Innovation is critical to solving complex challenges and leading organizational change. The Zell Lurie Institute engages students through real-world experiences leading entrepreneurial organizations.

Cultivating agile innovators and entrepreneurial leaders.

Innovative leadership involves developing and implementing new ideas, products, processes, and strategies within existing organizations. It is about challenging the status quo, fostering a culture of creativity, and driving growth through continuous improvement and disruption. As a corporate innovator, you have the opportunity to shape the future direction of companies and contribute to their long-term success.

By harnessing your creative thinking, problem-solving skills, and growth mindset, you can pave the way for transformative change within organizations and create a rewarding career path. Embrace the challenge, strive for innovation, and unlock your full potential through entrepreneurial leadership.

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Product, Innovation, and Prototyping Studio

The Product, Innovation, and Prototyping Studio (PIPS) is designed to give students and alumni hands-on experience in developing a new product idea, defining a minimum viable product, building and testing a prototype of the product, and determining how to launch the product and acquire customers. The program is designed to provide an end-to-end experience for those considering a career in corporate innovation or product management.


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. This program gives students the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills while accelerating the advancement of the host company or their own venture.

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.


The Zell Lurie Institute scholarship program, established in 2003, is a merit-based scholarship program for returning graduate students (or part-time MBA students with at least 30 completed credits) and for rising undergraduate junior and senior students.

Silicon Valley Experience

Gain connections to some of Silicon Valley’s leading founders, CEOs, executives, and investors, all of whom hail from the University of Michigan. The Silicon Valley Experience through the Zell Lurie Institute connects rising U-M juniors and seniors and returning grad students with innovative entrepreneurial and venture capital companies for a week-long immersive experience.

I wouldn’t have received this job offer if it weren’t for the opportunities I had through the Zell Lurie Institute to establish my credibility, build a portfolio, and have meaningful experiences in graduate school.

Ashka Dave


Ashka Dave, Zell Lurie Institute Michigan Ross MBA '17