Directory of Entrepreneurial Offerings

The University of Michigan entrepreneurial ecosystem is one of the most robust in the nation, and it continues to grow. No matter what your background or area of study, Michigan has an opportunity to help discover and enable the entrepreneur in you.

This university-wide resource directory is your on-ramp to an entrepreneurial pathway — a complete directory of the programs, tools, and resources available at Michigan for each stage of the journey. You can also check out a complete calendar of events.

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  • Win $50,000 for your Startup! Join us to see 6 local companies pitch for cash & prizes at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business on February 1st!

    Registration to attend is free – RSVPs requested to help us plan for food & beer: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-hardware-cup-ann-arbor-tickets-19757528299

    Apply now!

    Competitions
  • Five presenters this month take the stage for ten minutes each, five minutes to demo and five minutes to answer questions, followed by open announcements and community networking.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Networking, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is an international business competition designed to bring together later stage entrepreneurial companies with local, national and international investors. It aims to showcase the best and brightest new business concepts to investment capital to help foster their growth within Michigan. Targeting entrepreneurs with mid-to-late seed-entrepreneurial businesses — the competition has an immediate and positive impact on Michigan’s economy. University of Michigan students and alumni have a track record of success at the competition.

    Alumni, Competitions, Faculty, Funding, Graduate, Undergraduate, Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • More than just a normal internship, AIESEC offers the youth the chance to explore their potential through a global platform composed of over 100 countries all over the world! Intern Abroad with AIESEC today!

    Internships + Fellowships
  • Ann Arbor SPARK will host its next Entrepreneur Boot Camp in the spring of 2016. Ann Arbor SPARK’s entrepreneurial services, including Boot Camp, are funded by the by the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone (LDFA). The LDFA provides the capital needed to facilitate the development of private, high-tech enterprises and commercialization of research products being developed at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University and within the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone.

     

    This is an external event not hosted by U-M.

    Alumni, Faculty, Funding, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea)
  • All of the great events put on by Ann Arbor SPARK.

    Workshops + Conferences
  • Brilliant people come to Ann Arbor SPARK from around the world looking for exciting career opportunities.  To facilitate these connections, we have created a job posting system that targets high-value, knowledge-based, Michigan-based positions. Ann Arbor area jobs range from entry-level to executive employment in the areas of engineering, information technology (IT), healthcare, life science, early start-ups, sales, marketing, and more.

    Internships + Fellowships
  • The Anti-Summit will consist of unscripted main stagers who will check their ideology at the door in unrehearsed dialogues , modular “Do Tanks”, makers, re-mixers and musicians, off-site underground excursions joining leaders at all levels. This transformational “unlike anything you’ve ever seen before experience” is grounded in movement making and focuses on the positive disruptions necessary to design yourself into the future and stay relevant. Set against the backdrop of Tribeca, with its internationally renowned Tribeca Film Festival, and downtown New York culture, the Anti-Summit will bring together renowned disruptors, designers, marketers, inventors, innovators, divergent thinkers and vibrant rule breaking do-ers across the ever blurring lines of industry, title and functionality.

    Tribeca Film Festival, NYC.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. June 8-12, San Francisco.

    Apple’s renowned developer community will come together at WWDC to learn about the future of iOS and OS X.

    WWDC features more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards.

    Developers can apply for tickets to attend WWDC and millions worldwide will be able to watch sessions streamed live.

    WWDC Scholarships are available to students and members of participating STEM organizations around the world.

    San Francisco, CA.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • Mentors and Advisors are critical to the success of any entrepreneur. The CFE is committed to connecting U-M entrepreneurial students to world-class mentors and advisors to support their entrepreneurial goals.

    Academic Programs, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Networking, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • BLI Student Project funding is intended to (1) stimulate learning about leadership through practice, (2) encourage and support student initiative, and (3) seed innovative projects that will contribute to the Institute, campus community, and/or society. BLI Student Project funding provides BLI-affiliated students with grants up to $1,500 and other forms of support to launch medium to long-term team projects that address issues about which they are passionate. Projects must involve BLI students or Organizational Studies students.

    Funding, Graduate, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Big Kansas City is produced by SPN.

    SPN is the digital media company dedicated to altering the landscape of entrepreneurship across the Midwest. Entrepreneurs thrive in a supportive community, and through coverage and connection, we strengthen those communities.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • The nation’s most spirited conference on innovation and entrepreneurship. Big Omaha brings together the nation’s most passionate members of the entrepreneurial community including founders, investors, designers, and emerging leaders to build community, start conversation, and provide inspiration.

    Omaha, NE.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • Blueprints For Pangaea is a student-run, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that reallocates surplus, unused medical supplies from the United States to hospitals in need around the world.

    Student Organizations
  • The Catalyst Resource Network administered by U-M Tech Transfer provides a worldwide network of advisors, volunteers, consultants, management candidates and students for the talent needs of our technologies and start-up ventures. Catalyst takes advantage of our U-M alumni network, over 450,000 strong. The MVC uses Catalyst, augmented with personal and partnered networks, to source the talent needs of our ventures

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Networking, Online Resources, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • CFE’s events calendar.

    Workshops + Conferences
  • Check out the events happening at the Center for Social Impact!

    Workshops + Conferences
  • Change Corps organizers spend the year working on three to five campaigns across the country, on issues from gun violence to women’s health.

    When your training is complete, you’re ready for a social change job with real responsibility, and we’ll help place you into leading organizations and campaigns.

    With Change Corps, you learn to plan and run campaigns, organize citizen meetings, build coalitions, hold press conferences, and more.

    Internships + Fellowships
  • Chicago Ideas Week is about sharing ideas, inspiring actions, and igniting change to positively impact our world. People who come to CIW are artists, engineers, technologists, inventors, scientists, musicians, economists, explorers and innately passionate. For one week each October, CIW brings together some of the world’s most outstanding speakers to present their ideas and inspire the innovations of tomorrow at 80+ sessions across the city.

    Chicago, IL.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • The largest annual celebration of innovation in the Midwest. Chicago’s business and civic leaders come together to honor the creative spirit of the Chicago region by recognizing the most innovative new products and services introduced in the market.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • The Chief Innovation Officer Summit San Francisco brings the insights of Global 500 innovation professionals to the west coast, for two days of sharing challenges, identifying opportunities & networking with fellow industry innovators.

    San Francisco, CA.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • China Entrepreneur Network (CEN) is a university alliance with twelve chapters in the US and China, backed by an extensive network of industry, academia and government professionals.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • This event celebrates student entrepreneurship and teaches what isn’t heard much from Silicon Valley, which is that it’s OK to stay in school and still run your business. Scores of entrepreneurs share their stories about how they founded and grew their businesses and what they learned in the process.

