Center for Innovation Research


iLabs proudly supports entrepreneurship on campus and in the State of Michigan.

The College of Business now offers students an Entrepreneurship Minor and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship.

UM-Dearborn Business Idea Pitch 
The UM-Dearborn Business Idea Pitch is a competition that help students build skills in marketing, critical thinking, and communication. Students develop these skills by learning about the region's most pressing concerns-- Healthy Food and Mobility. Students are also presented with an opportunity to pitch creative ideas about resolving mobility and healthy food access issues in the region. They have a chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes by proposing solutions to ease these regional issues. 

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.

Women Entrepreneurship Week
To celebrate Women Entrepreneurship Week, local entrepreneurs shared their experiences with College of Business students through a day of panel discussions and vendor tables. [ more ]

ENT 400: Entrepreneurial Thinking & Behavior
Students engaged in a rapid prototyping exercise to learn about problem solving using a favorite childhood toy. [ more ]

E-Corps was a summer long inititative in 2014 supported by iLabs and the Betty F. Elliott Initiative to help build support teams for entrepreneurs in the Detroit community.

Student organizations in the UM-Dearborn College of Business hosted a week-long boot camp for high school juniors to learn about entrepreneurship and win scholarship money.

Entrepreneurial Internship Opportunity
With support from the Ford Motor Company Fund, the University of Michigan-Dearborn was able to place college interns in entrepreneurial organizations at no charge to the organization.

Business of Franchising
The Business of Franchising was an initiative created by the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business. The purpose of this program was to connect franchising opportunities with both college students and recent graduates across Metro-Detroit. The University hosted a series of panel discussions and speaking engagements that guided participants through the world of franchising.