#ZellChat #1: A social media introduction to the Institute

Shannon Beeman
November 25, 2014

With our second Twitter chat right around the corner on December 4, we wanted to share the content from our first #ZellChat for anyone who wasn’t able to follow along live. Managing director of the Institute, Sarika Gupta, fielded your questions on programs, courses, and other offerings at Zell Lurie.

On Thursday, December 4, she’ll be tackling questions about the upcoming Michigan Business Challenge and other student business plan competitions at the Institute and beyond. Read up on our first Twitter chat below, get some entrepreneurial thoughts flowing, and tweet your questions for Sarika using #ZellChat before or during the December 4 chat.

  1. What types of courses do you offer?
    • ZLI professors teach courses, like New Venture Creation, to help satisfy the entrepreneurial big at Ross.
    • We offer courses through Ross, including Intro to Entrepreneurship, Marketing for Entrepreneurs, and Venture Capital.
  2. How can I get involved in what Zell has to offer?
    • I’d recommend you sign up for courses, clubs, and take advantage of all the available resources for students and alumni.
    • Apply to a venture fund like the Social Venture Fund or Wolverine Fund, or submit your idea to the Michigan Business Challenge.
    • Learn more about MBC here: http://www.bus.umich.edu/events_programs/bpc_mbc_rounds.asp … Apps due 11/17.
    • Visit the Institute’s website and get involved: zli.bus.umich.edu.
  3. Do you offer clubs or extracurricular activities?
    • Yes! Student-led groups include the Private Equity Club and the Entrepreneur & Venture Club.
    • Mingle ‘n’ Match is a series of casual, networking events that introduces entrepreneurs and potential teammates to one another.
    • We have a robust portfolio of programs that take students from pre-launch to launch, to growth and exit.
  4. How can the Zell Lurie Institute help me get my startup off the ground?
    • The Dare to Dream Grant program takes students through the entire business development process offering workshops, mentors, and funding.
    • The TechArb Student Incubator offers workspace and mentors and will help you launch your business!
    • Companies can apply to annual venture capital event Michigan Growth Capital Symposium to pitch and connect with venture capitalists in Michigan and the Midwest.
  5. What’s the one course you’d recommend students interested in entrepreneurship take?
    • New Venture Creation – teams go from ideation to full business plan and investor presentation in 12 weeks.
  6. Who are some UM alumni that worked with the Zell Lurie Institute?
    • After winning the Michigan Business Challenge in 2013, Cavan CAnavan and Grant Hugh founded wearable fitness device Focus TRAINR.
    • After his 2013 graduation, Ryan Fukuskima used his experience to counsel budding entrepreneurs at TechStars Chicago.