The University of Michigan is #2 in R&D spending among all U.S. universities

Michigan Engineering has 9 departments ranked in the top 10 nationally at both the graduate and undergraduate levels

The Ross School of Business is #1 in Leadership Development three years running

- Leadership Excellence 2010, 2009, 2008

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Entrepreneurship has become an integral part of both the University of Michigan and the State of Michigan, creating a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, offering a full spectrum of opportunities for entrepreneurs.

1.  U-M Student Organizations

Chinese Entrepreneurial Network

China Entrepreneurial Network (CEN) is a student organization aimed at building a global hub for Chinese Entrepreneurs' by incubating entrepreneurship opportunities, disseminating entrepreneurial knowledge and experiences, and facilitating social networking among current and potential entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurial Law Association

The Entrepreneurial Law Association (ELA) is a new student organization for those interested in law surrounding entrepreneurship, venture capital, early-stage companies, development projects, and related topics. For more information, email

Michigan Entrepreneur & Venture Club

The Michigan Entrepreneur & Venture Club (EVC) Club is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate University of Michigan students that are dedicated to furthering their educational and professional goals as prospective entrepreneurs and investors in new ventures.

Michigan Health Engineered for All Lives

Michigan Health Engineered for All Lives (M-Heal) uses engineering design, in combination with needs assessments and social entrepreneurship, to improve access to healthcare in underdeveloped communities.


MPowered Entrepreneurship is a student organization that exposes and supports entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan.

Net Impact

Net Impact is a student organization with national chapters focusing on using the power and influence of business to make a positive impact on society, including social entrepreneurship.

Ross Energy Club

The Ross Energy Club offers opportunities for students to discuss and learn about subjects such as strategy, trading, finance, project development, public policy, and entrepreneurship within both traditional and renewable energy sectors.

SI Create

SI Create is a student organization fostering a community of innovation and entrepreneurship at School of Information at the University of Michigan and beyond.

2. U-M Centers & Institutes

Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship shapes entrepreneurs who want to have a positive impact on society – with disruptive ideas that are scalable and meet a societal need. CFE supports these entrepreneurs and connects them with the Michigan entrepreneurial network.

Medical Innovation Center

The U-M Medical Innovation Center works to improve health by educating tomorrow's leaders in biomedical innovation and assisting University of Michigan faculty, alumni and partners transition their ideas from early development to commercialization.

Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

The globally recognized Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies provides the curriculum, program initiatives, community involvement, and alumni outreach activities that deliver exclusive resources for future entrepreneurs at the University of Michigan.

U-M Office of Technology Transfer

U-M Tech Transfer is the University organization responsible for the transfer of University technology to the marketplace.

Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Program (ZEAL)

The newly formed Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Program (ZEAL) establishs a clinic to offer free legal advice to Michigan’s burgeoning number of student entrepreneurs, while simultaneously boosting the Law School’s curriculum to train students to better serve both startup and existing entrepreneurial businesses.

3. U-M and Michigan Incubators and Accelerators

Bizdom U

Bizdom U is an entrepreneurship accelerator. They train, mentor and fund aspiring entrepreneurs to launch innovative, growth-oriented startups in Detroit and Cleveland through two distinct programs: the Idea Generator and Launch Labs.

Michigan Medical Device Accelerator

The Michigan Medical Device Accelerator (MMDA) brings a wealth of know-how in establishing viable medical device businesses and growing them into a sustainable venture.

Michigan Venture Center Accelerator

The U-M Michigan Venture Accelerator provides laboratory and office space, as well as business services, to startup companies emerging from the pipeline of new ventures at U-M Tech Transfer .


Momentum is a Michigan-based seed accelerator looking for new technology start-ups with amazing ideas to join us for a 12-week lean startupbootcamp program. Entrants get $20,000 in seed capital, 18 mentors, a great place to work and the mental space to bring a new company to fruition.

Spark Business Accelerator

The Spark Business Accelerator speeds up the development of start-ups in the Michigan region with a variety of valuable services. It is an exceptional business resource designed to shorten the time required to attract capital, customers, or other resources.


The U-M business accelerator offers co-location office spaces for early stage companies affiliated with U-M. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Zell Lurie Institutemanage the Techarb and provide input and guidance from an advisory board made up of community leaders and professionals.


Detroit’s research and technology park. TechTown seeks to reignite Detroit’s entrepreneurial culture by providing incubation and acceleration resources including space for lease, coaching, mentoring, educational workshops and access to talent and capital.

4. Local Entrepreneurial Organizations


A2Geeks is a non-profit group which sponsors a series of technology events and provides coordination for tech groups around Ann Arbor.

Accelerate Michigan

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is an international business plan competition designed to highlight Michigan as a robust and vibrant venue for innovation and business opportunity.

Ann Arbor Spark

Ann Arbor SPARK is a driving force in establishing the Ann Arbor Region as a desired place for business expansion and location by identifying and meeting the needs of business at every stage, from those that are established to those working to successfully commercialize innovations.

Great Lakes Entrepreneurship Quest

The mission of the Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest, and its competition, is to continually encourage and educate entrepreneurs on the creation, start up and early growth stages of high-growth businesses within the state of Michigan. This will be accomplished by linking entrepreneurs pursuing high-growth opportunities with access to a statewide network of community resources, expert advice, high quality education, management talent and capital at every stage of development.

Michigan Energy Forum

The mission of the Michigan Energy Forum is to facilitate collaboration and networking among practitioners, policy makers, investors and talent.

Michigan Small Business Technology Development Center

Enhances Michigan's economic well-being by providing counseling, training, research and advocacy for new ventures, existing small businesses and innovative technology companies.

New Enterprise Forum

The New Enterprise Forum (NEF) is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1986 to help link entrepreneurs to management expertise, potential joint venture partners, mentors, business services, capital, and other critical resources.

5. Local Venture Capitalist and Angel Funding

Numerous Venture Capitals and Angel Investors

The Southest Michigan region has numerous venture capitals and angel investors, as well as other inventives for new ventures. A review of these opportunities can be found on the Ann Arbor Spark website.

6. Local Venture Capitalist and Angel Funding


A2Geeks is a non-profit group which sponsors a series of technology events and provides coordination for tech groups around Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor New Tech Meet Up

The Ann Arbor New Tech Meet Up seeks to foster tech entrepreneurship by facilitating communication, providing access to resources, and creating community. Members meet every few weeks to participate in demo events.


Bioarbor hosts educational networking events for the life sciences industry in the greater Ann Arbor area with a focus on technology commercialization, financing strategies, business development, regulatory affairs and marketing. BioArbor events are open to the public and are especially suited for those interested in starting or growing life science businesses.


Promotes cooperation between Michigan’s bioscience-related businesses, forges stronger relationships, develops business-to-business opportunities, and serves as a united industry voice to improve the overall science-friendly environment for attracting and founding new business.