Michigan Veteran Entrepreneur-Lab

About the Lab

Michigan Veteran Entrepreneur-Lab (MVE-Lab) is a free 3-month entrepreneurship accelerator for veterans and/or military spouses. It is designed to provide hands-on startup education for those seeking to add $25,000 or more annual income to their household through small business activity. The program is cohort-based and meets on Monday (Grand Rapids) & Tuesdays (Ann Arbor) nights for 12 weeks, 6p to 9p.  

Interested in participating?  Apply here.

A program of Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI), 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 customers, network with others, and find the resources they need to launch profitably and successfully.  It concludes with a Pitch Showcase awarding at least $25,000 in prize money.

Events

MVE-Lab Grand Rapids Cohort 9 Intro Night

September 12, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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MVE-Lab Ann Arbor Cohort 10 Intro Night

September 13, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Mission:

To empower military-connected individuals and families with accelerated, cohort-based entrepreneurial education to pursue their dreams.

Vision:

to be recognized as a central and dynamic hub of training, education, and mentoring for veteran entrepreneurs in Michigan.

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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
What we do: funding, learning, support, cohorts

We are looking for military-connected people who are:

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Passionate

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. 

Accountable

We trust that you will take advantage of these opportunities to the fullest. 

Encouraging Veterans

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. 

 

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