Workshops bring in entrepreneurs and thought leaders to lead action-based sessions where you learn new skills and apply them to your project. Topics include value propositioning, positive visioning, prototyping and pilot testing, storytelling, and pitching.
Innovate Nights are casual events to eat and hang out together as a community, test prototypes, and bounce ideas with peers and mentors in a collaborative working space.
Mentor Check Ins bring together Challenge teams and local mentors in a supportive small group setting. Instead of only pitching what's going great, we delve into the challenges we're facing. Everyone at the table commits to share openly and give honest, caring feedback to help each other find a positive way forward.
In February, you'll tell your story: where you started, how far you've come, your vision for sustainable impact, and your key next steps.
If selected for funding, your team will receive up to a $5,000 grant, plus living stipends for each team member to work full-time on your project in the optiMize Summer Fellowship.
Funded teams present at a Year-End Showcase to an audience of hundreds of people from the Michigan community.
Miss the October deadline? We still want to help you! Submit your idea and we'll be in touch.
optiDinners bring together fellows, mentors, and anyone else from the optiMize community to share ideas and experiences, keep each other motivated, and work through challenges we're facing.
Skill-building Workshops give you the opportunity to learn new skills and put them into action for your project
Community Days are weekly volunteering days where optiMize Fellows spend an afternoon together working to support a variety of nonprofits and initiatives in our local community.
National Conferences can be a great way to broaden your perspective and your network. We attend one all together!