    Kansas City, MO.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • COS Pivot is a directory of researchers and research funding opportunities that combines two comprehensive, editorially maintained databases:  the COS Funding Opportunities database of over 400,000 funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion, and the COS Scholar Universe database of 3 million profiles of scholars worldwide.

    Alumni, Faculty, Funding, Graduate, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Community of Social Innovation workshops are highly interactive and a goal of our community is to provide feedback and help to develop the scholarly efforts of others, especially more junior scholars. Sessions include paper presentations, roundtables, and time to network and share teaching strategies.

    Faculty, Graduate, Workshops + Conferences, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • supports collaborative translational research projects that involve co-investigators from the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and a clinical department.

    Faculty, Funding, Graduate, Innovation Training, Late (launched and growing)
  • Founded by the lead intern at StartEngine, one of the top equity crowdfunding companies in the country, our goal is to educate all members on the amazing economic opportunities equity crowdfunding brings to creative individuals with the entrepreneurial spirit. Our plan is to educate individuals on how equity crowdfunding works and even practice raising funds for real ideas.

    CrowdFundBlue@gmail.com

    Student Organizations
  • Dare to Dream is a grant program that moves students through the business creation process by offering business development seminars and awarding $500-$5,000 in grants to individuals and/or student teams.The program requires students to submit deliverables as they are guided through the business development path from a nascent idea to formulating and assessing potential businesses to planning and launching these businesses.

    Funding, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Undergraduate, Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The Day of Innovation is the only Indiana innovation event that brings together leaders and practitioners from all sectors and backgrounds. The convergence of minds from business, non-profits, academia and start-ups creates for an unprecedented mix of energy and creativity.

    Indianapolis, IN.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • The Desai Accelerator is dedicated to helping Michigan startups gain ground. It provides the physical infrastructure, financial resources and mentorship to support early-stage ventures as they reach the critical phase between early-stage development and the point at which they seek external investors. The Desai Family Accelerator will be managed by the Ross School’s Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and the College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship. The inaugural summer session is runs June 8th, 2015 – September 4th, 2015.

    Alumni, Faculty, Funding, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Venture Accelerators, Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Design & Hack is a hackathon, which means a bunch of students get together in one space and build things for 48 hours straight. We’ll provide the food, the space, the judges, the mentors, and the prizes, all you have to do is show up with a laptop and a passion for making things. TL;DR: Free food, free stuff, make a thing.

    New York, NY.

    Competitions, Non-University, Undergraduate
  • The Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit provides insights from top industry experts, private equity and venture capital investors, corporations, healthcare IT innovators and government officials.

    Boston, MA.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • The Duderstadt Center is home to a ton of resources for student entrepreneurs. Along with being the home to the Center for Entrepreneurship, it houses Design Lab 1 and Design Lab 3 but it also is the location of the university’s new 3D printing space! Check out the above website to see all that the Duderstadt Center can offer to you when trying to launch your business.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Space, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • D[en] is a college student organization that strives to improve the
    future of the Detroit community through entrepreneurship and business education for high school students.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • A student organization that focuses on connecting schools in rural Africa to the Internet.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The Michigan Embedded Systems’ Hub is a shared resource available to all UM students, staff and faculty. They have the resources needed to do basic embedded systems work and also offer a variety of training sessions related to embedded systems (PCB design, soldering, and microcontroller basics)

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Space, Undergraduate
  • A student organization that aims to enable progress through entrepreneurial action. Our team creates and operates projects and ventures that solve social issues in our community and communities around the world.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Is entrepreneurship and innovation your career destiny? Do you want to work in-and-alongside leaders who are launching today’s startups (and tomorrow’s disruptors)? Is the entrepreneur’s toolkit more than just ideating, reading, and pitching? Do you want to build a strong network of entrepreneur peers and mentors?

    The Entrepreneurs Leadership Program (ELP) combines hands-on training from – and access to – experienced entrepreneurs with a paid summer internship at a growing startup. ELP students will experience entrepreneurship.

    Academic Programs
  • ELP is a program for students looking to get a truly immersive experience in entrepreneurship and innovation. You get exclusive workshops, training and access to our mentors and staff (mentorship), placed for summer internship at a startup, and the opportunity to work on your own self directed project (or venture). Students must be able to complete a one calendar year program (January to January).

    Internships + Fellowships, Mentors + Consulting, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The Entrepreneurship &  Law Association was launched for students who are interested in the intersection of law and entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, or entrepreneurial finance.

    Graduate, Networking, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Based at the Ross School of Business, the EVC brings together students from different disciplines to further their educational and professional goals as prospective entrepreneurs and investors in new ventures.

    Graduate, Networking, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • A seminar series is designed to expose students to entrepreneurship through interaction with experienced entrepreneurs, business leaders, and venture capitalists as well as individuals involved in emerging business models, new venture creation, and technology commercialization.

    Academic Programs, Graduate, Online Resources, Speakers, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The nation’s first co-ed professional entrepreneurship fraternity. Two huge components of the culture at the University of Michigan are greek life and entrepreneurship. ENT will combine these elements into one setting and give Michigan students an experience of lifelong friendships, professional development, and entrepreneurial spirit. This organization serves as the foundation for young leaders to develop entrepreneurial skills and launch businesses, with the support of a strong brotherhood.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The European Innovation Academy (EIA) is a non-profit educational institution recognized for excellence in tech entrepreneurship education. EIA educational programs are jointly developed with professionals of world class partner universities and companies: UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Google, Amadeus, IBM, CA and many others. Future entrepreneurs and business leaders are immersed in a multicultural ecosystem of 4000+ alumni and faculty from 75 different nationalities.

    Internships + Fellowships
  • This fall, The Fast Company Innovation Festival will bring these extraordinary personalities together for surprising talks, hands-on workshops, unexpected performances and behind-the-scenes tours designed to inspire creativity and innovation.

    For 20 reasons not to miss the Innovation Festival, click here.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • Approved by the UM Office of Continuous Professional Development to offer AMA PRA Category 1 CME credit, the series will address challenges faced by innovators when commercializing biomedical technologies.  All innovators are welcome to attend, regardless of the product pillar, identified commercial pathway, or stage of technology development

  • FATE is a non-profit organization supported by UofM student mentors in Merit, a student organization. Our mission is to provide sufficient resources and opportunities for underserved youth to embrace education and become world-class citizens. FATE aims to motivate each student to graduate high school and attend college through mentorship, workshops with community partners, and a college scholarship following completion of the program.

    Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Mobilizing Innovation: Fueling Forward the Innovation Engine. Join forces with other innovation executives passionate about creating paradigm shifting change. The Front End of Innovation events are all about creating meaningful opportunities for innovators to collaborate based on content.

    Boston, MA.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • Early Tech Development (ETD) is a 4-week course designed to equip biomedical faculty and researchers at U-M with the knowledge and tools to navigate the initial process of innovation and commercialization. The course provides a real world, hands-on, learning experience on reducing the commercialization risk of early stage therapeutics, diagnostics, healthcare IT, and device technologies.

