Is Ann Arbor Ready?

Trying to get a fire lit when you are camping is sometimes a struggle. Sure, everyone has their 2 cents on how to stack the wood, prime the fire and light a match but ultimately we never know if the fire is going to stay lit, blow out or burn out too fast. Ann Arbor’s…

Acumen Fund Presents at 407 Today

The CFE is hosting today @ 2pm at Stamps Wei Wei Hsing from the Acumen Fund. These guys are amazing!  If you don’t know much about what they do you should watch this TED video by one of their founders, Sasha Dichter titled “The Generosity Experiment”. What I like about this video is that you…

UM Entrepreneurs – Prepare for Chicago

Today is the last day UM students can apply to the Chicago Entrepreneurial Experience 2011 trip. Why is this event important? Each year the Center for Entrepreneurship takes a group of entrepreneurial students on the road to tour amazing startups, build their network and gain feedback on their ideas. We are excited to be taking…

Celebrating Success – Written by Doug Neal

This is the final blog post of the Acceleration Project. See last week’s post for the Acceleration Phase and the first post in this series for an overview of what I’m rambling on about here. On the evening of Thursday, April 21, 2011, 40 student startup ventures met in the basement of the parking garage…

Acceleration Phase – Written by Doug Neal

This is the third phase (fourth blog post) of the Acceleration Project. See last week’s post for the Skill Building Phase and the first post in this series for an overview of what I’m rambling about here. I was thinking back to a strategy session I was having at one of my early startups I…

The Skill Building Phase – Written by Doug Neal

This is the second phase (third blog post) of the Acceleration Project. See last week’s post for the Application Phase and the first post in this series for an overview of what I’m rambling about here. In Colorado Springs, teams gather to sharpen their skills, train and win.  They analyze their performance, meet with experts…

The Application Phase – Written by Doug Neal

Last week I posted an overview of the Acceleration Project concept, which I believe, is a much better substitute for business plan competitions. (see last week’s post for an overview of the concept) This week I wanted to spend more time on the first part of the Acceleration Project – the Application Phase. Why, you…

Entrepreneurial Jedi Master – Written by Doug Neal

The last two days we were fortunate enough to have Steve Blank spend time with us at the University of Michigan’s Center for Entrepreneurship.  During those two 12-hour days we packed Steve’s schedule with meetings, presentations, reviews, office hours and opportunities to meet with as many of our entrepreneurial community as possible (without killing Steve).…