All events are held at the Starting Gate facility in downtown Kalamazoo (161 E. Michigan Ave.). Contact Lara Hobson to register.

  • Summer program kickoff meeting: May 22, NoonStudent teams accepted into the summer program will meet to discuss goals and objectives.
  • Mentor Meetup 1: June 4, 5:30-7 p.m.—Student teams will be matched to mentors with various areas of expertise.
  • Marketing and Social Media Workshop: June 17, 4-6 p.m. Guest speaker, Tamara Davis, Small Business Development Center
  • Intellectual Property Workshop: June 24, 4:30-6 p.m. Guest speakers include Clark Bennett, interim director, Intellectual Property Management and Commercialization  and  John Engelmann, attorney with Miller Canfield
  • Building your Team Workshop: July 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Guest speaker; Laurel Ofstein, assistant professor of management
  • Business Storytelling: July 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Guest speaker; Allison Downey
  • Update Night and Mentor Meetup 2 with Starting Gate alumni: July 16, 4:30–6 p.m.
  • Are You Ready for an Angel Investor? and Taking your Professional Network to the Next Level Workshop: July 21, 1:30-3:00 p.m.  Guest speaker; Pat Morand, Open Prairie Ventures
  • Legal Entity Fundamentals Workshop: July 22, 4:30-6 p.m. Guest speaker; Sandra Cochrane, Small Business Development Center
  • Demo Day: July 31, 10 a.m. –Noon—Prototypes and business concepts from the student teams will be demonstrated to members of the University and business communities.
  • Pitching Workshop: August 5, 4:30-6 p.m.  Guest speaker; John Mueller, assistant professor of management
  • Sales Workshop: August 12, 4:30-6 p.m. Guest speaker; Matt Mace, BlueGranite
  • Investor Day: August 28, 10–12 p.m.—Student entrepreneurs will make formal presentations about their businesses to members of the investor community to receive feedback and, possibly, future funding.
  • Fall program applications due: Sept. 5
  • Fall program: Sept. 11, 2014–Dec. 19, 2014