    *Students from the U-M Medical School, College of Engineering, and Ross School of Business are available to participate as team members during the course.  As team members, they will be available to help with scheduling and conducting interviews, as well as assisting with presentation materials.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Innovation Training, Undergraduate, Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • An Idea Consultation is your chance to meet with an FFMI commercialization expert to explore how your research can translate out of the university, on to a successful path to commercialization, and eventually impact patients.

    Faculty, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Kickstart Awards, made possible by U-M MTRAC, enable Medical School research faculty to develop proof of concept for innovative technologies. This award is aimed to enhance the commercial potential of a technology to the point of translation and possible inclusion in MTRAC or other research funding programs.

    Faculty, Funding, Graduate, Late (launched and growing)
  • Leading the next industrial revolution. Thanks to a new generation of pragmatic, tested leaders in industry, finance, education and government, the nation’s industrial core is rebounding—and creating unprecedented business opportunities across America’s heartland. Forbes Reinventing America Summit is your best chance for meeting—and profiting from—the people leading the next great wave of American industrial innovation.

    Chicago, IL.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • Founder Finder allows users to post profiles that list their background, or their needs for their startup. It acts as a resource to connect talent with startup-ventures that are in the need of aid to launch.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Networking, Online Resources, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Brand strategy, design, marketing, creative, innovation, insights, trends and strategy. FUSE connects brand and design leaders to what matters – and each other. In the age of unprecedented collaboration, it is more important than ever for brand strategists and designers to work hand in hand to bring brands to life strategically, visually, emotionally and culturally. FUSE is the only event that unites all the players across industries, disciplines and the world.

    Chicago, IL.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • How do you build innovation ecosystems anywhere? Over 1,000 “new economy builders” from over 50 countries will come together to learn, build and apply the newest tools for accelerating innovation.

    Silicon Valley.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • Google Ann Arbor is committed to advancing education and proud to support organizations that enhance the community in which we do business. We will be pleased to review applications for monetary donations for non-profit organizations that focus on the following:
    • Supporting technology in education, with a particular focus on K-12 science and math education (STEM initiatives)
    • Improving technology infrastructure for nonprofits/government/small businesses
    • Online safety and privacy
    • Reducing carbon footprint/green initiatives
    • Making a direct impact on Michigan’s economy

    If the mission of your non-profit matches our areas of focus, we will evaluate your request and contact you within 45 days of submission. Please complete this form to provide us with the information we require to make a decision. Thank you for giving Google the opportunity to help you make a difference.

    Funding
  • The community grants program supports organizations and initiatives focused on specific areas that Google values.
    Subject Areas:

    • Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We place a particular focus on computer science education and STEM initiatives for underrepresented groups (including girls) in math and science professions.
    • Efforts to bridge the digital divide.
    • Carbon reduction or green initiatives with regional impact.
    • Nonprofit organizations dedicated to strengthening the technology startup or entrepreneurial ecosystem.
    • Technology infrastructure for nonprofits, cultural institutions and schools that will use technology to broaden impact and reach audiences in new ways.
    Funding
  • The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. It is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and presented in partnership with ACM.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • The Center for Social Impact maintains a list of social innovation and entrepreneurship graduate and undergraduate courses.

    Academic Programs, Graduate, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference creates a space for attendees to generate and be exposed to countless great ideas. Develop executable actions that you can implement when you return to your office by rejuvenating your creativity in a relaxed environment.

    Orlando, FL.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • Learn real-world skills from  world-class entrepreneurs, and apply to get hired at top companies.
    WE GIVE YOU ACCESS TO BOTH. NO TUITION REQUIRED.

    Internships + Fellowships
  • Hack@Brown is all about learning. Spend a weekend with us and 350 other students to take a step out of your comfort zone. Make Hack@Brown your event by experimenting with a new platform, API, or that idea that’s always been on the back of your mind. Whether you’re building your first website, dabbling in Photoshop, or hacking with an Oculus, Hack@Brown is for engineers and designers at all levels. We’ve got everything you need to carry out your craziest ideas—amazing mentors, yummy food, and did someone say swag? :)

    Providence, RI.

    Competitions, Non-University, Undergraduate
  • Recruiting recent Michigan and national college graduates to participate in a one-year program, Hacker Fellows. As Hacker Fellows, you’ll get to work at an amazing Michigan tech start-up. You’ll start with 5 weeks of training with your cohorts and dive into the start-up world by getting matched with a Michigan start-up. In short, you’ll learn with the best and brightest in Michigan as you start your career.

    Alumni, Graduate, Innovation Training, Internships + Fellowships, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Explore new frontiers. Join us for a 36-hour hackathon at the University of Illinois. February 19 – 21st 2016.

    Urbana, IL.

    Competitions, Non-University, Undergraduate
  • HackMIT is MIT’s largest hackathon. Over a 24-hour period in early fall, 1,000 hackers from around the world gather on MIT’s campus to experiment and innovate on software and hardware projects. This is your weekend to dust off old ideas or try something completely new. Imagine the craziest projects possible, and work on the hack of your dreams!

    Cambridge, MA.

    Competitions, Non-University, Undergraduate
  • Every spring and fall, hundreds of students from scores of universities around the country flock to hackNY’s Student Hackathons, where they participate in collaborative and creative coding challenges in a 24-hour coding sprint. The events open with API demos from New York City startups selected by the student organizing committee, after which students work in teams to build projects. Students work around the clock, and the event culminates in a presentation before a panel of judges the next day. Our next Student Hackathon will take place in Spring 2016. hackNY is proud to be an event where hackers of all backgrounds and experiences are welcome. Our Technical Ambassadors program invites diverse mentors from the New York tech community to support our hackers as they develop their ideas and debug. Our awards recognize attributes like good design, technical skill, and learning.

    New York, NY.

    Competitions, Non-University, Undergraduate
  • Hacktech is a 36 hour event where students collaborate to create projects that bring technologies together in an innovative and interdisciplinary way.

    Cal Tech.

    Competitions, Non-University, Undergraduate
  • HackTX: a 24 hour event that encourages turning your ideas into reality.

    Austin, TX.

    Competitions, Non-University, Undergraduate
  • HustleCon began in 2013 and is managed by Sam Parr, who is 25 years old. The crowd includes techies, but is geared toward non-techie founders. It follows a TED-event format, but is less uptight and more fast and loose, like a startup. Attendees learn how to start and run a business with practical advice from successful entrepreneurs such as Tim Westergren of Pandora, Arum Kang from Coffee Meets Bagel and Matthew Brimer from General Assembly.

