University of Michigan Continues to Foster Entrepreneurship

By Amanda Lewan on September 10th, 2014 / Comments

Entrepalooza, the annual University of Michigan entrepreneurial symposium, will be held this week on Sept 12th from 8:30 – 2pm at the Michigan League in Ann Arbor. The event will bring together all students across the university to continue to showcase and grow an already sharp entrepreneurial student body.

We’re always impressed by the entrepreneurial activity going on at universities across the state. Michigan’s university-wide event is another example of a growing effort to encourage student entrepreneurship. The upcoming event will host panels featuring Rob Pelinka, founder and CEO of Landmark Sports Agency, Tyler Paxton founder of Are You A Human, Andrew Bank, co-founder of Larky and Techstreet, and more. Over three hundred students from across campus are expected to attend this week’s event.

 “Entrepalooza is the first major entrepreneurial event of the school year. The symposium was created to be a celebration of entrepreneurship in all its forms,” said Marybeth Davis, the Entrepalooza event manager. “For the students, it is a motivational and inspirational event designed to drive them into entrepreneurial programs across campus.”

The university encourages student entrepreneurship through a combination of coursework and real world application. An estimated 10,000 students each year tap these resources throughout 80 courses and initiatives offered by the University.

Marybeth cites the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, the Ross School of Business, the College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship, the Law School’s Zell Entrepreneurship program, MPowered’s largest college hackathon and other opportunities for students to excel in entrepreneurship.

This university also offers some support for turning an idea into a business, including the Dare to Dream and Jump Start grants. In the past year alone Marybeth said there’s been an estimated $400,000 in awards and investments given to student teams. A few of these startups launched and continued by recent graduates are myDerm Portal, Turtle Cell and A2B Bikeshare.

It’s really exciting to see the University of Michigan’s dedication to fostering entrepreneurship, but they aren’t alone. Wayne State University has a stellar Blackstone Launchpad program helping launch student businesses in Detroit, and at MSU we’re seeing great entrepreneurship programs continue to grow. 

For more information or to register to attend the upcoming Entrepalooza event go to To receive event updates or share your thoughts from the symposium, use hashtag #epalooza on Twitter.

Photo via Michigan’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

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Amanda Lewan

Amanda Lewan

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