“We are proud that students from all disciplines are empowered to start and develop companies, nonprofits, products, and services that directly contribute to social and economic progress beyond the confines of the university.”
U-M President Mark Schlissel
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At the University of Michigan, innovation is a value deeply embedded in our core academic mission.
The University of Michigan’s excellence and breadth provide students with entrepreneurship opportunities that are unmatched in higher education. We are proud that students from all disciplines are empowered to start and develop companies, nonprofits, products, and services that directly contribute to social and economic progress beyond the confines of the university. Their work crosses disciplinary boundaries to transform ideas into action, solve problems, and develop innovations that will succeed in the marketplace.
These opportunities are united by Innovate Blue, our network of more than 15 centers and programs and more than 30 student organizations focused on entrepreneurship. Additionally, we have created a campus-wide minor in entrepreneurship, and we collaborate with institutions statewide to foster economic growth through inventions and startup companies. Our synergistic approach strives to ensure that entrepreneurship is much greater than the sum of its many parts at U-M.
The evidence of our success is apparent. In this third annual Made at Michigan Report, I’m pleased to highlight some of our university’s outstanding entrepreneurs and innovators.
I want to express my gratitude to the many individuals, mentors, and organizations that partner with Innovate Blue to foster the next generation of entrepreneurs. At U-M, we seek to compete at the highest levels in everything we do. Thanks to the strength of our ecosystem of entrepreneurship, our university and students are poised to lead the way to a brighter, more innovative future.
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PedalCell creates novel, 100% clean-powered, energy harvesting technology for smart-enabled bicycles.
Busy Box’s mission is to promote healthy, consensual, and fun sexual experiences for everyone!
Red Shoe Company is a performing arts collective that creates multi-genre events in venues ranging from traditional concert halls to gathering spaces of all types.
One out of five needle biopsies require patient readmission and a repeat of the procedure to obtain a quality sample, costing hospitals and medical institutions $1.3 million on average each year.
For more information on these ventures or to obtain a print copy of our Innovation and Entrepreneurship Highlights book, contact Innovate Blue.
Where are they now?
See how six of the student groups featured in last year’s Made at Michigan Report have continued to successfully grow their ventures.