The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan supports U-M alumni entrepreneurs and connects U-M student and alumni entrepreneurs to one another. AAUM hosts alumni entrepreneur themed events in cities across the U.S. and highlights U-M entrepreneurs in our publications.
Business Engagement Center
The BEC connects organizations with the remarkable talent at the University of Michigan for mutually beneficial partnerships. BEC links the world’s brightest minds with the world’s greatest companies, sparking innovation and change through collaboration on research projects, campus recruiting and philanthropic endeavors.
Center for Entrepreneurship
The CFE offers learning experiences to U-M students and faculty through programs designed to teach the skills needed to successfully translate projects and ideas into real-world applications, helping individuals become better prepared to solve problems in any organization, or entrepreneurial endeavor.
Center for Social Impact
The Center for Social Impact prepares and inspires leaders to tackle complex social challenges. Students in the Center’s programs receive support to start social ventures, and collaborate with mission-driven organizations across sectors to develop innovative solutions to pressing social challenges.
Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance
CVP oversees the financial component of entrepreneurial studies at the Ross School of Business. Dedicated to the application and dissemination of knowledge and the creation of value through financing entrepreneurship, CVP is open to U-M students from all units and levels.
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts optiMize Program
The student-driven optiMize program is a unique partnership between the College of LSA and the optiMize student group that helps turn ideas into impact through a 6-month program, and seed-funds $200,000 to student teams every summer.
A collaborative effort between the Ross School’s Zell Lurie Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies and the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering, the Accelerator is a program that helps entrepreneurs take early-stage ventures to external-funding readiness by leveraging U-M’s expansive network of people and resources.
Fast Forward Medical Innovation
FFMI offers resources and support to biomedical researchers at the U-M and across the state, providing groundbreaking funding programs, dynamic educational offerings and deep industry connections to help researchers navigate the road to successful innovation and commercialization.
Innovate Blue – Campuswide Minor in Entrepreneurship
Innovate Blue administers a minor in entrepreneurship that gives students the skills and experience needed to translate ideas into real impact. This highly immersive academic program teaches students to be effective leaders with the confidence to be entrepreneurial through engaged learning coursework and practical experiences.
Innovate Blue Innovation Space
The Innovate Blue space on the first floor of the Shapiro Undergraduate library has entrepreneurial class advising, a conference room, and open collaborative work and design space open 24 hours a day.
Office of Technology Transfer
Tech Transfer is responsible for the commercialization of research discoveries to generate benefits for the university, the community, the state, and the region.
Public Health Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Program
Innovation in Action is a five-month, university-wide challenge stimulating innovative, collaborative solutions to real-world problems. Focusing on public health and education, IIA equips students with an innovator’s toolkit, an experiential learning framework and a safe space to test the waters of social entrepreneurship.
School of Information Entrepreneurship
This program aims to inspire UMSI students to do at least one self-directed innovation project. Activities include annual Innovation Treks to major metropolitan areas, UX Design and Software Prototyping Clinics, and coursework in mobile application innovation. Students build skills to foster an entrepreneurial mindset.
School of Music, Theatre & Dance: Excel Lab and Career Center
SMTD empowers entrepreneurial students through EXCEL, one of the most comprehensive performing arts career development and entrepreneurship programs in the nation. EXCEL catalyzes success for U-M SMTD students and alumni through courses, internships, workshops, mentoring and $100,000 in annual student project and venture funding.
Based in downtown Ann Arbor, the TechArb startup accelerator empowers students to bring their ideas to life and build viable ventures in an intensive hands-on entrepreneurial education experience. Sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Zell Lurie Institute and Innovate Blue.
Zell Entrepreneurship and Law (ZEAL) Program
ZEAL offers Michigan Law students, the University, and the entrepreneurial and business community a variety of programs that build on the resources of one of the world’s top-tier law schools.
Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
The Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Ross School of Business advances the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation through a broad range of activities including academics, student-led investment funds, symposium, competitions and global community outreach.
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