About Us

Richard M. & Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Location:   L William Seidman Center, First Floor, Suite 1127

Phone:      616-331-7582

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.

Kevin McCurren
 J. Kevin McCurren  
Executive Director

J. Kevin McCurren joined the Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in May 2011 as the Executive Director. Kevin has over 25 years of combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience.  As an entrepreneur he has been involved in the start-up of a medical management company, a dental laboratory company and several biomedical companies.  As an investor, Kevin has been involved in several angel investment groups and recently served on the Executive Committee of the Venture Club of Louisville.  Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree in Public Health and Health Services Management from the University of Missouri. 
Shorouq Al-Mallah  Shorouq Al-Mallah  
Associate Director

Shorouq Almallah joined the Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in June 2010 as the Operations Manager. In this role, she is responsible for building and maintaining a robust and integrated network of services and facilitating access to key resources for entrepreneurs. Her core responsibilities include managing the day to day operations, budgeting and finance, supervision of student support, managing organizational website, clients, and events. Previously, Shorouq served as Knowledge Resource Manager for the Family Owned Business Institute. Shorouq holds a Master of Information Science from Indiana University.
Dr. Tim Syfert
  Doctor Tim Syfert
Affiliate Instructor and Staff Member

Tim Syfert teaches entrepreneurship and small business management, international business, and organizational strategy at Grand Valley State University to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Tim has over 25 year’s business experience in key strategic roles at Timex Watch Company, Haworth, Royal Consumer Business Products, Sherwin Williams, Roadway Express Trucking Company, and Johnson Controls.  His work at these companies resulted in several domestic and international patents for many products that are currently in production around the world.  As a designer and business consultant, Tim has helped inventors and start-up companies develop new products, expand product portfolios, and launch new business ventures.  He is currently developing his own new venture blending alcohols for use in sangria. Tim has a bachelor’s degree in business from Oklahoma State University, a master’s in business administration in strategic planning from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management and Technology, and a doctorate in organization development from Capella University.

 Anna Dorsey
Graphic Designer
 Lindsey Noonan
CEO President
   Alaina Clarke
Graduate Assistant
 Michael Kurley
Graduate Assistant



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