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Entrepreneurship advising and resources

Entrepreneurial skills such as innovation, creativity, risk taking and tolerance for ambiguity continue to gain importance as key twenty-first century skills. Entrepreneurial thinking is at the heart of launching a business venture, but an innovator’s mindset and problem-solving skills can provide value to any workplace. The entrepreneurship ecosystem at U-M fosters the essential knowledge and skills necessary to engage in making an impact in today’s ever-changing world.

UMSI supports students interested in pursuing their own entrepreneurial endeavors as well as learning about entrepreneurship and innovation more broadly at U-M. Involvement in the entrepreneurship community at UMSI can help students gain important problem-solving skills, improve adaptability and foster innovation.

Advising

The Engaged Learning Office (ELO) offers advising for UMSI students interested in exploring entrepreneurship and innovation at U-M. The University of Michigan is a top school for entrepreneurship, and there are a wealth of resources and opportunities for any aspiring entrepreneur or innovator. Utilize advising to help navigate the multitude of options. Appointments may be booked via iTrack or students can contact Jen Chizek at chizekje@umich.edu directly.

UMSI innovation and entrepreneurship funding

UMSI students seeking financial support for participating in entrepreneurial events, initiatives or experiences should contact the ELO. Preference is for students that are participating in cross-collaboration teams with students from the College of Engineering and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Such initiatives could include, but are not limited to, start-up treks, the Michigan Business Challenge, Innovation in Action, MPowered Pitches and other entrepreneurial experiences at the University of Michigan locally or nationally. Apply here.

U-M entrepreneurship ecosystem

The University of Michigan is ranked #1 in undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation and among the top 10 for graduate programs. UMSI students interested in becoming involved in the U-M entrepreneurship ecosystem can explore opportunities for engagement on Innovate Blue

Students can take classes toward the entrepreneurship minor, participate in pitch competitions, gain mentorship from successful entrepreneurs and launch a business venture during their time at U-M. Examples of programs include Innovation in Action, the Zell Lurie Institute, the TechArb Student Venture Accelerator and the Center for Entrepreneurship.

When: All year, many formal programs start in fall

Eligibility: All U-M undergraduate and graduate students

Interested in any of these programs? Email umsi.engagement@umich.edu