In accordance with the health and safety guidelines put in place by the University of Michigan and the Ross School of Business, Zell Lurie events will be hosted in-person with a few virtual options for the 2023-24 academic year. For updates on guidelines, please visit the U-M Campus Maize & Blueprint website

Zell Lurie Institute events and programs provide students with exclusive networking opportunities and challenging experiences. While entrepreneurial skills can be leveraged in a variety of business settings, they are most effectively learned in an entrepreneurial environment. The Institute augments business courses by providing workshops and competitions where students can work on real problems with real people in real time – supporting students in the development of their business ventures and preparing them for launch.

Two female students smiling and chatting at the Annual Entrepreneurial Luncheon

Entrepreneurial Competitions

Competitions allow students to test the viability of their ideas, in a low-risk environment where they are able to collect and incorporate feedback from professionals and peers. Entrepreneurs will interact and connect with various judges as they progress through the stages of the competition. Students who successfully complete ZLI competitions also have the opportunity to compete in additional business plan competitions hosted by other universities.

Annual Symposia

Held throughout the year, Zell Lurie symposia combine provocative learning programs with unique entrepreneurial resources. ZLI signature events, like the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, Entrepalooza, and Michigan Private Equity Conference, enable students to learn from business experts, connect with innovative organizations, and build relationships. The Zell Lurie Institute continues to host the Midwest’s leading conferences where hundreds of cutting-edge technology entrepreneurs and top venture capitalists make invaluable connections.


Zell Lurie networking events bring together extraordinary groups of highly-skilled and talented entrepreneurs who are united around the idea of sharing, creating, and developing ideas. ZLI offers a series of casual, networking events that introduce entrepreneurs and potential colleagues to one another.

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ZLI Startup & VC Career Fair
February 2, 2024 | Register Here

We invite you to attend our third annual Zell Lurie Startup & Venture Capital Career Fair, in cooperation with the Ross Career Development Office. Meet with startups, VC firms, and corporate innovation labs to pursue opportunities in entrepreneurship, venture capital, and corporate innovation. Companies are seeking both interns and full-time employees. Diversify your resume and expand your network by working for some of the most innovative and successful companies in metro Detroit and nationally.

We will be hosting a hybrid career fair. The companies will attend either in person or via a Zoom Room hosted by ZLI. We will have computer booths set up so any in-person visitors also get a chance to meet with our virtual companies.

Join us at the University of Michigan Ross Blau Colloquium on Friday, February 2nd from 12-2 PM EST


About Zell Lurie

The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies advances the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation through a broad range of activities


The faculty and staff of the Zell Lurie Institute bring a wealth of experience to the study and practice of entrepreneurship.

Host Internships

Are you a startup or venture capital firm interested in hosting a Michigan Ross BBA or MBA intern? Applications for startups and venture capital firms to host an intern through the 2023 program are available.