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 a business expense fund ($25,000). Learn more here. Download a program flyer.

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The course finale includes a venture challenge where participants will compete for an award. The winner will receive a $25,000 business expense funds. 

Program Topics Include:

  • Customer Focused Idea to MVP
  • Customer Discovery and Competitors
  • Customer Acquisition
  • Business Formation and Legal Issues
  • Financial Modeling and Fundraising 
  • Pitch Coaching
  • Venture Challenge

How to Apply

Step 1.
Application Deadline: 09-06-23

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: 09-11-23

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: 09-18-23

All accepted applicants must enroll by 09-18-23. 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: September 6, 2023

Contact Us

We are available by phone Wednesday and Thursday from 11 am- 4 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 of StockX

"The EMU Executive Certificate in Entrepreneurship was exactly what I was missing in my business journey. It helped me to redefine and strategize around all aspects of my company and made me a better small business owner."

-Shelly Watts, Founder of Muirneen Equestrian, 5k winner of Fall 2022 cohort

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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

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“Overall this program was exceptional and worth every minute. I valued both the structured lessons and the interacton with fellow participants. The feedback helped me, and my company, get better!"

-Thomas Coke, Founder of VaristyGems, Winter 2023 Participant