Michigan Entrepreneurship Leaders Forum

Shannon Beeman
December 15, 2011

The Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business has joined forces with Michigan State University’s Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Broad College of Business to create the Michigan Entrepreneurship Education Leaders Forum.  Last week the forum held its first meeting with representatives from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, as well as Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Grand Valley, Wayne State and Western Michigan Universities. The meeting addressed how entrepreneurship programs can—individually and collaboratively—provide students with the critical entrepreneurial skills needed and the best, most effective practices for doing this. Discussion topics included teaching and funding models as well as the scaling of more intensive student experiences.

“Bringing our region’s top entrepreneurial educators together is the best way to ensure we maximize every opportunity for students throughout Michigan to create meaningful entrepreneurial ventures, impact start-up development, or innovate within a corporate environment,” said Managing Director of the Zell Lurie Institute Tim Faley.

At the University of Michigan, the Forum represents another way the Zell Lurie Institute, a part of Michigan Ross, is delivering on the long term vision of Sam Zell to catalyze the proliferation of entrepreneurship throughout the greater Michigan region and the entire country. The group will next meet in May. For more details about Friday’s forum, check out the Xconomy article.