Dream. Launch. Invest. Lead. Repeat.

The Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Ross School of Business immerses students in entrepreneurial environments where they create, lead, and shape innovative ventures. The Institute’s suite of co-curricular programs and experiential learning opportunities engages students from diverse academic disciplines in the university-wide entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Participated in ZLI Programs

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To Graduate and Undergrad Students

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Student-Led Funds

With $10M Under Management

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U-M Student Startup Ventures

Be Inspired

The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Ross School of Business scales and refines strategic initiatives to spur entrepreneurial activity across the University of Michigan. Whether seeking to launch a startup, pursue a career in venture capital, or explore innovative leadership, students again transferable skills through our start – invest – lead framework. 

Programs & Funds

The Zell Lurie Institute augments business courses by placing students inside entrepreneurial environments where they can work on real problems with real people in real time and by supporting students in the development of their business ventures and preparing them for launch.

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, including academics, symposia, competitions, and global community outreach.


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.

Student Notes

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Driving Across America, Ross Open Road

“Small businesses make up America. We need to support one another, because that is the only way we are going to survive. I am going to make a conscious effort to do more of that.”

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Learning to Speak Science Changed the Course of My Business Relationship

“Entrepreneurship, as all entrepreneurs have proclaimed to us and others, is as much about people as it is about technology. More than that, entrepreneurship is about communication. It’s making everyone in the room as jazzed about your idea as you are, in whatever language it takes to make that happen.”



The internship program at the Zell Lurie Institute helps startup companies and venture capital firms hire University of Michigan students for a 12-week hands-on work experience.

Schedule an Appointment

Zell Lurie Institute staff members are available to counsel students and alumni on their business concepts, startup issues, new venture growth, or any other entrepreneurial concerns. Request your appointment today!

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