iLabs proudly supports entrepreneurship on campus and in the State of Michigan. Below are a few of resources and connections available to help with your business ideas.
Entrepreneurial Internship Opportunity
With support from the Ford Motor Company Fund, the University of Michigan-Dearborn is able to place college interns in your entrepreneurial organization at no charge to the organization.
Business of Franchising
The Business of Franchising is an initiative created by the University of Michigan - Dearborn College of Business. The purpose of this program is to connect franchising opportunities with both college students and recent graduates across Metro - Detroit. The University will host a series of panel discussions and speaking engagements that will guide participants through the world of franchising.
eCities is iLabs' annual research study that examines community-level factors that influence entrepreneurship, economic development, and job growth. Local communities who participate in the project receive benchmarking reports that help leaders evaluate their efforts in supporting local business and encouraging entrepreneurial growth. Similarly, businesses in each locality have the opportunity to identify the resources they think are critical to support local business growth through our Business Retention Survey.
Student organizations in the UM-Dearborn College of Business host a week-long boot camp for high school juniors to learn about entrepreneurship and win scholarship money.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn hosted Pitch Day on April 2, 2013. The inaugural event encouraged students to share their ideas and help reshape the future of business. More than $5,000 in prizes were awarded. Support for the program was provided by College of Business Alumnus Thomas Quinlan (BBA '78), the Betty F. Elliott Initiative, and the Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Product Realization and Technology Commercialization
The Product Realization and Technology Commercialization Program will be presented in partnership with The University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business, College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Detroit Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization.
Savvy Entrepreneur Series
The University of Michigan-Dearborn and Henry Ford Community College are pleased to host The Savvy Entrepreneur Series (SES), which provides early to mid-stage technology entrepreneurs with guidance on key topics that all startups must navigate to realize success. The SES is produced by The Great Lakes Chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, the Great Lakes Entrepreneurs' Quest, TiE, and Henry Ford Community College.