The "Spine Sweat" Experience
Selected Past Student Profiles
Michael is a founder of Detroit Riverside Capital - a real estate investment firm founded to progress the availability of walk-able downtown housing options.
Liza launched her business "Revive in 5" during Spine Sweat. She currently works with Pallazzo Investment Bankers in New York.
Josh launched his company Munch in Spine Sweat and was invited to pitch at the prestigious Collision conference dubbed "The Olympics of Tech"
David launched Momentli to help people learn from their experiences. Momentli currently is testing with users and is continuing to move toward product-market fit.
Christina worked on a social venture during Spine Sweat. She is currently working with DealCloud, an Intapp Company based in the San Francisco Bay area.
George's App Football Loop received over 100,000 downloads in 12 countries during the semester. He also won an International Business Competition during Spine Sweat.
Tijmen van der Maas
The “Spine Sweat” course is the trademark undergraduate student experience in the Kelley entrepreneurship program. The class functions as a semester long accelerator to prepare the students to launch their businesses and pitch for capital as the culmination experience. The course was nicknamed the “spine sweat experience” over a decade ago because it has a unique final challenge with a risk vs. reward aspect (students have the experience literally made their spine sweat). However, students also remark how realistic the process of preparing to pitch and what a valuable experience it is to meet and pitch the distinguished panel (our panel members include some of the most successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in Kelley history who fly to campus just for the pitch). Several students have launched businesses and raised capital as part of this course. Pre-requisites and progress toward the entrepreneurship major are required.
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