as MTEC SmartZone the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) followed by Q&A sessions. This is an excellent opportunity to gain useful advice for starting your own business based on your idea(s), as well as fostering important networking connections. Where: Administration Building, Room 404 When: Wednesday, January 29th 4:00-5:30PM Space is limited so be sure to register using this link.

By Graduate Student Government.


Michigan Tech Silicon Valley Experience 2020 Registration Open

Aspiring student entrepreneurs and innovators are invited to apply for the Michigan Tech Silicon Valley Experience, a Spring Break immersive tour of California Bay Area companies that includes meetings with entrepreneurs and Michigan Tech alumni who are leaders in their field.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 10. Register online. Up to 16 students will be guaranteed a slot on the trip. Priority will be given to students who have been previously engaged with innovation and entrepreneurship and articulate continued engagement on their application.

Major funding for this trip is provided by the 14 Floors alumni group. Husky Innovate—a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the College of Business, and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization is co-hosting this with 14 Floors.

Students who apply and are accepted will have the opportunity to:

  • Tour companies like Google, Netflix, Hewlett Packard, Facebook, Ford, as well as the former Michigan Tech student startup company Handshake
  • Meet with entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Talk with Michigan Tech alumni who are leaders in their field,
  • Get answers to your real-world business, innovation, and leadership questions,
  • Gain firsthand knowledge of the enterprises that are revolutionizing global business

Lodging, ground transportation to and from toured companies and some food will be covered. Students will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own air travel.

As part of the student application, students will create a 2-minute video describing how they will share their experience with the Michigan Tech community upon completion of their travel in order to positively contribute to our entrepreneurial ecosystem. Students who have a demonstrated financial need can apply for a limited travel scholarship


Promote Your Innovation with Michigan Tech Social Media Workshop on Jan. 15

Husky Innovate to host the workshop, Promote Your Innovation with Social Media on Jan. 15.

Billions of dollars have been raised worldwide through crowdfunding. Consequently crowdfunding has gained popularity as an alternative way to finance innovations and entrepreneurial efforts. Typically we think of crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Rockethub. But did you know that Michigan Tech hosts its own crowdfunding platform called Superior Ideas to recruit funding for projects at the University?

Each year, in partnership with Husky Innovate, Superior Ideas hosts the Rekhi Innovation Challenge, a crowdfunding competition in which the winner receives awards including a match of up to $1,000 of funds raised on the platform.

This year’s project submission deadline is midnight Jan. 22. Email Natasha Chopp,  to apply. Those who are interested in getting prepped for the Rekhi Innovation challenge and other crowdfunding opportunities should not miss this workshop on Jan. 15. Register here.

By Husky Innovate.


Rekhi Innovation Challenge for Michigan Tech Enterprise and Senior Design

The Rekhi Innovation Challenge is a crowdfunding competition to help promote and support student innovation and entrepreneurship through the use of Superior Ideas. Enterprise and Senior Design teams (not industry-sponsored projects) are strongly encouraged to participate in the competition.

The competition will run for the month of February and the team that raises the most money will receive a monetary match up of to $1,000. Additional monetary awards will also be offered.

Projects must be submitted by 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 on Superior Ideas in order to enter into the competition. The application and guidelines can be found on Husky Innovate or by contacting Natasha Chopp.

By Superior Ideas.


Spring Break 2020 Michigan Tech Silicon Valley Experience

Aspiring student entrepreneurs and innovators are invited to apply for the Michigan Technological University Silicon Valley Experience, an immersive tour during spring break 2020 of California Bay Area companies that includes meetings with entrepreneurs and Michigan Tech alumni who are leaders in their field. The deadline to apply for the experience co-hosted by Husky Innovate, a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the College of Business, and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization, is February 10, 2020.

Read more at the College of Business blog, by Shannon Rinkinen.


Michigan Tech Bob Mark Pitch Competition Jan. 29

Registration is now open for the Bob Mark Pitch Competition. Husky Innovate is hosting the 2020 Bob Mark Business Model Competition on from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 29  from in the Atrium of the U.J. Noblet Forestry Building. Graduate and undergraduate students from across campus disciplines are invited to compete. Register online.

We invite all faculty, staff and students to join us for an energized pitch competition. The Bob Mark Business Model Competition assesses the potential of an idea by focusing on the product-market fit, the product/technology idea and the value it brings to the market.

Prizes will be awarded to the most scalable and actionable business model pitches.

Prizes for the Bob Mark Business Model Competition include:

  • First Prize – $2,000
  • Second Prize – $1,000
  • Third Prize – $500
  • Honorable Mention (two prizes) – $250 each
  • Audience Favorite – $250

This event is a tribute to the late Bob Mark, Professor of Practice within the College of Business who started the Elevator Pitch Competition at Michigan Tech. The competition recognizes his entrepreneurial spirit and its continuation at Michigan Tech.

The 2020 Bob Mark Business Model Competition is hosted by Husky Innovate, a collaboration between Pavlis Honors College, the College of Business and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization.

Husky Innovate is Michigan Tech’s resource hub for innovation & entrepreneurship and offers workshops, competitions, NSF I-Corps training, a Speaker Series, and cohosts the Silicon Valley Experience.

By Husky Innovate.