Here at the Center for Entrepreneurship we celebrate the entrepreneurial mindset year round, but next week the entire nation joins in with National Entrepreneurship Week. 

The congressionally-chartered initiative was founded in 2006 and takes place annually the third week of February. The initiative is dedicated to empower entrepreneurship across the United States and brings together a network of partners to educate, engage, and build equitable access to America’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. 

National Entrepreneurship Week is an ecosystem that is as diverse and rich as the citizens that are a part of it. To help you prep for a week full of free webinar events, we wanted to share some words of wisdom from founders, entrepreneurs, and leaders from the U-M ecosystem and beyond. 

The following are some useful insights from past guest speakers who joined us for our E-Hour seminar series. 

Karl Iagnemma, President and CEO of Motional   It’s good to be early, right? Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but if you can be early, if you can avoid competition, you do it. But if you’re not at that early phase I think it is important to understand exactly your path to success. Often it’s not doing what people were doing three or four years ago, it is finding the fit and the need of what those now mature companies are looking to purchase.