It’s time to chase down your dreams with our Executive Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Venture Challenge. An eight-week hybrid program with only eight half-day Saturday meetings that offer business startup instruction by industry experts, business faculty, professional coaches, mentors and the chance for participants to present their startup ideas for $25,000 business expense fund to be offered to one or shared by two ideas. Learn more here. Download a program flyer.

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The course finale includes a venture challenge where participants will compete for one or two awards to share a total of $25,000 business expense fund. 

Program Topics Include:

  • Developing and evaluating startup ideas
  • Developing a workable business model
  • Discovery and acquisition of customers
  • Forming a company and legal issues
  • Financial planning
  • Fundraising and startup valuation
  • Pitching for funding

How to Apply

Step 1.
Application Deadline: 08-15-22

Apply today for a chance to secure one of the 20 available spaces and one of the full or $1000 scholarships.

Step 2.
Acceptance date: 08-26-22

Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications for enrollment and scholarship. Applicants, accepted for enrollment, will receive a link for enrollment via email. 

Step 3.
Enrollment Deadline: 09-07-22

All accepted applicants must enroll by 09-07-22. All enrollee will pay $500 at the time of enrollment.  This amount will be refunded to all full scholarship recipients after completing the program (attending all in-person meetings and completing assignments). 

Who Should Attend?

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Aspiring entrepreneurs with a scalable business idea (not commercialized yet) with high growth potential.

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Entrepreneurs involved in developing a product or technology for a startup.

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Executives looking to grow their entrepreneurial mindset and implement new products.

Program Fees and Scholarships

Regular Fees: $1500
Most participants will receive a full ($1500) or partial ($1000) scholarship.
For all enrollees $500 will be due at the time of enrollment.
After successful completion of the program, full scholarship recipients will be refunded $500.

Submit Your Application Today!

Application Deadline: August 15, 2022

Contact Us

We are available by phone Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 11 am- 3 pm. During other times, and for quick questions you can also reach us by the email listed below.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 734-487-0902


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“As an entrepreneur and EMU grad I understand the impact a program like this will have. I am looking forward to working with the participants and helping them develop their ideas. I am also very glad to be part of a team like EMU Center for Entrepreneurship that is committed to helping our community and Southeast Michigan.”

-Chris Kaufman, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of StockX

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“It was truely an honor to win the EMU Center for Entrepreneurship's Venture Challenge award"

-Sarah Beatty, Founder of Culturewell, Inaugural $25,000 Winner

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“This business training experience provided me with the knowledge and skills that I needed to move forward with my startup. EMU helped me connect with business mentors in the community. The didactics were excellent!"

-Snehal Patel, Founder of HeloGenika, Inaugural Participant