    Oakland, CA.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • IBM Global Entrepreneur is part of the IBM PartnerWorld program for Business Partners. Get started today by participating in the initiative and becoming an IBM PartnerWorld member to access the benefits. There is no charge to participate in IBM Global Entrepreneur or join IBM PartnerWorld.

    For questions on IBM Global Entrepreneur or IBM SmartCamp, contact ibmgep@us.ibm.com.

    Alumni, Faculty, Funding, Graduate, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • IdeaFestival is a celebration for the intellectually curious. It’s an eclectic network of global thinkers and one-of-a-kind innovators bound together by an intense curiosity about what is impacting and shaping the future of the arts, business, technology, design, science, philosophy and education. The content of IdeaFestival is as diverse as the network itself where “seemingly unrelated topics offer surprising relationships and insights.”

    Louisville, KY.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • Advising is offered by entrepreneurship experts from across the university at the Innovate Blue space in the Undergraduate Library. Advisors include experts from the Ross School of Business, College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts, School of Information, and more.

    Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • This space is intended to provide a collaborative environment for entrepreneurial student organizations, student entrepreneurs working on startups, and entrepreneurial class meetings and projects.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Space, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Located directly next to the Innovate Blue Innovation Space, on the first floor of the UgLi, the conference room offers students the ability to host meetings in the Undergraduate Library. To reserve this space, please fill out this form.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Networking, Space, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The Innovation in Action: Solutions to Public Health Challenges competition harnesses the talents of Michigan students to address public health problems. Within this framework, the program equips students with an innovator’s toolkit in a supportive environment where they combine these skills with their creativity and passion to impact the public’s health. This program is conducted in partnership with the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering.

    Competitions, Funding, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Networking, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • This School of Information trek gives student teams the opportunity to pitch to NY entrepreneurs and get feedback on how well they have listened to target customers to hone their value proposition.  Student will be awarded entrepreneurial digital badges with evidence they have produced during this adventure.

    Parameters: Five required preparation sessions working with entrepreneurial mentors. 25-30 U-M students, primarily from the School of Information, Health Informatics, and Informatics, as well as from other U-M schools and colleges.

    Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Networking, Startup Treks + Tours, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • There are two major forces shaping demands on researchers and this is your opportunity to learn how to embrace them or risk falling behind.

    New technologies are undoubtedly driving this change. They are enabling us to gather insights in new and exciting ways but also inundating us with myriad sources of data about users that needs to be synthesized. How do you sort through the current tech trends and uncover what will eventually change how you do business?

    Traditional Research is not enough. New ways of working including, lean product development, remote collaboration and accelerated cycles are requiring that look at research through a different lense.

    San Francisco, CA.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • Insitu empowers students and practitioners with the tools to design for the fullest context with the benefits of maximizing the probability of design adoption and sustainment.   Our Socially Engaged Design Academyconsulting serviceseducation programs, and engagement opportunities embody the broad set of design skills and evaluation methodologies that are needed to achieve a rich contextual integration within the design of socially important products and technologies.

    Faculty, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea)
  • INPEX is America’s largest invention trade show.

    Exhibit your invention and attempt to meet hundreds of companies interested in licensing, marketing or manufacturing new product.

    INPEX will be held June 7-9, 2016, just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • Invest 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.

    Alumni, Faculty, Funding, Graduate, Undergraduate, Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The Provost-funded and CFE-managed Jump Start Grants provide financial support to students to help them achieve their entrepreneurial ambitions and develop their entrepreneurial skills and ideas. This may include travel, prototyping, patenting, and more. Individuals up to $1,000, teams up to $2,000.

    Funding, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea)
  • LA Hacks is a student competition to build the most exciting technology products within a timeframe of 36 hours. Products will be judged by professionals in the tech industry.

    UCLA.

    Competitions, Non-University, Undergraduate
  • This program includes a series of 14 free educational videos which can be complemented with a more rigorous certification program. The Certified Professional Innovator program includes an additional 2-day training session in Ann Arbor and 6 remote coaching sessions to prepare you to be the innovation growth leader in your organization.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Innovation Training, Online Resources, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • A student group at the University of Michigan that was founded by a
    group of biomedical engineering students who identified global health as a discipline that would enable them to biomedical engineering design while also helping those in underserved populations.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • For one weekend, student organization MPowered Entrepreneurship brings together the brightest students in art & design, engineering, business, and liberal arts to turn their ideas into physical product prototypes. Teams will pitch their innovative prototypes and get the chance to bring their product idea to market. All food and materials are provided.

    Competitions, Graduate, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Makeathon, supported through MPowered, brings together the brightest students in art & design, engineering, business, and liberal arts to turn their ideas into physical product prototypes. Teams pitch their innovative prototypes and get the chance to bring their product idea to market.

    Student Organizations
  • The Marcel Gani Internship program helps start-up companies and venture capital firms hire Ross School of Business students for a 12-week hands-on work experience. This program gives students the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills by accelerating the advancement of the host company. The student-initiated and self-hosted internships offer the opportunity for students to find a host company at which they wish to intern or to work on moving forward their own start-up over the summer. *Must be a Ross School student.

    Marcel Gani internships are open to Ross School of Business students only.

    Graduate, Internships + Fellowships, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The medical innovation group is the hub for students interested in
    bringing design, engineering, tech, IT, and entrepreneurship into
    healthcare and medicine.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • An MPowered project, MHacks is for creators. It’s for those of you who see problems and want to tackle them, using existing skills, and augmenting them with the skills of those around you.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Come together for 36 hours with the brightest developers, designers, and creators in the world to make something amazing.

    As a hacker, you won’t be breaking into databases or security systems. You and your team will be applying your knowledge of app development, web development, hardware, and more to create innovative solutions to existing problems.

    No matter the skill level, we give every hacker the opportunity to grow and learn. This year, we want to go back to the core elements of a successful hackathon — creation, community, and mentorship — and provide an environment where this growth will happen naturally.

    Competitions, Networking, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The Michigan Business Challenge is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition where student teams have the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling over $75,000, gain feedback from judges and expand their business network.

    Competitions, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Administered by the U-M Medical School, the Office of Technology Transfer, and the Office of the Vice President for Research, MTRAC Life Sciences provides translational research funding and resources to identify, nurture and “fast forward” projects with a high potential of commercial success.

    Faculty, Funding, Graduate, Innovation Training, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • State funding program (through the MEDC) designed to diversify and grow Michigan’s high-tech economy by investing in basic research at our universities and non-profit research institutions, applied research, university technology transfer and the commercialization of products, processes and services. The four competitive-edge technology areas are:

    • Advanced automotive, manufacturing, and materials
    • Homeland security and Defense
    • Alternative Energy
    • Life sciences

    Also supported are advanced computing or electronic device technology, design, engineering, testing, diagnostics, or product research and development related to any of the four competitive-edge technologies.  Financing is available through a competitive proposal process.

    Alumni, Faculty, Funding, Graduate, Online Resources, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Five presenters this month take the stage for ten minutes each, five minutes to demo and five minutes to answer questions, followed by open announcements and community networking.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Networking, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • This 15-credit minor equips undergraduate students from any background or area of study with the necessary skills and experience to translate ideas into real impact in the arts, sciences, commercial, and social areas. All students wishing to declare either PIE or the Minor should schedule an appointment with an advisor.

    Please email innovatebluepeeradvisor@umich.edu with any questions related to PIE or the minor.

    Academic Programs, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The goal of MPowered is two-fold: one, to bring out the few courageous self-starters among us to begin their entrepreneurial journey, and two, to spread their bold passion to the rest of the U-M community. In short, we’re starting the fire.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The mission of Startup Career Fair is to connect talented Michigan students with new and innovative companies from around the nation. As one of the nation’s largest student-run career fairs, we expose students to the wide array of potential career opportunities that exist in various emerging industries, from app development to healthcare to social impact. We encourage students to contribute their voices and entrepreneurial skills to create powerful ideas and solutions.

    Internships + Fellowships
  • MTank is a pitch competition resembling the famous TV show Shark Tank, where startups hustle to get funding and guidance from a panel of Venture Capitalists. The startups at MTank are those of Michigan students and alumni, and the show highlights the entrepreneurial talent hidden in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    Student Organizations
  • Our goal is to create a capstone event for the University of Michigan community that features a major concert on campus along with a festival on the Diag featuring 100+ student organizations.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The I-Corps program is designed to foster the innovation mindset in the research community and to accelerate the transfer of cutting edge research into commercial success.

    The world-class, first-of-kind curriculum is an intense and immersive 7-week program that addresses the #1 reason that startups fail: lack of customers. Through extensive customer engagement, teams are able to validate the sustainability of their business.

    The University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship was selected as one of the first three universities to offer the program along with Stanford University and Georgia Institute of Technology, as a grant from the National Science Foundation. We execute numerous successful I-Corps programs throughout the year, both here at the University of Michigan and at universities and organizations across our state and the Midwest region.

    Faculty, Funding, Graduate, Innovation Training, Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Our Vision:

    Be the recognized resource in Michigan for preparing entrepreneurs to effectively communicate with potential investors, and for coaching entrepreneurs through preparation and practice of investor pitches

    Provide services to all regional, technology-focused startup companies ready to seek an equity investment

    Function as a collaborative, cooperative, and diverse body within the entrepreneurial community where constructive and respectful communication and critique is both sought and acknowledged

    Achieve a sustainable funding base from multiple sources for covering annual budgeted expenses for NEF programs and marketing

    Our Mission:
    To link entrepreneurs with management expertise, joint venture partners, business services, capital, and other critical resources.

    Our Activities:
    Our monthly forum provides an evening of learning, sharing experiences, and making essential business contacts.

    Features of our forum include: networking, speakers discussing issues pertinent to entrepreneurs, showcase presenters offering new investment opportunities, and Open Forum where all meeting attendees may introduce themselves and their business needs.

    Our Program Committee and Coaching Teams help entrepreneurs attract investors.
    The NEF process encourages all participants to continually learn, contribute, and grow. Program Committee coaching teams of experienced business professionals help aspiring showcase presenters prepare a winning “pitch” to attract investors and other critical resources.

    Mentors + Consulting, Networking, Non-University
  • Next Gen Summit is managed by 19-year-old Justin Lafazan. At the 2015 conference, startups raised close to $1,000,000 from investors. The Next Gen Summit provides young entrepreneurs with resources they need to be successful, such as social capital, education, inspiration and investment. The oldest speakers are 25 years old.

    Austin, TX.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • Nexus Global Youth boasts an international dynamic with more than 2,000 young people from 70 countries focused on philanthropy and impact investing. Nexus breaks those barriers for young entrepreneurs who may have felt isolated from professional networks in their regions. If social entrepreneurship is your thing, this is an event you’ll want to attend.

    New York City, NY.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • The premier runway fashion organization at the University of Michigan with the mission to produce a high quality runway show for a charitable cause.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The Center for Entrepreneurship is expanding its startup immersion trek, now offering to bring 30 of the University’s most entrepreneurial students to Washington, D.C. and New York City during Spring Break 2017. The inaugural Northeast Entrepreneurship Trek (NEXT) is a multi-city adventure to introduce U-M student entrepreneurs to two of the nation’s fastest-growing startup ecosystems. The metro areas of Washington and New York represent epicenters of the nation’s IoT and venture capital communities. NEXT’s students will engage with alumni entrepreneurs and leading startups, while gaining a deeper understanding of how public policy and corporate venture capital influence the entrepreneurial community.

    Applications will be due Sunday, Nov. 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

    Startup Treks + Tours, Undergraduate
  • The mission of graduate education at the Center for Entrepreneurship is to provide all of the University’s technical or specialized graduate students the opportunity to learn the tenets of innovation and entrepreneurship as it supports their ambitions in their particular area of study and encourages multidisciplinary projects.

    Click here to schedule an appointment.

    Graduate, Mentors + Consulting
  • Applications for the 2016 program will open on October 1, 2015.

    What is OneStart?

    OneStart is the world’s largest life sciences and healthcare startup accelerator program – welcoming ideas focused on the improvement of human health including; therapeutics, diagnostics, software, devices, research tools, and more.

    Our focus is it to cultivate early-stage entrepreneurship among young and disruptive healthcare innovators and to that end we limit the participation of applicants to 35 years old or younger.

    We welcome ideas and businesses at all stages of development, from the very early to more mature (see our FAQs). Our programme provides extensive mentoring and support up to 70 teams each year (not just the winner). As a result, each year multiple entrants secure follow-on funding.

    There is absolutely no cost to participate, and you retain full control and ownership of your business. Moreover, teams will be given access to executives from the leading pharmaceutical companies, venture capital firms, and consultancies among other resources. Current mentors come from SR One, Takeda Ventures, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GSK, Roche, AstraZeneca, MedImmune, Boehringer Ingelheim, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, McKinsey & Co., Silicon Valley Bank, and many more (see some of our mentors here).

    A judging panel of industry experts will award the Grand Prize to the team that has the most potential to commercialise their idea and improve the lives of patients.

    Funding
  • Come and learn Open Innovation best-practices and applications from the leaders of America’s most innovative companies.

    Boston, MA.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • We strive to create a safe, diverse community that works together to implement innovations that change the world for the better.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The optiMize Social Innovation Challenge allows for multidisciplinary student teams develop ideas to make the world better into real, implementable projects. OptiMize is a platform for student to start taking action towards solving real world problems.

    Competitions, Funding, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea)
  • The Performing Arts EXCELerator is an entrepreneurial fellowship program housed in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance open to all U-M students with performing arts projects or venture ideas. Individuals or teams can apply annually for early-stage venture incubation and/or project support. Fellows are chosen by application and receive intensive mentoring plus up to $2,500 in seed money.

