Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Michigan Tech GSG Academic Seminar

Come learn more about the resources provided by Tech’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in a café-style information session from 3 – 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in Admin 404.

This will be followed by an interactive design-thinking workshop. You can register for the event here.

By Graduate Student Government.


DTX Launch Detroit Deadline is April 4

Michigan Tech students from Detroit and the surrounding area have a  unique summertime opportunity through incubator and accelerator, TechTown Detroit. TechTown, a partner of the Detroit Technology Exchange (DTX), connects entrepreneurs to resources, as well as learning and networking events in Detroit.

DTX Launch Detroit is a ten-week paid entrepreneurship program for college students and recent graduates who want to start their own business with an innovative idea. The program runs from May 21 to August 8. Students can expand their entrepreneurship tool box, develop their resume, complete the groundwork for launching their own innovative idea and receive a stipend in the process.

Participants will receive $2,500 upon completing the program (up to $7,500 per team). The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 4. More information about DTX Launch Detroit and how to apply can be found here.

By Amy Karagiannakis, Pavlis Honors College.


Michigan Tech Husky Innovation Speaker Series Begins Friday

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host the first of the Husky Innovate Speaker Series at noon Friday (March 1) in the Pavlis Honors College Collaboration Space (M&M 722).

Faculty, students and staff are invited to join us for a talk given by Michigan Tech’s Andrew Barnard (ME-EM). Barnard is an assistant professor and faculty advisor for SENSE Enterprise.

Barnard is using lean business model development and customer discovery to start his own business, NanoSound.

NanoSound focuses on the elimination of noise from pipe and duct systems, like automotive exhausts and heating and ventilation pipes. Barnard will provide an example of an early business pitch and provide insights into the customer discovery process and business model development that has led to significant pivots in the start-up’s trajectory.

If you are an innovator or entrepreneur working on an idea with the goal of launching your own business, you are encouraged to attend. Registration is required, and attendance will be capped at 30. Lunch will be provided to the first 30 people to register.

The Husky Innovate Speaker Series is hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship which is a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College and the School of Business and Economics.


Michigan Tech Rekhi Innovation Challenge Ends Tomorrow

The Rekhi Innovation Challenge ends at midnight tomorrow (Feb. 28). This year there are seven teams competing. The Rekhi Challenge is a crowdfunding competition to help promote and support student innovation and entrepreneurship through Michigan Tech’s crowdfunding site, Superior Ideas.

The team that raises the most money will receive a monetary match of up to $1,000. Additional awards will also be offered in five different categories:

  • Total number of unique visitors
  • Total number of unique funders
  • Most social media engagement
  • Most creative marketing communications strategy
  • First team to raise $500.

Superior Ideas was established in 2012 to help bring University research and public service projects to life. The site uses crowdfunding to raise money and awareness for University research and public service projects that may not qualify for grant funding.

The Rekhi Innovation Challenge was developed with support from Michigan Tech alumnus and longtime donor Kanwal Rekhi. The Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1969.

If you’d like to learn more about any of these projects or donate, visit Superior Ideas. Help support student innovation and entrepreneurship at Michigan Tech by making a donation today.


Students Invited to Apply for Spring Break Trip to Silicon Valley

Aspiring student entrepreneurs and innovators are invited to apply for the Michigan Tech Silicon Valley Experience, a spring break 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 Friday, Feb. 8, and the application form can be found at SVE Experience 2019 Application. Up to fifteen students will be selected for this experience. Major funding for the trip is provided by Michigan Tech alumnus Kanwal Rekhi, as well as the Pavlis Honors College Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship and the School of Business and Economics in collaboration with 14 Floors.

Silicon Valley is known for its software giants, high-tech startups, Fortune 1,000 companies, innovative culture and entrepreneurial ecosystem—the environment that affects local/regional entrepreneurship, such as culture, policies, talent, entrepreneurial organizations, regional resources, and networks.

The Silicon Valley Experience will showcase multiple perspectives of a day in the life of successful entrepreneurs, innovators, engineers, and business leaders. This tour will provide an interactive opportunity for students to discover more about a variety of industry settings, to sample various innovative corporate cultures through tours and presentations, and to meet and talk with successful alumni entrepreneurs.

Students who are accepted will have the opportunity to:

  • Tour companies like Google, Netflix, Hewlett Packard, Facebook, Ford, Clari, BYTON, Twilio, Autodesk, Waymo, the Porter Vineyard, as well as recent Michigan Tech alumnus startup, 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, some food and ground transportation to and from toured companies 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 two-minute video describing how they will share their experience with the University 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. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Casper.


