Have you ever thought  about starting your own high-growth venture? Or do you know someone who's always dreamed about it? ACTiVATE® can help make this a reality.



Entrepreneurial desire required. Business idea optional. 


ACTiVATE® is a proven methodology that guides women through idea generation and commercial viability to launch growth-oriented businesses. The program is focused on women who have an idea or technology they want to commercialize, already have an early start-up, or those with solid career experience and transferrable skills who want to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit.

ACTiVATE® is taught by experienced entrepreneurs who provide you with tools and access to a growing national network of successful entrepreneurial women. The ACTiVATE® program provides experts, mentors, potential funders and sponsors to help you create a viable, growing company. Tested methods and techniques create a safe yet aggressive environment that pushes women past their comfort zones to turn ideas into action.

Program structure

  • A 10-month applied learning course covering 40 topics with coaching and advising from local instructors. Classes are a combination of in-person or online one night per week. Participants also convene one Saturday a month.
  • Idea generation and level-setting starts well before the ‘mechanics’ to first address the ‘mindset’ of successful entrepreneurs
  • Phase 1 – “What should I do?” allows you to identify and validate an idea
  • Phase 2 – “How should I do it?” helps you develop a business model and financing plan

Course fee: $3,400 including a $100 Application Fee

Scholarship opportunities are available.

ACTiVATE 2013 will begin in September 2013 in Detroit and Grand Rapids. Applications are now being accepted. Click here to download an application.

Click here to listen to a radio segment of Business Beat aired on the Michigan Business Network where Rachele Downs discusses ACTiVATE® 2013 with Chis Holman.

For more information, contact Kristen Linegar, director of strategic initiatives,



Inforum Center for Leadership's inGAGE™ strategy is funded in part by the 

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
 & New Economy Initiative



Upcoming Events

4/29/14 | Tuesday | Southwest Michigan
4/29/14 | Tuesday | West Michigan
4/30/14 | Wednesday | Great Lakes Bay (WIL)