    Funding, Venture Accelerators
  • The PDMA Annual Conference is a unique opportunity to access fellow practitioners and academics in order to address the most current challenges affecting your day-to-day product development and management work. You will engage in information sharing, group learning and peer-to-peer networking in a dynamic education environment. Unlike other events, the PDMA Annual Conference leverages current industry-leading education and content created by product management professionals, for product management professionals.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • The 9-credit supplemental study Program in Entrepreneurship (PIE) gives students who are not able to commit to the full Minor in Entrepreneurship a formal academic program structure through which they can acquire fundamental entrepreneurial knowledge. All students wishing to declare either PIE or the Minor should schedule an appointment with an advisor.
    Please email innovatebluepeeradvisor@umich.edu with any questions related to PIE or the minor.

    Academic Programs, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • RIME is focused on providing holistic solutions to global health disparities through sustainable design, entrepreneurship, and education.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Grounded in the power college students bring, rEDesign is a group of University of Michigan students who design and implement innovative projects, programs, and events to better the public education system.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The Center For Campus Involvement created the Room Reservation Resource as a tool for finding spaces that are available across campus. Check out this resource to find other spaces that might be a good fit for your event!

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Space, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • A community of over 150 chapters and 30,000 change makers, who are using their jobs and skills to tackle the world’s toughest problems.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Incoming and returning masters-level students that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment towards pursuing avenues to solve complex social challenges. Each student receives a $5,000 scholarship and must continue to engage in curricular, co-curricular, and/or scholarly pursuits of social impact as a student. The students will receive mentorship from social innovators and leading faculty across campus.

    Funding, Graduate, Internships + Fellowships, Mentors + Consulting, Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Sage Corps is a global entrepreneurship program that sends top college students and young professionals abroad to work with tech startups.

    Internships + Fellowships
  • UMSI presents three workshops and a panel to help you gain the information you need in order to understand the basics of Market Research. Whether you’re launching a new product or idea, considering a career in a corporate setting or just want to hone your research skills, these sessions will provide the knowledge you need to get started. Open to all University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff.

    Academic Programs, Faculty, Graduate, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • We aim to build long-term, sustainable relationships with marginalized communities of color, with an emphasis on women of color. The work we do will use the concept of “co-creation,” an intensive collaboration process where any recommended solution.

    Student Organizations
  • A collaborative space and program for curious creators.

    Graduate, Space, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Competitive awards administered by the SBA (Small Business Administration) to encourage the commercialization of technology within small U.S. companies (less than 500 employees.)

    Alumni, Faculty, Funding, Graduate, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Competitive awards administered by the SBA (Small Business Administration) to promote joint research between non-profit research institutes and small high technology companies (less than 500 employees) located in the U.S.

    Alumni, Faculty, Funding, Graduate, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Each year the Center for Social Impact partners with a social impact organization to tackle a live case with U-M students. Teams compete to address a real-life strategic challenge currently facing the city of Detroit.

    During the competition, multidisciplinary teams receive a live Challenge statement, investigate the context and social issues, and develop strategic recommendations for action. The top teams present to a panel of judges including experts and leaders from Detroit. The winning team receives a $2,500 cash prize and the opportunity for their ideas to be implemented!

    Competitions, Funding, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • If you are a Ross School of Business MBA or BBA student looking for a challenging, high-level, paid summer project at a nonprofit organization or social enterprise, consider applying to our Impact Corps consulting internship program. The Impact Corps offers a variety of projects, including marketing, strategic planning, new business development, and civic consulting with top nonprofits and social enterprises across the world.

    *Only open to Ross School of Business MBA or BBA students.

    Internships + Fellowships, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The Social Innovation Speaker Series brings top leaders to campus who cut across boundaries to advance innovative, practical solutions to society’s toughest social challenges.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Speakers, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Launched in September of 2009, the Social Venture Fund is the first student-led investment fund of its kind and the first to close a deal among other such funds that have launched. The Fund focuses exclusively on for-profit social enterprises existing independently or within the legal structure of a pre-existing organization (LC3, 501c3, LLC, etc.). It invests $50,000-$250,000 in pre-revenue and post-revenue companies generating a profit and responding to critical challenges within Education, Food Systems, Environment, Health, and Urban Revitalization. It is focused on businesses based in the U.S. and is particularly interested in plans for the Southeast Michigan/Detroit area. Exclusively on for-profit enterprises that are committed to positive and measurable social or environmental impact, SVF invests in US-based businesses working in the areas of Education, Food Systems & Environment, Health, and Urban Revitalization.

    The Social Venture Fund is open to Ross School of Business students only.

    Funding, Graduate, Undergraduate, Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Our goal is to further the personal and professional development of students that are interested in careers in sport.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Stamp Nation strives to cultivate a vibrant community of artists, foster an atmosphere of artistic creation, and promote their music.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Startgrid is the place to discover, connect and collaborate with entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and support organizations who are focused on building innovative enterprises. Sign up and fill out your profile page to start making connections. Showcase your venture or organization and start solving problems and share your work with the community. Check out Startgrid’s launch of the first-ever collaborative space to accelerate and amplify game-changing ideas in Financial Inclusion, too.

    Alumni, Faculty, Funding, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Networking, Online Resources, Undergraduate, Venture Accelerators, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Our mission is to inspire student entrepreneurs with the power to transform their ideas into reality.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Startup Academy, an Mpowered project, works to ensure that those who attempt to launch a startup attempt to do so the right way. Startup Academy pushes teams to go beyond ideation towards action, and to be constantly learning and building. With the progress on the startups, a great deal of experience is acquired by aspiring entrepreneurs.

    Student Organizations
  • Startup High School is a group of University of Michigan students who work to get high school students excited about their ability to problem-solve, innovate, and even change the world! Through their online pitch competition and a series of skills workshops/networking sessions with successful business leaders, Startup High School exposes students to entrepreneurship and helps them realize their own creative abilities. Startup High School wants high school students to see their futures as boundless, and they are ready to inspire the next leaders and problem solvers.

    Student Organizations
  • Do you have a big idea, but you’re not sure how to make it happen? Do you want to become more entrepreneurial, but don’t know where to start? The CFE’s Startup Advising program is designed to provide students one-on-one mentorship with experienced staff to help them get going in the right direction.

    Due to high volume, you can only request ONE advising slot per week unless personally approved by the advisor. Thank you!

    Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • An external curated directory of resources & tools to help you build your Startup.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Online Resources, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Startup Treks led through the Center for Entrepreneurship’s M-Engage Program launch students into the entrepreneurial ecosystems outside of Ann Arbor classrooms. Treks are not for the passive, the tired, or the uninspired: they are intense immersions into the cultures, companies, and communities, that ignite innovation. They are platforms from which students can launch relationships with potential investors, professionals, executives, leaders and peers. They are highly curated, candid experiences for students exploring the startup world as part of their career – and life – journey.