Michigan Tech Rekhi Innovation Challenge

The Rekhi Innovation Challenge is a crowdfunding competition to help promote and support student innovation and entrepreneurship through the use of Superior Ideas.

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 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 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.


New Venture Competition April 12

The last event in the Husky Innovate series will take place at Central Michigan University on April 12. For the ninth year, Michigan Tech and Central Michigan are collaborating to offer their students the opportunity to compete at the New Venture Competition (NVC) in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Students compete for more than $100,000 in cash prizes and in-kind services.

Are you a student with a great business idea, or do you want to team up with a student who has a great business idea? If so, the New Venture Competition provides an exciting venue to pitch your business, get valuable feedback, network with representatives within Michigan’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, and last but not least, perhaps win some valuable prize money.

The NVC provides a transformational experience in which students are able to earn start-up funds for their new venture. Students will have multiple opportunities to connect with experienced entrepreneurs, alumni, business professionals, venture capital experts, angel investors and faculty and community leaders.

Students who are interested must submit an “Intent to Compete” application for the New Venture Competition by Friday (Jan. 11). Register and apply.

By Lisa Casper.


Pavlis Accepting Applications for Honors Pathway Program at Michigan Tech

The Pavlis Honors College is currently accepting applications to the Honors Pathway Program for Spring 2019. While applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the semester, students planning to begin the Honors Pathway Program in the spring should apply by Sunday, Nov. 25. Students are eligible to apply if they have 5-6 semesters remaining on campus.

Pavlis offers 6 distinct pathways on which students may build their honors program:

  • Global Leadership
  • Community Engagement
  • Research Scholars
  • Enhanced Enterprise Experience
  • New Venture
  • Custom Pathway

Each of these pathways provides a framework of support, exceptional resources, and a community of scholars for students interested in challenging themselves and making a difference.

If you know of a student who may be interested in the Pavlis Honors College, please encourage them to apply. Students considering applying, should stop by the Pavlis Honors College in M&M 722 from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for open advising to learn more about the program requirements and application process.

If you would like to request more information regarding the Honors Pathway Program and the components required to graduate with honors from Michigan Tech, email us at honors@mtu.edu.

By Pavlis Honors College.


Bob Mark Business Model Competition Applications Now Open at Michigan Tech

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host the 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the Opie Library. Students can apply to compete here.

The 2018 Bob Mark competition includes an idea pitch and a business model description. This event takes place later in the year so that contestants will have the opportunity to develop their business model through participation in Husky Innovate workshops. Using Lean Launchpad methods and the Business Model Canvas, students will share insights from customer interviews.

Prizes will be awarded to the most scalable and actionable business model pitches. Using prize money, students have a chance to take their entrepreneurial idea to the next stage of development further preparing them for additional opportunities such as competing at the New Venture Competition held in April at Central Michigan University.

President Koubek will serve as a distinguished judge alongside other entrepreneurially minded faculty, staff and community members.

Prizes for the Bob Mark Business Model Competition include:

  • First Prize – $2,000 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Second Prize – $1,000 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Third Prize – $500 + $100 services from MTEC SmartZone
  • Honorable Mention (2 prizes) – $250 each
  • Audience Favorite – $250
  • MTEC SmartZone prize – $1000

This event is a tribute to the late Bob Mark, professor of practice in the School of Business and Economics. Mark founded the Elevator Pitch Competition and brought the Business Plan Competition to Michigan Tech. The Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition and other efforts support his entrepreneurial spirit and that continues to live on in students, faculty, and staff.

Students who participated in the Idea Pitch Competition in October are strongly encouraged to apply to compete in the Bob Mark Business Model Competition.

Students should apply by submitting this form no later than midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 21 (before Thanksgiving break). The top 15 applicants will be selected to participate in the Bob Mark Business Model Competition. Students who upload a business model canvas to their application will be given priority consideration. Student guidelines, scoring criteria and a blank Business Model Canvas can be found at mtu.edu/honors/ice/husky-innovate.

The 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition is part of Husky Innovate, a series of workshops and events that build on each other with the intention of guiding students through key phases of innovation or business development while emphasizing evidence-based strategies for success. Bob Mark Business Model Competition is hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, which is a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the School of Business and Economics and the Vice President for Research Office.

By Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship.