Entrepreneurs Flock to Lansing for "Startup Weekend"

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

MSU Grad Student Jess Daniel runs an underground noodle business from her Detroit home.

"I know in 10 years, I'd like to employ 100 people. I'd like to see a whole fleet of food trucks," she said.

But making that a reality isn't easy.

"I also have three other jobs, and so to focus on the business, business planning is really hard," he said.

That's what brought her and about 40 others to the first-ever Lansing Startup Weekend.

"Having people to actually bounce ideas off of like, sit and think about it in a concentrated, focused way over 2 straight days...it's invaluable," said Daniel.

MSU senior Eric Jorgenson attended Detroit Startup Weekend earlier this year. He learned so much he had to bring it here.

"There's an element of the time crunch, and you're working with so many pople that are so passionate," said Jorgenson.

Fitting at a time when people--faced with startling unemployment figures--are looking for alternatives.

"Not just go through college, get a job, but looking at things like entrepreneurship, starting your own companies or joining other people's startups.

"I'm definitely going to work on a startup, not looking to get a job when I graduate," said Nathan Bashaw.

"I have faith this is gonna take off and it'll be a full time gig," said Bryce Colquitt.

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