THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES IS NOT TO WIN BUT TO TAKE PART, JUST AS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE IS NOT THE TRIUMPH BUT THE STRUGGLE. THE ESSENTIAL THING IS NOT TO HAVE CONQUERED BUT TO HAVE FOUGHT WELL.

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Events

Info Session

For more information about Startup Academy, Startup Olympics, and our upcoming events, come to the Pendleton Room of the Union on January 22 at 8pm.

Why: To engage with real customers to learn what the right product to fit your target market’s need is before you spend time and money building it.

How: Talking to real people. You will be taught the right way to conduct an interview and do as many as you can.

Because: You can be one of many who are given a $5000 investment at $1 million valuation OR put into the startup accelerator of your choosing from a competition by Adam Berk.

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When: January 28th at 7pm: Workshop

Where: Innovatrium 601 East University Ave

Who: Steve Sherman and Jack Dean from Customer Discovery Ninja

Why: To create a pitch for your product and learn how to make a pitch deck for venture capital investors.

How: Building your pitch deck and practicing pitching for competition.

Because: As an entrepreneur you will be pitching your solution all the time. Through Startup Academy you will be doing it to prepare for MTank, our version of Shark Tank where real investors judge and sponsor your product.

When: Workshop: February 19th 7pm

Award Ceremony: February 25th 7pm

Where: Innovatrium

Why: Take the information you have collected and market the product you’ve come up with to validate its demand.

How: A couple of creative challenges will allow you to see how much customers are truly interested in your product.

Because: Doing interviews gives you a great idea of the product to make – now its time to see if it really sells.

This is also a great chance to get real numbers to show to investors.

When: Workshop: March 17th 7pm

Final Award Ceremony: March 31st 7pm

Where: Innovatrium for workshop, TBD for awards

About Us

Mission Statement

Mentioned above is a quote by Baron de Coubertin which serves as the creed, or guiding principle, of the modern Olympic Games.

Startup Academy has a similar mission – to ensure that those who attempt to launch a startup attempt to do so the right way.

We push teams to go beyond ideation towards action, to be constantly learning and building.

With the progress on the startups, a great deal of experience will be acquired.

Contact

Send any email inquiries to: mpowered-startupacademy@umich.edu

Alex: alexcm@umich.edu

Adam: apbass@umich.edu

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