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This is the Dow Entrepreneurship Institute

  • Stimulates the creation of new business ventures, serves as a resource for business innovation research activities and promotes experiential opportunities for entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • The Dow Entrepreneurship Institute at SVSU is funded by the Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation and by PNC Bank.


Consistent with Saginaw Valley State University’s policies in response to COVID-19, the remaining winter semester Dow Entrepreneurship Institute (DEI) group gathering events have been canceled through April. The organizers regret this unfortunate but wise and necessary course of action.

  Thank you very much for your interest and willingness to participate in The Dow Entrepreneurship Institute's programs, and we appreciate your understanding as we all manage through this difficult period of COVID-19.



Recent Events:

Seminar: Elements to Start Your Successful Business

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
4:45-5:45 p.m.
100 Curtiss Hall

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Have you ever had a business idea and wondered how to turn it into reality? Would you like to be confident that you can present your ideas effectively (business or otherwise)? Come learn how to build and present a compelling story that supports your ideas! David Bell, the Director of the Dow Entrepreneurship Institute, will provide tips on making your pitch strong and persuasive. Whether you are a business person or not, this session can help you convincingly deliver your message!



Student Elevator Pitch Competition

Thursday, November 21, 2019
6-8:30 p.m.
Curtiss Hall Banquet Room A

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We are bringing together entrepreneurs and small business supporters from across the region to make their 120 second pitch for a chance at winning up to $1,500 in funding plus additional prizes. 

Have a great idea of your own? The competition is open to student owned businesses that have been in existence for one year or less as new start-up ventures. Just have a well-thought out business idea? You are welcome to apply!

Which new ideas will make the best pitch? Come cheer for your favorite startup ideas, check out the best pitches and network with the region's vibrant community of starters, supporters, makers and doers.




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Life Lessons from Successful
Women Entrepreneurs

This is a photo of Rebecca Cox of the Savant Group
Rebecca Cox
Savant Group
This is a photo of Mary Draves of Dow Chemical
Mary Draves
Dow Chemical
This is a photo of Kathie Fuce-Hobohm of SPACE, Inc.
Kathie Fuce-Hobohm

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Wendy Trashen

Bolger & Battle, Whine

Please join us as we welcome four outstanding entrepreneurs from our region for this second annual panel event at SVSU. They will share the stories of the challenges that they met and conquered along the way to starting and growing a successful business. The program will include presentations, panel Q & A, and networking opportunities.

Monday, October 21, 2019
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Curtiss Hall Banquet Room A

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Contact Us
(989) 964-2539(989) 964-2539

Interim Director

Dr. Izabela Szymanska

Interim Dean

Mrs. Stacie Krupp

Acting Assistant Dean

Dr. Amy L. Hendrickson


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