Entrepreneurship Institute Workshops and Events

Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship events are free to all CMU students. Pre-registering is encouraged but not required.


Professor John Gustincic

Every Friday | September 9 to November 18 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Grawn 166

Get personalized help with your entrepreneurial journey.  Entrepreneurship faculty member, Professor Gustincic has open office hours every Friday in the IDEA Den (Grawn 166). 

Office hours

Professor G Mentoring

Entrepreneur-in-Residence: Casey Croad

Every Tuesday |12:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Grawn 166

Founder and owner of Ignite Donuts and past NVC winner, Casey Croad has open office hours every Tuesday in the IDEA Den (Grawn 166).

Ignite Donuts

Tech Coordinator: Michael Cesena 

Mon/Wed/Fri |1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Grawn 166

Michael will be available in the Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship’s IDEA Den space to assist students with the 3D printers and other technology tools. The IDEA Den's two 3D printers and cricut are available for student use. Stop by Grawn 166 to build and create!

Tech Coordinator - IBIE


Michigan Collegiate Start-Up Challenge Competition @MSU

Friday, November 11 | 2:00pm-9:00pm | Michigan State University

Michigan Collegiate Startup Challenge (MCSC) is the university-level student business model competition for students in the state of Michigan. MCSC fosters entrepreneurship by encouraging university-level students across the state of Michigan to commercialize their ideas and provide them a forum in which they can develop skills by pitching their ideas and building entrepreneurial ventures. Finalists will attend the in-person event on November 11 at Michigan State University!

MCSC team entry forms are now OPEN

August 1, 2022 - October 14, 2022

Complete entry form

Make-A-Pitch Competition

Tuesday, December 6 | 5:30 pm- 8:15 pm | Grawn Hall Atrium

Do you have a venture idea? A side hustle to help you earn extra money? Or are you looking to turn your technical and creative talents into a business?  The Make-A-Pitch Competition provides you the opportunity to present an idea in 2-minutes to a small panel of judges for feedback, prizes, and bragging rights. Students can work individually, or in teams and while you can have a prop, there are no slides for this brief pitch. CMU students from ALL MAJORS are welcome to participate.

Complete entry form

Bootcamps and events

Bootcamp 1

Day 1 – Networking

Thursday, October 13 | 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Grawn 166

Networking, idea sharing, and learning. This is a social and networking setting that includes refreshments, and dinner. Build connections with mentors, students, and work together!

Day 2 – Meet the Mentors

Friday, October 14 | Mentor Training 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Idea Validation 12:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Grawn 150G

Students are invited to join mentors from 12:00 AM to 2:00 PM for a short NVC bootcamp session to get to know the NVC mentors and receive feedback about your ideas! 


New Venture Challenge Resource Fair

Friday, October 21 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Grawn 150G & Grawn 166

CMU students, come to the New Venture Challenge Resource Fair to learn about the resources to help you with your New Venture Challenge journey!


Fireside Speaker: Women's Forum 

Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with IBIE!

Friday, November 14 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Grawn 178 | Plachta Conference Room 

Listen and learn from successful and experienced entrepreneurs as they share personal insight into what it takes to run a business. 

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Bootcamp 2

Day 1 – Networking

Thursday, November 17 | 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM | TBA

Networking, idea sharing, and learning. This is a social and networking setting that includes refreshments, and dinner. Build connections with mentors, students, and work together!

Day 2 – Pitch Preparation

Friday, November 18 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Grawn 100

  • Mentor Training: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • Coffee with mentors: 10:30 am -11:00 am
  • Workshop segments: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Students are welcome to arrive at 10:30 AM to enjoy coffee and donuts with the mentors. The workshop modules start at 11:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM.

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Make-A-Pitch Prep

Friday, December 2 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Grawn 150G

Need to polish your pitch? Attend our last Make-A-Pitch prep session before the big competition!

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