    GREAT
    (Grand Rapids Entrepreneurs in Action Trek): open to all, late Oct./early Nov.

    D-TREK
    (Detroit): open to all, Fall (TBD) and May

    WUST
    (Weather Underground Startup Trek) San Francisco: Student venture teams/founders, March (over spring break)

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Networking, Online Resources, Startup Treks + Tours, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups in just one weekend!

    Student Organizations
  • The Zell Lurie Institute facilitates start-up workshops to help prepare aspiring entrepreneurs and student teams.

    Graduate, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The Innovation & Marketing Summit is firmly established as the premier educational and networking conference for store brands executives responsible for brand management, product development, innovation, marketing, packaging and sales.

    Chicago, IL.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • STORY is a conference for 1,500 creatives held each October in Chicago. Their goal is to fuel your greatest work with captivating talks, meaningful connections and unforgettable performances. STORY has grown into a global community of creatives who apply their artistic talents to businesses, non-profits, and cause-based organizations.

    Chicago, IL.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • South by Southwest is an annual set of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It began in 1987, and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • Take 36 is a project, presented by MPowered Entrepreneurship, that hosts a 36 hour film competition at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Groups of up to four will be provided and must use the entry-level equipment Take 36 provides them. Your goal is to be innovative and make an epic film. All are welcome to participate.

    Alumni, Competitions, Faculty, Graduate, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Take 36 is a 36-hour film competition hosted by MPowered in which participants form teams to apply the creative process to filmmaking, creating short films using limited resources. Given only a DSLR camera at the start of the event, students engage in the ideation and execution of a film, less than twelve minutes in length, expressing an idea, opinion, or story they want to share.

    Student Organizations
  • Experiential learning through business in Israel. TAMID is pioneering a new model of professional development on college campuses in the context of Israel’s economy.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • We are a rapidly growing business organization that fosters professional development by connecting students to Israel’s economy. Founded here at the University of Michigan in 2008, TAMID is thriving at nearly thirty elite U.S. universities. Michigan TAMID runs its own educational program, student-managed equity research teams, and consulting practice serving high-tech Israeli companies. Additionally, Michigan TAMID runs a summer fellowship program in Tel Aviv where selected members can intern at start-ups or companies like Google and Deloitte.

    Internships + Fellowships
  • This event brings entrepreneurs, business leaders and university researchers together in an annual event to celebrate U-M inventors. Over 300 leaders from the venture, business and university communities walk through eight technology kiosks illustrating some of U-M’s recent entrepreneurial ideas and ventures.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Networking, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Entrepreneurs Engage is an invitation-only unConference series designed to facilitate meaningful, action-oriented dialogue on growing the innovative companies and entrepreneurial culture that will lead Michigan’s economic turnaround.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Tech Transfer Fellows assist OTT in the technical and commercial evaluation of new inventions at University of Michigan in a variety of fields.

    Graduate, Internships + Fellowships, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Venture Accelerator, located at the North Campus Research Complex, provides laboratory and office space, as well as business services, to startup companies emerging from the pipeline of new ventures at U-M Tech Transfer. In addition, leveraging the Catalyst Resource Network, community partners and other programs, the Venture Center can help locate and make connections to the operational resources, such as facilities and equipment, that startup ventures require.

    Faculty, Graduate, Space, Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The Venture Center’s staff works with U-M inventors, entrepreneurs, market experts, and investors to create and develop new high growth venture concepts. Through the continual support of the University of Michigan, the Venture Center is able to provide a number of services to help launch U-M startups. Their services include networking events, and access to their business formation specialists, and in-house mentors.

    Faculty, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Venture Accelerators, Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • TechArb Student Venture Accelerator serves as the training ground for University of Michigan students to become tomorrow’s leading entrepreneurs. We empower our teams to bring their ideas to life through an intensive, highly collaborative experience. Portfolio companies receive exclusive access to expert mentors, tailored programming, material support, dedicated workspace, and — perhaps most importantly — a community of like-minded, high-achieving peers. These resources comprise a critical component of entrepreneurial education, enabling students to take their classroom learning and put it into practice for real-world impact. Sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Zell Lurie Institute, the University of Michigan Office of Research and Provost’s Office, the program connects participants to the resources and support of entrepreneurial partners across campus and beyond.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Undergraduate, Venture Accelerators, Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Every summer, U-M Tech Transfer’s TechStart program employs approximately 12 graduate students from business, engineering, medicine, law and information technology. These students are then divided into small multidisciplinary teams and assigned to several different technology transfer projects.

    Graduate, Internships + Fellowships, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • TEDxUofM is a university-wide initiative to galvanize the community for an event like no other; filled with inspiration, discovery, and excitement. Borrowing the template from the world-renowned TED conference, TEDxUofM brings a TED-like experience to the University of Michigan. The conference typically takes place in the spring.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Online Resources, Speakers, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Unite with other leaders charged with executing innovation and collaborate with stakeholders across the commercialization lifecycle to learn how to accelerate your business’ return on innovation. BEI shares how to be more agile, prioritize and monetize your best ideas and commercialize your best bets for growth, whether it be through process, partnerships or marketing.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • The mission of graduate education at The Center for Entrepreneurship is to provide all of The University’s technical or specialized graduate students the opportunity to learn the tenets of innovation and entrepreneurship as it supports their ambitions in their particular area of study and encourages multidisciplinary projects. In partnership with more than six U-M schools and colleges, these graduate courses are designed to grow into a full certificate program focused on innovation and technology to compliment an existing U-M graduate degree.

    Academic Programs, Graduate
  • The Economist’s Innovation Forum will make its debut in Chicago to discuss how exponential technologies, frugal engineering and radical business models are disrupting top industries. The event will bring together Fortune 500 CEOs, policymakers and entrepreneurs who are continuously disrupting the status-quo. View clips from our last event.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • The Field award is presented to an interdisciplinary team developing new business ventures with at least one member from UMSI. Teams that also have a student from CoE, or Ross are preferred but not required!?

    The award recognizes that failure typically paves the way for success, and that collaboration drives impact. Award: $7,500

    Deadline: 11:59 PM April 4th

    If you have questions about either award, please email the Entrepreneurship Program at umsi.create@umich.edu

    Funding
  • We offer international Entrepreneurship internships in some of the most exciting start-ups in the world, in sectors including Finance, Green Energy, Technology, Logistics and Social Entrepreneurship.

    Internships + Fellowships
  • MiR employs seasoned entrepreneurs “embedded” within the tech transfer team to provide opportunity assessment and venture development services. The team of MiR specialists provides assistance with business modeling, customer needs assessment and connections to key customer prospects and venture partners.

