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

Matt Gira


Matt Gira

Matt is the newest Entrepreneur in Residence at the Center of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Matt is the Founder of FounderCo after being a co-founder at Fathom, a Techstars Mobility company. Alongside Fathom, Matt took part in the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Hope College from 2015-2018. Matt has a passion for helping other entrepreneurs become more impactful and is willing to help wherever possible.

Office Hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Thursday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

By appointment

Past Entrepreneurs in Residence

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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