Entrepreneurship Development Center

Training

Entrepreneurship Development Center

What We Bring

Expertise

Dynamic programs and curricula for entrepreneurs

Networks

Engagement with passionate educators

Inspiration

Programs that empower entrepreneurs to succeed

Overview

Entrepreneurs live in all corners of the world. But the expertise, networks and inspiration needed to launch and grow their businesses are far from universal.

We are educators dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship through dynamic, results-based programs in low- and middle-income countries. With an agile, adaptive working style, we collaborate with partners to design innovative programs and curricula customized for both aspiring and established entrepreneurs. We also train local trainers on technical content and pedagogy so they can deliver the programs effectively. We work with an extensive network of faculty and educators at the University of Michigan and beyond to design and deliver training that helps entrepreneurs navigate real-world challenges. Whether in-person, virtually, or in a hybrid format, we also provide trainers and institutions support throughout the life of a program. Entrepreneurs completing our interactive, practical programs get the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to succeed.

Our Model

6M Entrepreneurship Development Model

We design our programs around six key focus areas vital to every aspiring or established entrepreneur: Mindset, Markets, Money, Management, Mentorship and Measurement. As captured in WDI’s 6M Entrepreneurship Development Model, this comprehensive approach equips participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to start or scale their businesses.

Mindset

Mindset

Entrepreneurs with a mindset of openness, creativity, empathy and resilience are more likely to overcome the inevitable hurdles and persevere.

Markets

Markets

To gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace, entrepreneurs require strong skills in strategy, innovation and marketing to deliver goods and services to customers.

Money

Money

New businesses need money to launch, as well as a strong grounding in accounting and, finance to flourish.

Management

Management

The right combination of strong leadership skills, positive team dynamics and creative motivational tools improve employee retention and the bottom line.

Mentorship

Mentorship

Entrepreneurs with dedicated mentors have more success. Structured mentorship and coaching programs can guide entrepreneurs through common challenges.

Measurement

Measurement

With simple and strategic tools, entrepreneurs can measure their performance and develop systems for improvement, helping teams adapt to challenges in real time.

Featured Work

Equipping Women Entrepreneurs in Rwanda

Video: Empowering Refugees with Entrepreneurship Skills

Pitch Competition Caps Successful MENA Entrepreneurship Program

Aiding Budding Entrepreneurs in Macedonia

Video: Bringing Entrepreneurship Concepts to Life with Case Studies

An Entrepreneurship Major at a Papua New Guinea university

Engage with us

Kristin Babbie Kelterborn

Kristin Babbie Kelterborn

Senior Project Manager, Grants Management & Entrepreneurship Development Center
734-615-7038
wdi-entrepreneurship@umich.edu

Contact

Kristin Babbie Kelterborn is a Senior Project Manager with Entrepreneurship Development Center, where she applies her expertise in entrepreneurship education to design and implement projects supporting entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income countries. Before joining WDI, Kelterborn was a research analyst at an innovation accelerator where she conducted market research and provided business development support for social enterprises.

Our Capabilities

At the EDC, our programs are innovative and results-driven. We custom design programs to respond to the needs of each unique entrepreneurship ecosystem, offering entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income countries skills and tools to launch and scale their businesses. Learn more about our offerings and partnership opportunities by downloading our Capabilities Statement

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