Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs

By Jane Whitttington on July 26th, 2017 / Comments

There’s a rich and rewarding event coming up for Lansing entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs. On August 23 and 24, LEAP (Lansing Economic Area Partnership) and Spartan Innovations will host its fifth annual Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. This event will bring together fledgling entrepreneurs and professionals with expertise in the areas that matter most when starting a new business.

Other sponsors include Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Broad College of Business at MSU; Simplified Tax and Accounting Services; Varnum Attorneys at Law; M3 Group; Renaissance Venture Capital Fund; Hubbub; MSU Innovation Center; and Michigan Economic Development Corporation

According to Lori Fischer, Events and Student Program Manager at Spartan Innovations, “All of our speakers are generously donating their time, so we are able to keep the price at only $79, and that includes not only our highly guest speakers but also interactive workshops, breakfast and lunch both days, books, and the opportunity to win prizes.”

She continues, “The event will run from 8 am to 5 pm on both August 23 and 24. It’s open to anyone, whether they are starting out and just have a great idea for a business or if they have already started their business and are looking for support and expert advice.”

According to the website for the event, the Boot Camp includes: “product development/acquisition, market assessment, business model development, resources to access venture funding, and preparation for launch.”

Speakers include Ken Szymusiak from the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Zach Krieger of the M3 Group; Paul Jaques from Spartan Innovations; Chris Rizik representing Renaissance Venture Capital Fund; and others. Topics to be covered will include ideas and customer discovery, marketing, finance and funding, legal issues, and others. Fischer says it will be “a crash course in being an entrepreneur.”

According to Fischer, usually about half of the group will come in with a business, product or service idea they want to explore, while the other half will have already begun the process of building a business.

She says, “The first year of the event, it lasted four days, but, over time, we have refined and condensed the ideas and format, and we’re able to provide, in a shorter timeframe, valuable information from professionals as well as the opportunity for our ‘students’ to workshop with others who are also pursuing entrepreneurial goals.”

She continues, “Each speaker allows time at the end of their presentation for Q and A, so the participants can ask specific questions about their own challenges.”

This is an opportunity to network with seasoned professionals and entrepreneurial experts while enjoying the company of other event participants with similar goals and ambitions. Wherever you are along the path, it’s time to take the next step.

For more information and to register for the event, go to

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Jane Whitttington

Jane Whitttington

Jane Whitttington is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Grand Rapids. A Michigan native and Michigan State University grad, she enjoys reading, travel, politics and volunteering.