Entrepreneur In Residence

Entrepreneur In Residence, a position held by an experienced entrepreneur and a leader who is willing and able to mold young students into thriving, motivated business owners.  Today college graduates leave their respective universities and enter a world of 16.7% unemployment, roughly 8% higher than the national average.  Self-starters are needed more today than ever before.  

The Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI)  at Grand Valley State University views the position of Entrepreneur in Residence as a pivotal educational tool for their students.  

A part of GVSU’s Seidman College of Business, CEI focuses on supporting entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs in Residence will aid the center as it reviews business plans and coaches entrepreneurs, as well as help build its programming.  With the help of residents the CEI can turn the the center into the primary location where entrepreneurs can find answers and receive direction and guidance at the university level.  

Current Entrepreneur in Residence

Julian Turley

email:  turleyj@gvsu.edu

Julian Turley

Julian is the newest Entrepreneur in Residence at the Center of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. While studying at the University of Michigan, he co-founded Nomsy, a web, and mobile food discovery platform. He also co-taught the Entrepreneurship Practicum class as a student. After graduating, he moved to Oakland, California to serve thousands of Black & Latinx students thrive in their careers by designing workshops and diversity recruiting at Code2040. Julian has a passion for building community through entrepreneurship and is eager to help others live out the best version of themselves.

Office Hours

Tuesday: 10 am - 2 p.m.

Thursday: 10 am - 2 p.m.

Or by appointment

Past Entrepreneurs in Residence

Matt Gira

Matt Gira

Founder of FounderCo 

Co-Founder of Fathom

Matt Larson

Matt Larson

Co-Founder and COO



Spencer Covey

Design Consultant
Mercy Health/Trinity Health


Sam Hogg

Sam Hogg

Venture Partner at Open Praire Ventures 

Contributing Writer at Entrepreneur



Roger Jansen, PhD

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer

Spectrum Health

Ryan Vaughn

Ryan Vaughn


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