Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Students help small businesses with marketing, business plans as owners navigate COVID-19

LendGR, a new program in the Seidman College of Business, is pairing students with area small business owners and entrepreneurs to help them develop or strengthen their businesses.

Oct 19, 2020


Alumna launches 'Headband Aid' to bring relief to those wearing masks for extended hours

Kat Samardzija, '19, founder of Locker Lifestyle, created Headband Aid. Buttons on the headband allow you to attach a surgical mask to relieve irritation behind the ears.

May 18, 2020


New program helps students launch businesses

A new student accelerator program, 77IdeaLab, is designed to help Grand Valley undergraduate or graduate students build and launch a company in one semester.

Dec 12, 2019


Teen entrepreneurs win $5,000 for ideas to combat poverty

A team of six area high school students won $2,500 and took first place at the 2019 Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy (TESA) Final Showcase June 28.

Jul 2, 2019


Teen entrepreneur camp focuses on reducing inequities

More than 45 students from 24 area high schools will work alongside Grand Valley State University faculty members and students to brainstorm ways to create economic growth opportunities that can lead to a reduction in poverty rates and increase access to services.

Jun 17, 2019


Student named a Newsmaker of the Year by business journal

Katarina Samardzija, a senior majoring in marketing and entrepreneurship, was named one of the Newsmakers of the Year by the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Feb 1, 2019


GVSU celebrates veterans at annual breakfast

President Thomas J. Haas hosted the Eighth Annual Veterans Day Breakfast to recognize the service and sacrifice of Grand Valley students, faculty and staff members who served or are currently serving in the U.S. military. 

Nov 9, 2018


Teens win prize money for Smart View app idea

A team of five area high school students won $2,500 and took first place at the 2018 Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy (TESA) Final Showcase June 22 for their idea for a Smart View app that would show how certain areas of downtown Grand Rapids would look in the future.

Jun 27, 2018


Teen entrepreneur camp focuses on creating smart cities

Area high school students will work alongside Grand Valley State University faculty members and students to come up with a new product concept or service during a week-long summer camp.

Jun 12, 2018


GVSU launches entrepreneur accelerator for veterans

Grand Valley State University has established the Michigan Veteran Entrepreneur-Lab (MVE-Lab), a new outreach program designed to give veteran entrepreneurs the know-how, resources and network to start or grow a company in the region.

Jun 1, 2018