Grand Rapids Entrepreneurs in Action Trek

 📍 Grand Rapids, Michigan

GREAT is a one day-trek that takes 50 students to Grand Rapids to not only help students gain a solid understanding of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in West Michigan, but also further develop students as innovative, creative, and collaborative thinkers. To help us on that mission, leaders from StartGarden, Cascade Engineering, Mercy Health, and more will be showing students what West Michigan has to offer.  

Northeast Entrepreneurship Trek

📍 New York City & Washington D.C.

NEXT is a one of its kind multi city adventure and 4 day-trek to two of the nation’s fastest-growing startup ecosystems: Washington D.C. and New York City.  30 students will be chosen to venture out into the Northeast while gaining a deeper understanding of how public policy and corporate venture capital influence the entrepreneurial community. 

Weather Underground Startup Trek

📍 San Francisco, California

WUST is a 48-hour adventure in the Bay area where 50 students are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Bay Area’s ever-growing startup ecosystem.  From Silicon Valley to San Francisco’s newest startups, students will get to interact with startup founders, leaders, VC Capitalists, and Michigan alumni who will all help showcase what makes the Bay Area so special.

Detroit Trek

📍 Detroit, Michigan

DTrek is a one day-trek that takes 50 students to Detroit offered in order to help students gain a solid understanding of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Detroit and also understand what needs are yet to be met in the city. To help us on that mission, founders from DROUGHT Juice, Floyd Detroit, Detroit Venture Partners, and more will be showcasing what makes Detroit the newest hub for entrepreneurship.

Startup Treks led through the Center for Entrepreneurship’s M Engage Program launch students into the entrepreneurial ecosystems outside of the Ann Arbor classrooms. Treks are not for the passive, the tired, or the uninspired: they are intense immersions into the cultures, companies, and communities, that ignite innovation. They are platforms from which students can launch relationships with potential investors, professionals, executives, leaders, and peers. They are highly curated, candid experiences for students exploring the startup world as part of their career – and life – journey.

Four treks are planned for the 2016-17 academic year. In order to participate, students submit an application describing their intent and goals for the startup trek experience.

The San Francisco trip has been supported by a gift from via a gift of $500,000, endowing support for the CFE’s annual Bay Area entrepreneurial experience. In recognition of this gift, the trip has been named the Weather Underground Startup Trek.