“We are proud that the University of Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem produces extraordinary benefits for the communities and the society we serve, in additional to launching companies, bolstering our economy, and providing students with incredible educational opportunities.”
U-M President Mark Schlissel
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We are proud that the University of Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem produces extraordinary benefits for the communities and the society we serve, in addition to launching companies, bolstering our economy, and providing students with incredible educational opportunities. This is a major reason U-M was ranked No. 1 by the Princeton Review for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs.
Our longstanding commitment to fostering innovation ensures that students from all of our schools and colleges can collaborate on entrepreneurial endeavors. Often, they work in interdisciplinary teams to develop and implement novel solutions to problems that no single discipline can provide.
U-M’s entrepreneurial projects span the globe, ranging from the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project, which assists small business owners, to the nonprofit Paani, which improves health and sanitation in Pakistan. In this Made at Michigan report, you can also learn about a U-M startup that seeks to change lives by integrating 3D printing into the prosthetic manufacturing process, and an alumnus whose businesses support the Ann Arbor region’s vibrant technology scene.
At the center of our university’s synergistic approach to entrepreneurship is Innovate Blue. Our network of more than 15 centers and programs, and more than 30 student organizations focused on entrepreneurship, leverage one another to create tremendous impact and opportunities within our academic curricula and across the breadth of our university.
I deeply appreciate the many individuals and organizations that partner with Innovate Blue to foster the next generation of entrepreneurs. The evidence of our shared success is apparent in the students we educate, the positive impact we make, and the innovations we deliver for our society.
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NeoHealth is a medical innovation company trying to address the problem of counterfeit drugs in developing countries.
BusyBox is a monthly subscription box for sexual health supplies that eliminates the hassle and embarrassment of purchasing these items through traditional vendors.
Runyonland Productions produces live theatre and promotes the development of new stories and voices while utilizing advanced financial analytics to predict financial stability.
Practical Prosthetics integrates 3D-printing into the prosthetic manufacturing process, developing functional prosthetics operated by an independent and intuitive control system.
For more information on these ventures or to obtain a print copy of our Innovation and Entrepreneurship Highlights book, contact Innovate Blue.
Three alumni share their rich, entrepreneurial journeys through their responses to our questions as they impart advice, illuminate their triumphs and setbacks, and talk about everything else in between!
Changing Neighborhoods: Building Detroit One Entrepreneur at a Time
The Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project is an interdisciplinary, action-based learning experience for U-M students focused on assisting neighborhood-based small businesses in Detroit.