Call for Applications: Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium

By Amanda Lewan on September 12th, 2016 / Comments

This year’s Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium is looking for innovators to share ideas for for-profit business solutions in urban settings.

The event, led by entrepreneur and professor David Tarver, will bring together entrepreneur and innovators to gather in flint October 19th-21st. Finalists will be chosen for two tracks, urban jobs and urban infrastructure, and will have the chance to present on stage and win $2,500 cash for their idea. Below are more details on the two tracks.

Urban Jobs Challenge.

Entries may demonstrate innovation in one or more key areas that impact jobs and the local economy of Flint, Michigan. Some examples:

  • Innovative forms of organization, such as “gig economy” jobs
  • Work process innovations, such as job-sharing
  • Novel incorporation of technology, e.g. advanced manufacturing, remote workers
  • Addressing underserved or emerging customer/market needs, such as elder care

Urban Infrastructure Challenge.

Entries must address one of the following infrastructure elements:

  • Transportation: ex. connected cars, public transportation, autonomous vehicles
  • Physical Infrastructure: water mains, roadways, electrical grid
  • Telecommunication: embedded sensors, internet-of-things (IoT), high-speed internet
  • Civic Engagement: enhance the connections between residents and civic institutions

Participants must be high school graduates, 18 years of age or older. The competition is for individuals or new teams, not established companies. The winning entry will receive a $2,500 cash award and an advisory session on strategy, funding, marketing and more with Flint-based SkyPoint Ventures and, separately, the U-M Center of Entrepreneurship. Deadline for submission is Oct. 4. All details and registration information are available here.


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