The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College and the School of Business and Economics, brings you Husky Innovate - a succession 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.
Through participation, students will distinguish their résumé (or prepare to launch their own company), and will build knowledge, expertise, and confidence.
Students who challenge themselves to pitch their idea at either a national, state, or regional competition will find that the Husky Innovate track provides a solid foundation for their goals. The workshops and events emphasize experiential learning and provide the opportunity to get feedback from peers and mentors.
Get your creativity flowing and start “ideating” through our kick-off Design Thinking and Innovation workshop. Next - take your idea live and pitch it to get invaluable feedback and an opportunity to win cash prizes during the Idea Pitch Competition. November’s workshops utilize the Business Model Canvas - a cutting edge business planning tool that helps you to find the right mix between the nine key components of a business model. Play out different scenarios to see the benefits (or pitfalls) of each. Before the fall semester ends, pull it all together by connecting customer discovery data with a minimum viable product and presenting at the Bob Mark Business Model Competition.
Design Thinking and Innovation Workshop | October 2 | 7-9 p.m. | MUB Makerspace | An experiential workshop designed to move students, faculty, and staff through the processes involved with design-thinking and team innovation. Register here.
Idea Pitch Competition | October 17 | 7-9 p.m. | Fisher 138 | A two minute pitch competition in which students share their favorite innovative and disruptive idea in an interactive community setting. Cash prizes to be awarded. Register early as participation is limited to the first 30 registrants. Want to see what a 'good' pitch looks like?
Business Model Canvas Bootcamp | November 14 and 28 | 7-9 p.m. | Rekhi 214 | This is a chance for students to find the right match between their idea and the business model that will help them reach success. Using the Business Model Canvas, students develop the nine components of a business model to find the optimal approach for commercializing their idea. Please register for this two-part workshop here.
Bob Mark Business Model Competition | December 5 | 7-9 p.m. | Opie Library | A business model competition which assesses the quality of the pitch as well as the customer discovery process and sophistication of the minimum viable product. Cash prizes to be awarded. Register to compete here.
During January, find out what crowdfunding is all about by participating in the Rekhi Innovation Challenge supported by Superior Ideas. Applications are due by January 25th. During February, Superior Ideas will host the fundraising platform. Watch to see who will win. Ready for the New Venture Competition? Refine your pitch during the March Pitch Practice and Mentoring session. In April - wrap it all up and compete at Central Michigan University for up to $30,000 in prizes!
Rekhi Innovation Challenge | January 25 at 3 p.m. Deadline | A Superior Ideas crowdfunding competition to help promote and support student innovation and entrepreneurship. Projects and the team applications must be submitted by January 25th at 3 p.m. The challenge will run the month of February. The team that raises the most money will receive a monetary match of up to $1,000 from ICE. Additional cash prizes to be awarded.
Pitch Practice and Mentoring for New Venture | March 6 | Time and Location TBD |Practice your pitch for the new venture competition and get feedback from fellow entrepreneurially minded students as well as entrepreneurship faculty and mentors.
New Venture Competition | April 12 | Mount Pleasant, MI | A state competition that provides students who have engaged in the entrepreneurship workshops and competitions to compete at Central Michigan University for large cash prizes, up to $30,000; to provide early stage funding for their new venture.