How We are Developing the Next Generation of Serial Entrepreneurs and Venture Investors: 2011-2012 Year in Review

Shannon Beeman
August 21, 2012

This has been a big year for the Zell Lurie Institute!  With major student-led venture fund investments in three startups, wildly successful events like Entrepalooza and the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, and valuable program offerings including the Michigan Business Challenge, Dare to Dream Start-up Grants and TechArb, we engaged hundreds of students across the spectrum of entrepreneurial skill development.  As we kick off a new school year, we invite you to share highlights from 2011-2012 with these tweetable factoids:

  • Brad Keywell, Co-founder of @Groupon, talked about his entrepreneurial journey at this year’s Entrepalooza #ZLIhighlights [Tweet This]
  • This year the Frankel Commercialization Fund @ZellLurie participated in a Series A investment in Are You a Human #ZLIhighlights [Tweet This]
  • This year’s Michigan Business Challenge drew 45 student teams to participate in a multi-round business plan competition #ZLIhighlights [Tweet This]
  • U-M Student Start-up Accelerator, @UMTechArb, awarded tenancy to 23 student teams in 2011-2012 #ZLIhighlights [Tweet This]
  • International Entrepreneurial Projects placed 37 first year MBAs at #startups around the world in 2011-2012 #ZLIhighlights [Tweet This]
  • The Dare to Dream Start-up Grant Program @ZellLurie, awarded $61,500 to 35 student teams #ZLIhighlights [Tweet This]
  • The Social Venture Fund @ZellLurie participated in a $2.4 million Series A investment in @LearnZillion in April 2012 #ZLIhighlights [Tweet This]
  • The Wolverine Venture Fund @ZellLurie participated in a $25 million Series D investment in Sonitus Medical in May 2012 #ZLIhighlights [Tweet This]
  • The 3 student-managed venture capital funds @ZellLurie operated in 2011-2012 with $6.5 million in total under management by 84 students #ZLIhighlights [Tweet This]
  • 17 #startup and #VC firms hosted 19 Marcel Gani Interns this past year #ZLIhighlights [Tweet This]