Bizdom U is putting the finishing touches on its latest batch of
entrepreneurs and is starting to take applications for the next class.
non-profit graduated 13 entrepreneurs from its fall session last month.
Those graduates are expected to team up to start several small
businesses this spring. Those businesses will be rooted in the new
economy. Recent examples include PostEgram
, a business based around Facebook for senior citizens, and Jimmy Kicks
, a custom shoe company for sneakerheads.
"We have several businesses that will come out of this session," says Maria LaLonde, recruiting specialist for Bizdom U
. "There will be 3-4 businesses, and possibly more."Quicken Loans
founder Dan Gilbert started Bizdom U in 2007 as a way to retool the
Motor City's entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Detroit-based
entrepreneurship accelerator is focused on growing Detroit's base of new
economy-based businesses through free training, mentors and the chance
to finance a new business through the $100,000 Bizdom U Fund.
company currently has eight active businesses in its portfolio and just
opened a new office in Cleveland. Gilbert owns the Cleveland Cavaliers
and Quicken Loans has a large presence in the city's downtown. Bizdom U
began taking applications for its next training session this fall in
both Detroit and Cleveland. LaLonde expects the two classes to
intermingle and even form companies that have roots in both cities.
are looking for somebody who has entrepreneurial instincts," LaLonde
says. "We want to surround them with the right resources to become
For information about joining Bizdom U's next class of entrepreneurs, click here
, send an email
or call 313-833-7800. Bizdom U will also hold informational meetings on joining the program this spring.
Source: Maria LaLonde, recruiting specialist for Bizdom U
Writer: Jon Zemke