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Entrepreneurship Programs

We host a number of meetings each year focused on engaging the community in all aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and in the region. These include:

  • Entrepalooza, an annual conference, enables students to attend presentations by successful entrepreneurs and investors, as well as meet with them one-on-one.
  • The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium is a venture capital event that connects high-potential Midwest start-ups and university spinouts with leading investors nationwide. Ten-year statistics include: 300 companies presented, 200 raised capital totaling more than $1.7 billion, 60 exited successfully.
  • The Tech Transfer annual inventor recognition reception, Celebrate Invention, honors faculty who participate in tech transfer activities. Guests include more than 300 business, venture, university, and community partners.

We also offer a wide range of entrepreneurship courses, programs, and activities, including:

  • The College of Engineering and the Ross School of Business offer a joint Michigan Master of Entrepreneurship (MsE) degree. The MsE program educates students on forming and managing high-growth potential, scalable businesses.
  • The Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, at the Ross School of Business, engages undergraduate and graduate students in real-world learning. In addition to spreading entrepreneurship across campus through multidisciplinary courses, university-wide business-plan competitions, and grant programs, it has spawned entrepreneurship centers at the Law School, Medical School, and College of Engineering.
  • The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE), in the College of Engineering, offers entrepreneurship-related undergraduate courses, a 9-credit Program in Entrepreneurship (PIE) for both undergraduate and graduate students, and a 15-credit CASE in Entrepreneurship (CASEE), which teaches graduate students, as well as working professionals, the tools needed to bring innovative ideas to market. Since its inception, 2,830 students have enrolled in CFE-sponsored classes.
  • Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Program (ZEAL), at the Law School, prepares law students to advise about, and/or develop, business enterprises and has a clinic providing much sought-after legal services for U-M student entrepreneurs.
  • Medical Innovation Center (MIC), in the Medical School, assists faculty, alumni, and partners in taking ideas from the early development stage to commercialization. The Center offers a fellowship program in biomedical innovation and also operates a Design and Prototype Lab.
  • The Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance (CVP), at the Ross School of Business, focuses on entrepreneurial finance and investment through research and program initiatives. Center initiatives such as the annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium and Private Equity Conference connect U-M ‘s entrepreneurial network to the broader financial community. Programs are administered through the Zell Lurie Institute.
  • Plans are under way to establish a minor in entrepreneurship available to students throughout U-M.


Fast Facts

An annual entrepreneurship contest for U-M students draws thousands of entries each year.