“By leveraging our academic excellence and formative opportunities for practice, U-M’s approach to entrepreneurship allows students to develop self-agency and the ability to innovate and take risks.”
U-M President Mark Schlissel
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Our strength across many academic disciplines and the experiential breadth we offer to students are both essential components of a University of Michigan education. U-M’s student entrepreneurs can thrive in the ecosystem we have created through our Innovate Blue initiative.
By leveraging our academic excellence and formative opportunities for practice, U-M’s approach to entrepreneurship allows students to develop self-agency and the ability to innovate and take risks. Entrepreneurship education also teaches students to seize the initiative, build relationships, find resources, and learn from mistakes as they strive to bring ideas to fruition.
U-M students in all disciplines can benefit from entrepreneurship education, whether they go on to form businesses or apply their skills to careers in other areas including science, the arts, law, or public service.
We are well-positioned to build upon our growing track record of excellence in entrepreneurship education. With more than 15 centers and programs in entrepreneurship across the university and more than 30 student entrepreneurship organizations, U-M delivers one of the best and broadest engaged learning experiences in entrepreneurship available anywhere.
Students are receiving expert advice from faculty through initiatives such as the College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship, the Ross School of Business’ Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, the law clinic at the Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Program, and more.
In the last two years, we have created a new minor in entrepreneurship open to all undergraduate students and added entrepreneurship experiences and competitions. These programs have fueled the ambition and entrepreneurial spirit of students across campus – with many forming ventures showcased in this report.
The student ventures demonstrate U-M’s highest values. From a nonprofit organization providing young girls in Detroit with access to musical training, to a medical device company, our students’ creativity is addressing problems and helping individuals and communities.
I appreciate your interest and engagement with our entrepreneurship students and Innovate Blue as we work to support future generations of University of Michigan innovators.
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Skillet gives busy people a way to access convenient, high-quality, healthy food without the burdens of meal planning and shopping.
Broke contextualizes your spending to help you go beyond tracking and understand "why" your money is spent the way it is.
Kulisha produces low-cost, high-quality, sustainable fish feed made from insects, revolutionizing the aquaculture industry in East Africa.
Leesta aims to show young girls that they are capable of doing amazing things, by showing them other women in history to inspire them.
For more information on these ventures or to obtain a print copy of our Innovation and Entrepreneurship Highlights book, contact Innovate Blue.
U-M’s Entrepreneurship Programs Among Best in Nation
The University of Michigan was recently ranked as the nation’s 7th top institution for undergraduate entrepreneurship education and as the No. 4 program for graduate entrepreneurship education.
Pioneering Student Investment
Recognized as a leader in entrepreneurial education, the University of Michigan is the only academic institution in the country to run four student venture funds simultaneously
- Engaging Innovators: 9 hands-on courses prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs
- Student Organizations Help Fuel the University’s Entrepreneurial Engine
- Entrepreneurs Are All in for Michigan
- Interdisciplinary Graduate Innovation Curriculum Enhances U-M Student Learning Experience
- Design Clinic Open for (startup) Business
- University of Michigan Law Clinic Helps Student Innovators
- The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship
- University of Michigan Competitions Promise Cash for Startups
Made at Michigan is produced by the network of programs, centers and institutes dedicated to supporting the university’s student innovators and entrepreneurs. Innovate Blue represents the University of Michigan’s unified commitment to support entrepreneurship from all angles.