Nancy Benovich Gilby

4413 North Quad
Ehrenberg Director of Entrepreneurship, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Information and Research Investigator, School of Information


Nancy Benovich Gilby is the school's first Ehrenberg Director of Entrepreneurship. In this position, she is developing the school’s entrepreneurial curriculum for the new Bachelor of Science in Information program. In addition to coordinating entrepreneurial partnerships with other departments and schools at the university, she will be expanding the school’s participation in events such as national competitions, startup treks, networking opportunities and client engagement.

Nancy received both her BSE and MSE in computer engineering from the University of Michigan. In 2007 she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the department of Computer Science and Engineering. She has been involved in major roles in information technology companies since 1987, including Apollo Computer, Firefly Network, Component Software, Wildfire, ON Technology, Asurion Mobile Applications Division, A2O Mobile, and several others. She has played leadership and co-founder roles in numerous startup ventures. Her ten companies have resulted in eight exits, or outcomes that resulted in a return to the original investors and shareholders.

In her free time, she coaches FIRST Robotics competitors (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) for 5-18 year olds, an organization founded by insulin pump and Segway inventor Dean Kamen.


MSE, University of Michigan
BSE, University of Michigan