Join us Friday, January 22 at 12:30 pm in Stamps Auditorium on North Campus for the first round of The Startup.

ALL students, faculty, staff and community are welcome! Not only does it “boost” the teams to get audience support during the competition, but you’ll also get to be a part of the judging. Audience will get to vote in all future rounds to determine who stays, and who goes, as student ventures compete to become Michigan’s next best startup.

NOTE: If you are NOT enrolled in Entrepreneurship Hour (ENTR 407) and are attending as a guest, please use the black stairs located in the Stamps Auditorium Lobby to enter the auditorium via the second level. 

Students enrolled in the class must enter through either side door to the auditorium on the main level to capture attendance. 

21 teams will compete in the first round, pitching for 60 seconds to convince one of our four local venture capitalist mentors to turn their chair around. Each mentor will select 3 teams to move forward on their team, preparing them for The Startup challenges and moving their businesses forward.

Here’s a sneak peak of our mentors…


The Startup is the CFE’s cornerstone competition for undergraduate and graduate students looking to turn a startup idea into a real company. It’s a winner-take-all opportunity for ventures to get visibility, direct one-on-one mentorship with local entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, funding, and bragging rights to be called the next, best startup at Michigan.