Entrepreneurship through Acquisition

This elite program is designed to provide support to second year MBA students who are seeking to search for and acquire a business upon graduation.  This can be accomplished via the search fund model, as an independent sponsor, through a family office, or otherwise.  Selected students will participate in regular meetings with the program director and other participants.  Each participant will be paired with an alumni mentor with experience in search funds, private equity, or another relevant field.  Additionally, selected students will receive up to $8,000 in financial support to launch a search fund or otherwise pursue an acquisition.  Academic credit is not available for participation in this program.

Zell Entrepreneur Course University of Michigan Ross Zell Lurie Institute


Interested students are encouraged to enroll in the course ES 516 – “Entrepreneurship via Acquisitions” in the Fall A term of their second year.  Students will be selected for the program early in the Fall B term and the program will run through graduation.  For any additional questions contact Dave Hiemstra.





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MBA 1’s: Learn how to join one of Ross' student-led investment funds! Are you interested in getting hands-on experience investing in emerging ventures? Michigan Ross student-run funds expose students to investing at different stages of a company’s growth cycle and across different focal areas.


The 2023-24 Zell Lurie Institute scholarship program application is due Friday, July 14, at 8:00 a.m. A complete application will include your resume (as page 1) and your essays (pages 2 and 3) combined into a single PDF, plus a copy of your unofficial transcript as a separate upload.