Friday, September 22, 2017

8:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast – Michigan League Concourse

 9:00 AM

Stewart Thornhill
, Executive Director,
Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
Welcome and Presentation of the Zell Lurie Scholars
Michigan League Ballroom

9:15 AM

Keynote Speaker
Veronika Scott, Founder & CEO of the Empowerment Plan 

Michigan League Ballroom


10:15 AM

Networking Break
Michigan League Concourse


10:30 – 11:30 AM

Workshops – First Session

Workshop I – Startup Law 101: Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs
Vandenberg, 2nd Floor

What legal entity should I use? What is an operating agreement and do I need one? Do I need copyright protection? What do I have to do to register my business? What about taxes? At this interactive workshop, you will learn about a wide range of  legal matters from formation to financing. Legal experts, Joe Morrison and Michael Melfi, both of Bodman Ann Arbor, will walk you through your top legal questions and more!

Workshop II – Alternatives to Adobe: Opensource Applications
Kalamazoo, 2nd Floor

As Adobe Creative Cloud applications can be expensive – even with a student discount – come discover free open source alternatives. These programs give bootstrapping startups options they might otherwise not have when creating logos, websites, brochure, photos and more. Presented by Megha Krishnan, Marketing and Communications Manager, Innovate Blue, and James Wilson, Marketing Specialist, Academic Programs, UM Center for Entrepreneurship.

Come with a laptop and ready to learn!

Workshop III – Bootstrapping Basics: Launching on (Very) Little
Henderson, 3rd Floor

Most startup founders spend a significant amount of their own money to finance their venture’s first-year operating costs. Startup funds end up being sourced from savings accounts, credit cards, or friends and family. In this session, you’ll discover how successful entrepreneurs grew from meager means. Discover low-cost to free resources, products, and services which will save you money. Having a roadmap of your expenses ahead will enable you to build and grow your company or organization without a fatal surprise that ends in “game over.” Bill Mayer, Vice President, Entrepreneurial Services. Ann Arbor SPARK, will help you explore bootstrapping techniques and William Crane, Founder &  CEO of IndustryStar Solutions, will share his personal stories of bootstrapping his company.

Workshop IV – Grand Circus: Anyone Can Code
Michigan, 2nd Floor

Brought to you by Grand Circus Detroit, “Anyone Can Code” is an hour-long interactive workshop designed for folks who are curious about coding, but who have little to no experience. This workshop will start off with a discussion about software development — “Why are we intimidated by it?”, “What is coding?”, “How can I learn to code?” — followed by Front-End foundations needed to eventually build a website or mobile app. While you won’t leave the workshop a developer, you will leave with an understanding of code needed to learn any programming language and the resources needed to start coding!  Presented by Anna Farr, Program Manager, and J-C Jones Kern, both of Grand Circus.
Come with a laptop and ready to learn!


11:30 – 11:45 AM

Networking Break
Michigan League Concourse

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Workshops I, II, III, IV Repeat

12:45-2:00 PM

Lunch and Learn
Hussey Room

This free lunch is for students only and provides an opportunity to have small round table discussions with local entrepreneurs and representatives from various entrepreneurial organizations in Ann Arbor. Round table leads include Rishi Narayan, Co-founder, Underground Printing; Shelly Sahi, Founder & CEO, Sahi Cosmetics; Fares Ksebati, Co-founder & CEO, MySwimPro; Dan Young, Founder & CEO, Circadian Risk; Bill Mayer, Vice President, Entrepreneurial Services, Ann Arbor SPARK, Catherine Johnson, COO, The Empowerment Plan, Joseph Morrison, Senior Associate, Bodman; Michael Melfi, Member, Bodman; Ryan Gourley, Director,TechArb Student Venture Accelerator; and Sarika Gupta, Managing Director, Zell Lurie Institute. Box lunches will be available on a first come, first serve basis.