“One of the greatest characteristics of University of Michigan students is their drive to make a positive impact in the world. Our students have changed the world as inventors, entrepreneurs, founders and leaders.”
U-M President Mark Schlissel
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One of the greatest characteristics of University of Michigan students is their drive to make a positive impact in the world. Our students have changed the world as inventors, entrepreneurs, founders and leaders.
This has been the case since our founding 200 years ago, when the University of Michigan was itself an ambitious innovation. We were envisioned from the beginning as a university that would serve society and be governed by the people. On Aug. 26, 1817, in Detroit, Lewis Cass, governor of the Michigan Territory, and the Territory’s legislators enacted a bill to establish our university.
From those pioneering roots, U-M has grown into one of the world’s best educational institutions. And we have always embraced our public character, and the innovative spirit of our founding.
Entrepreneurship education at U-M encourages our students to take on all challenges, define the problems they want to tackle, learn perspectives from different disciplines, and test and pursue solutions. Whether launching a nonprofit organization to help children study science, or working with our expert faculty to develop a device to improve disease detection, U-M students work to address the biggest problems we face as a society.
The culture of entrepreneurship is thriving at the University of Michigan. In the last three years, we have created a unique campus-wide minor in entrepreneurship, added new experiences across campus and boosted access to expert mentors. Our faculty and students are also sharing their expertise through partnerships with communities across our state.
U-M’s network of more than 15 centers and programs and more than 30 student organizations focused on entrepreneurship are united through an ecosystem we call Innovate Blue. I’m proud to introduce some of the University of Michigan’s next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators in this second annual Made at Michigan report.
I appreciate your interest in our students, and I invite you to learn more about Innovate Blue as we work to support University of Michigan innovators in our third century.
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SAHI Cosmetics provides customized private blend cosmetics for women of medium skin tones.
Seven Mile Music has operated in Brightmoor for four years, and will be launching the first annual, free five-day-a-week music summer program in Brightmoor, Detroit --- the Brightmoor Arts Camp.
CellScope Retina is a portable, affordable, and easy-to-use smartphone-based camera that decreases the barrier for retinal screening for eye diseases.
AIM Tech is a medical technology company whose first product, NeoVent, is a no power, easy-to-use respiratory therapy device designed for premature newborns.
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.
A Faculty Excited to Share Their Expertise
“The expert is in and ready to talk.” That’s the message that U-M’s educators and researchers want to convey to entrepreneurial students.
Michigan empowered these alums to develop distinctly different ideas, then market their products and services to impressive results.
A History of Inspiring Innovative Thinkers
In the 90 years since Michigan first offered an entrepreneurship course, thousands have graduated with the tools to take them to the top.
A Culture that Encourages Collaborations
U-M satisfies its students’ business-building interests through a robust selection of related courses, clubs and competitions.