    Faculty, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The Startup is a competition by nature, but deeply rooted in a mentorship format. Also, teams earn funding after making it past each round and get a large fund for winning. Not sure how you are listing other competitions w/monetary rewards. Runs January through April.

    Competitions, Funding, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The Weiser award is presented to a current UMSI student who has demonstrated a passion for developing a product, model, service, or solution that has a demonstrable social impact in the entrepreneurial information space. It is intended to encourage students to embrace the vision of UMSI to create and share knowledge so that people will use information – with technology – to build a better world. Award: $2,500

    Deadline: 11:59 PM April 11th

    If you have questions about either award, please email the Entrepreneurship Program at umsi.create@umich.edu

    Funding
  • This year, TMRE: The Market Research Event united more than 1,200 insights professionals from around the world – bringing together leaders from the United States, Brazil, Japan, India, China, Belgium, Canada, United Kingdom, Thailand, Denmark and more. TMRE 2015 inspired, re-invigorated and united attendees in provocative dialogue about the NEW business value of research, translating insights into bottom line impact, and preparing our industry for the future. We’d like to thank you for being a part of it all. Just because TMRE already happened, don’t let the conversations stop! Check out our Market Research BlogTwitter and LinkedIn to continue shaping the future of the industry.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • UMSI New York Innovation Trek will be over fall break. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on 9/15 and required training sessions will start on Friday 9/18. We are working with MCompass to update our application form now and hope to have it up ASAP. Grads and undergrads from across U-M are welcome to apply.

    Graduate, Networking, Startup Treks + Tours, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • True Ventures’ True Entrepreneur Corps (TEC) summer fellowship brings students from across the country to the Bay Area to spend the summer with our portfolio companies. For students interested in technology and startups, becoming a TEC Fellow is a life-changing experience.

    Internships + Fellowships
  • The University Library is offering mini-grants to students working on engaged learning projects. Please share this call widely with colleagues, students, and student organizations.It’s time to take your student project to the next level—partner with the U-M Library!
    The U-M Library is committed to actively engaging with the campus community to extend learning beyond the classroom. Apply today for our student mini-grants (up to $1,000), which support innovative and collaborative projects that make a real-life impact. Selected projects must strengthen community partnerships, enhance global scholarship, and/or advocate for inclusion and diversity. The U-M Library will partner with you every step of the way—with personalized training and support from library experts, as well as direct access to world-renowned research collections and state-of-the-art design and technology labs, studios, exhibit galleries, and collaboration spaces.

    Applications are due Friday, October 30. 

    This initiative is sponsored by the U-M Library’s Student Engagement Program.

    Funding, Graduate, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Introducing Handshake, our new home for:

    • Jobs
    • Internships
    • Events & Fairs
    • Graduate and Professional Schools

    Login today and customize your profile. See what jobs and internships are available to you and other UM students. Find out when events and fairs are coming up.

    Handshake is available to all current degree-seeking UM-Ann Arbor students and recent grads (up to 18 mos after your graduation date).

    Internships + Fellowships
  • The School of Information Design Clinic offers consulting services in information management and research to entrepreneurial ventures at the University of Michigan and entrepreneurs in the local community.

    The University of Michigan School of Information’s Entrepreneurship Program is developing and piloting the Design Clinic. The goal of this program to support local community entrepreneurs and projects while also providing School of Information students real-world entrepreneurial experience.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Undergraduate, Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • No cell phones. No email. Action-packed days with workshops and panels. CAMP is a 4-day creative conference that strategically curates workshops and experiences in three areas to give entrepreneurs and creatives the tools to succeed. There are business workshops, creative classes and outdoor challenges – all designed to help you thrive by stimulating both sides of the brain.

    Big Bear, CA.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • Take a look at all of the entrepreneurial events by UMSI!

    Workshops + Conferences
  • The Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium gathers business, education, government, and community representatives to discuss strategies for creating sustainable, scalable business solutions for urban communities.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Speakers, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • Check out the great stuff happening at the Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium!

    Workshops + Conferences
  • We enable powerful approaches to stimulating science and technology invention, innovation and entrepreneurship on university and college campuses, and move the strongest ideas rapidly forward to commercialization.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • The West Quad Makerspace is a creative suite with a green screen and sewing machine, and several music and multipurpose rooms.

     

    Faculty, Graduate, Space, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The Wilson Student Team Project Center empowers student teams by providing a facility in which they can experience hands-on development and fabrication, enhance engineering theories, and allow members to use practical application of knowledge. Mainly meant for student project teams (e.g. Michigan Solar Car Team); faculty and student access; extensive training required; contacting Wilson Center staff to see if use of facilities is allowed on a case-by-case basis would be the best step. Use of this space requires training, so be sure to look at their website to figure out how to access this space!

    Faculty, Graduate, Space, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The $7 million dollar Wolverine Venture Fund invests primarily in early stage companies. The Fund is one of the world’s first VC funds where students are partners in the investment decision-making process. The Fund’s students members seek, screen and negotiate investments and develop significant experience in these areas – and in working with VCs and entrepreneurs. An advisory board of professional venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, and approximately 28 MBA students participate in managing this multi-million dollar fund. *The fund is only available to Ross MBA students.

    Funding, Graduate, Late (launched and growing)
  • A new group aiming to spark an inclusive conversation about gender equality in entrepreneurship and transform these ideas into action for aspiring female founders, funders, and team members.

    Graduate, Student Organizations, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The World Domination Summit (WDS) is a gathering of creative, interesting people from all over the world. Every summer, thousands of people travel to Portland, Oregon for an immersive experience in life, work, and travel.

    Portland, OR.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Non-University, Undergraduate, Workshops + Conferences
  • This early-stage investment fund is operated by Ross BBA students who work directly with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Students learn how to assess the value of start-up companies, vote on whether to invest, and monitor the fund’s portfolio for subsequent company investments. Students receive course credit for their participation on the Fund.

    Funding, Undergraduate
  • The Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund (ZLCF) is a pre-seed investment fund established to identify and accelerate the commercialization of ideas generated within the University community and the surrounding area.

    Funding, Graduate, Early (getting started or have an idea)
  • All of the great events hosted by ZLI.

    Workshops + Conferences
  • Zell Lurie Institute staff members are available to counsel students on their business concepts, course selection, program issues, Wolverine Venture Fund or Frankel Commercialization Fund, or any other entrepreneurial concerns that students have. Office hours are made available to students throughout the Fall and Winter semesters. Ross students can schedule appointments directly with a staff member using this link. Other University of Michigan students can schedule appointments directly with staff members using this link.

    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate, Mentors + Consulting, Undergraduate, Early (getting started or have an idea), Mid (working on an idea), Late (launched and growing)
  • The current ZLI Startup Series events.

    Workshops + Conferences