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Michigan Veteran Entrepreneur-Lab
About the Lab
Michigan Veteran Entrepreneur-Lab (MVE-Lab) is a free 3-month entrepreneurship accelerator for military-connected people and/or spouses/partners. It is designed to provide hands-on startup education for those seeking to add $10,000 or more annual income to their household through small business activity. The program is cohort-based and meets on Monday nights for 12 weeks, 6p to 9p. During Covid, the program is delivered via Zoom. A device with a working camera and audio is required. (A smartphone is fine).
A program of Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI), in partnership with the GVSU Veterans Network, MVE-Lab provides education in the startup process and connections to Michigan's robust entrepreneur ecosystem.
Participants work on their business launch over a 3 month period. Guests include other veteran entrepreneurs, mentors, and experts like attorneys and marketing specialists. MVE-Lab equips participants to identify their target customer, network with others, and find the resources they need to launch profitably and successfully. It concludes with a Pitch Showcase awarding at least $10,000 in prize money.
To empower military-connected individuals and families with accelerated, cohort-based entrepreneurial education to pursue their dreams.
to be recognized as a central and dynamic hub of training, education, and mentoring for veteran entrepreneurs in Michigan.
What We Provide
- A peer group of veteran entrepreneurs
- Facilitated learning from GVSU
- Feedback on business strategy
- Customized support
- Access to grants and loans
- New relationships in the ecosystem
We are looking for military-connected people who are:
You know what you want and have a vision.
Flexible and Determined
It's not going to be easy! But we and your cohort will be right there with you.
We trust that you will take advantage of these opportunities to the fullest.
Grand Valley State University has been recognized by GIJOBS.com. Military Advanced Education, and Military Times for exemplary support of veterans. Additionally, GVSU has been awarded Gold status for the past three years by the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency.