The Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), in the Seidman College of Business, serves to champion and catalyze the vocation of entrepreneurship through development of talent and support for commercialization of new ideas. CEI focuses on the development of talent by providing fundamentals grounded in modern entrepreneurial practice, focused on the application of creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking crucial for new venture success. CEI focuses on support for commercialization by providing the essential hub where entrepreneurs with new ideas can connect to resources. This allows them to take their concept from paper to product or business, which benefits the community as a whole. Through competitions, peer to peer networking opportunities with the student-lead Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO), entrepreneurial mentoring programs, access to capital, and connections to high-tech incubation facilities—CEI is dedicated to connecting startups and young businesses in West Michigan with the most ambitious, creative, adaptable students that GVSU has to offer.


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