WMU Starting Gate

University Partner

WMU Starting Gate

Starting Gate is a student business accelerator that gives WMU students rich and valuable resources to develop their startup companies. Since its inception in 2013, the program has helped over 55 student companies prepare and launch their startup. The free program is open to all WMU students and runs across both fall and winter semesters, culminating in a Demo Day open to investors in the spring.



  • Lara Hobson
    Director of Operations, Starting Gate, and Instructor, Department of Management, WMU Starting Gate

Company Stages Served

  • Idea/Pre-Seed
  • Seed

Industry Sectors Served

  • Alternative Energy
  • Business Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Media
  • Mobility
  • Other

Types of Programs Offered

  • Business Acceleration
  • Talent Development

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