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Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

University of Michigan Ross School of Business
701 Tappan Ave, R3200
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 615-4419

Entrepreneurial Advising 
Schedule an Appointment to meet with an Institute staff member through our Office Hours advising program. Current students may sign up online. Prospective students, please contact Sarika Gupta to setup an appointment.

Student Programs
Student co-curricular programs are an excellent opportunity for students to refine their business plans, expand their networks, receive funding, and learn about their new ventures from another perspective.  For information regarding student competitions, including the Michigan Business Challenge and intercollegiate competitions, or the Dare to Dream startup grant program, connect with Anne Perigo.

  To learn more about the Zell Entrepreneurs Program, contact Emily Zaycosky. For fall internship questions or requests, connect with Emily Zaycosky.

Zell Lurie Investment Funds
Student-led investment funds are a cornerstone of the action-based learning experience at Michigan Ross.  For more information on any of the five ZLI funds, connect with Emily Zaycosky.

Conferences & Symposia
Held throughout the year, Zell Lurie conferences and symposia combine provocative learning programs with unique entrepreneurial resources. Connect with Mary Nickson for information on our signature events. 
Startup Acceleration
The Zell Lurie Institute, in partnership with the Center for Entrepreneurship, hosts TechArb, a student venture accelerator, and the Desai Accelerator, a business accelerator. For information on Desai, please connect with Angela Kujava.  To inquire about the next TechArb student cohort, please contact Ryan Gourley

Alumni Engagement
​Alumni from the University of Michigan have many opportunities to participate in programs at the Zell Lurie Institute. Discover how you can connect with ZLI by contacting Drea Shipp-Caldwell

Media & Marketing  
For press and news information about the Zell Lurie Institute, please connect with Shannon Beeman.

General Information 

All other general inquires about the Zell Lurie Institute please contact Margaret Patterson, 734-615-4419.

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Meet Our Team

The team at the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies works to strengthen a collaborative and supportive ecosystem for entrepreneurship and innovation within Michigan, as well as the greater community. ZLI faculty and staff connect resources, programs, and talent with emerging opportunities. 

Stewart Thornhill
Executive Director
(734) 615-4421
thorstew [at]
Shannon Beeman
Associate Director
(734) 936-3528
srbeeman [at]
Josh Botkin, ZLI University of Michigan
Entrepreneur in Residence; Lecturer
(734) 615-2929
jbotkin [at]
David J Brophy, ZLI University of Michigan
(734) 764-7587
djbrophy [at]
Andrea Shipp-Caldwell
Program Manager, Alumni Engagement
(734) 615-4427
shippca [at]
Erik Gordon
Clinical Professor
(734) 764-5274
rmegordo [at]
Ryan Gourley, TechArb
TechArb Director
(734) 763-1021
rgourley [at]
Sarika Gupta, ZLI Entrepreneurs University of Michigan
Managing Director
(734) 615-4422
sarikag [at]
Taylor Landeryou Zell Lurie Institute Michigan
Program Coordinator
tlandery [at]
Mike Johnson Zell Lurie Institute Ross
Entrepreneur in Residence; Lecturer
(734) 764-8225
mljohn [at]
Angela Kujava
Managing Director, Desai Accelerator
(734) 707-8112
amkujava [at]
Katy Lind, Desai Accelerator
Program Manager, Desai Accelerator
katylind [at]
Rashmi Menon
Entrepreneur in Residence; Lecturer
ramenon [at]
Mary Nickson
Associate Director
(734) 615-4424
mnickson [at]
Margaret Patterson, Zell Lurie Institute
Administrative Assistant
(734) 615-4419
mcoats [at]
Anne Perigo ZLI Entrepreneurs University of Michigan
Associate Director
(734) 615-4425
aperigo [at]
Jim Price, ZLI University of Michigan
Entrepreneur in Residence; Faculty in Entrepreneurial Studies
(734) 764-1387
jimprice [at]
Emily Zaycosky, Zell Lurie Institute
Program Coordinator
(734) 764-8160
ezayco [at]

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