Eastern Michigan University Announces Second Executive Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Venture Challenge Program


YPSILANTI – The Center for Entrepreneurship at Eastern Michigan University launches its second Executive Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Venture Challenge program to help aspiring entrepreneurs launch their ideas. The second session is expected to launch on October 1.

The Entrepreneurship Program is an eight-week hybrid program that offers business lessons, career coaching, mentorship, networking, and the opportunity for participants to pitch their startup ideas for an opportunity to earn $25,000 for the expenses of their start-up business.

“There were about 30 community leaders involved in the inaugural cohort of this program as instructors, coaches, mentors and judges,” said Sanjib Chowdhury, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. “We are proud to offer such a unique program to emerging entrepreneurs in our community.”

Sarah Beatty was the winner of the inaugural $25,000 challenge for her start-up Culturewell. She uses the funds to help pay for expenses that can be overwhelming for emerging entrepreneurs. Beatty expressed satisfaction with the program as it uniquely prepared her for success in her business.

Another participant in the program’s inaugural session was Snehal Patel, founder of HeloGenika. “The training and experience from this program provided me with the knowledge and skills I needed to move forward with my startup,” Patel said.

The Executive Certificate in Entrepreneurship program will include industry experts, professional coaches, mentors and start-up investors. It was developed for aspiring Michigan entrepreneurs with scalable, growth-oriented business ideas and for executives looking to develop their entrepreneurial spirit. The program will consist of eight modules with topics such as:

  • Customer-centric idea at MVP
  • Discovering and acquiring customers
  • Business creation and legal issues
  • Financial planning
  • Fundraising and pitching options for the corporate challenge

The program will include a business challenge for the chance to receive $25,000 to cover business expenses. A cohort with a maximum of 20 motivated emerging entrepreneurs will be selected.

Several scholarships are available. “We are very grateful for the generous contributions from our donors,” said Chowdhury. The application deadline for the initial program is August 15. For more information and to apply, visit Executive Certificate in Entrepreneurship program website.

About the Entrepreneurship Center

Established in 1986, the UEM Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) strives to build a culture of entrepreneurship in the UEM community by supporting a strong entrepreneurship curriculum and offering a variety of programs extracurriculars. CFE also encourages local entrepreneurship by engaging EMU students and faculty in innovation, business creation, and growth in Southeast Michigan.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves over 15,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, honors, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In total, more than 300 majors, minors, and concentrations are offered by the University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Company; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Social Services; and its doctoral school. National publications regularly recognize UEM for its excellence, diversity and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University’s website. To stay up to date on University news, visit EMU Today.

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