Michigan Ross School of Business | Groups




EVC directly organizes or heavily supports the following events and programs: 

Entrepalooza – an annual day long symposium in early September with panels, keynotes, and networking that attracts over 300 local and national entrepreneurs and investors. You can read about this year’s Entrepalooza event here (link)

Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) – an investment pitch competition where you play the role of investors.  Students form teams to review real investment opportunities and then have the opportunity to make their case for what they see as the best investment.   The top teams are support to compete in a national level competition.

SXSW Trek – the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, is music, film, and interactive festival that features some of the best new technology innovations and is a superb opportunity for fun and networking.   EVC will be organizing a trip to this year’s festival.

Social Events and Guest Speakers – EVC periodically organizes guest speakers and social events to provide a venue for members to connect with each other


EVC members are also heavily involved in a variety of entrepreneurship programs, including:

NewTech Meetup – a monthly locally-organized event hosted in partnership with EVC that gives 5 start-ups 10 minutes to present and take Q&A about their business.  A great way to get to know local start-ups and engage in the local entrepreneurial community.

Dare to Dream Grant Program – led by the Zell Lurie Institute, this program annually provides up to $100,000 of grant fund to support the development of business plans for student start-ups.

Michigan Business Business Challenge – led by the Zell Lurie Institute, a university wide business plan competition with over 80 teams that includes a $15,000 top prize and over $40,000 in total cash awards.

Michigan Growth Capital Symposium – led by the Zell Lurie Institute, this is the premiere event in the Midwest bringing together over 400 attendees, including 65 investment firms and 32 top midwestern companies seeking funding.