Entrepreneurship is intrinsically an interdisciplinary activity. The University of Michigan’s excellence over a breadth provides powerful support to students in both educational and academic objectives.

Educational Partners

  1. Barger Leadership InstituteFounded by University of Michigan alumni, the Institute supports innovative undergraduate education in the liberal arts and the goal of early, rigorous, and general leadership education.
  2. Center for Entrepreneurship The CFE in the College of Engineering provides active learning experiences to all students and faculty at The University through classes and programs that are designed to teach the skills needed to successfully translate high-potential projects and ideas into the world.
  3. Center for Social ImpactThe Center for Social Impact provides students support and opportunities to design a pathway to become social impact leaders. Students in the Center’s programs collaborate with mission-driven organizations across sectors to develop innovative solutions to pressing social challenges.
  4. College of Literature, Science, and the Arts optiMize ProgramDriven by students, the optiMize program is a unique partnership between the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the optiMize student organization that helps to turn ideas into impact through a six month program and seed fund $100,000 to student teams every summer.
  5. Desai Accelerator The Desai Family Accelerator is a collaborative effort between the Zell Lurie Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Ross School of Business and the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering. The Accelerator is a program open to the national startup community, looking to help passionate entrepreneurs take their early-stage ventures to external-funding readiness by leveraging The University of Michigan’s expansive network of people and resources. Admission to the program includes space, financial investment, close mentorship, business development support and a tight-knit community.
  6. Innovate Blue Innovation SpaceThe Innovate Blue space on the first floor of the Shapiro Undergraduate library has entrepreneurial class advising, a reservable conference room, and open collaborative work and design space open 24 hours a day.
  7. School of Information Entrepreneurship ProgramThis program aims to inspire and support every UMSI student to do at least one passion-led, self-directed innovation project while in school. The curricular and extracurricular activities include annual Innovation Treks to major metropolitan areas, a Design Clinic in which student teams serve area entrepreneurial clients, and coursework in mobile application innovation. Students network, receive mentorship, and build entrepreneurial skills.
  8. School of Music, Theatre and Dance Works to empower students to be entrepreneurial and engage in rewarding careers related to their field of study through the EXCEL Program (Excellence in Career Empowerment, Entrepreneurship & Leadership), which conflates the areas of career development and entrepreneurialism.
  9. Medical School Fast Forward Medical InnovationFast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI), is part of the U-M Medical School’s Strategic Research Initiative, and nurtures commercialization and entrepreneurship at the Medical School and beyond. It creates a virtual cycle to engage faculty and students, making commercialization and entrepreneurship a natural academic behavior.
  10. Public Health Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship ProgramThis 6-month program focuses on the creation, nurturing and sharing of ideas, approaches, concepts and prototypes which will help create dramatic improvements to the public’s health. Students gain experience developing innovative ideas for solutions to meet current public health problems.
  11. TechArbBased near central campus in downtown Ann Arbor, the TechArb student startup accelerator empowers students to bring their ideas to life and build viable ventures in an intensive hands-on entrepreneurial education experience. It’s sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Zell Lurie Institute and Innovate Blue.
  12. ZEALOffers Michigan Law students, the University, and the entrepreneurial and business community a variety of programs that build on the resources of one of the world’s top-tier law schools.
  13. Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial StudiesThe globally recognized Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies provides the curriculum, program initiatives, community involvement, and alumni outreach activities that deliver exclusive resources for future entrepreneurs at the University of Michigan.

Commercialization Partners

  1. Business Engagement Center
    The Business Engagement Center is the pathway connecting dynamic organizations with the remarkable talent and resources at the University of Michigan for mutually beneficial partnerships, exceptional experiences and opportunities to flourish. BEC links the world’s brightest minds with the world’s greatest companies, sparking innovation and change through collaboration on research projects, campus recruiting and philanthropic endeavors.
  2. Center for Entrepreneurship I-Corps Program The Center for Entrepreneurship is one of two original university nodes of the National Science Foundation-funded Innovation Corps Program. This program is designed to support faculty in translating research to the world by immersing them in an out-of-the-lab customer discovery course. The CFE runs regional, national and industry-based I-Corps programs throughout the year and mentors U-M faculty and researchers through the process.
  3. Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance
    The center oversees the finance and investment component of entrepreneurial studies at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan whose initiatives include connecting the School’s entrepreneurial network to the financial community.
  4. Fast Forward Medical Innovation
    FFMI focuses on accelerating biomedical innovation and commercialization in diagnostics, therapeutics, devices, and healthcare IT.With the ultimate goal of impacting patient health, FFMI’s CME approved seminars, online education, and Early Tech Development Course assist with translating ideas into something of impact.
  5. Office of Technology Transfer
    Tech Transfer works to effectively transfer University of Michigan technologies to the market so as to generate benefits for the University, the community, and the general public.

Community Partners

  1. Ann Arbor SPARK
    SPARK is dedicated to the economic prosperity of the greater Ann Arbor region, by attracting, developing, strengthening, and investing in driving industries to help our region thrive.
  2. Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
    The state of Michigan’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, talent and jobs, tourism, film, and digital media incentives, arts and cultural grants, and overall economic growth.
  3. Invest DetroitInvest Detroit is a leading source of private sector gap financing that utilizes a variety of funding tools through managed for-profit and non-profit targeted funds to support economic development opportunities in underserved communities primarily in the City of Detroit.