Business, Entrepreneurial, and Technology Transfer Resources

Engineering today often requires more than just a standard engineering education. Many engineers are interested in applying for patents, starting their own businesses, and learning how to become leaders. This page was created in order to connect you with resources that can help you seek those business, entrepreneurial, and technology transfer opportunities on campus.

UM Programs and Offices

  • Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE)
    CFE is a Michigan Engineering venture that empowers students, faculty and staff to pursue entrepreneurial achievements that improve people’s lives, drive the economy and help innovators bridge the gap between inventor and the business that is enabled by these breakthroughs.
  • The Engineering Global Leadership Honors Program (EGL)
    EGL combines a traditional engineering undergraduate curriculum with a core of courses in the Ross School of Business and a cultural core in the College of Literature, Science and Arts. The EGL Honors Program leads to a Bachelor's and Master's degree in engineering.
  • Integrative Systems & Design (IS+D)  
    IS+D coordinates the College of Engineering's interdisciplinary professional programs. These programs offer students opportunities to build expertise in a broad range of emerging and expanding industries, which include Automotive, Energy Systems, Financial, Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Robotics & Autonomous Vehicles, and Design Science.
  • MConneX Programs:
  • Michigan Ross School of Business 
    Offers courses on business information technology, leadership, entrepreneurism, etc.
  • Office of Tech Transfer 
    UM Tech Transfer is the University organization responsible for the transfer of University technology to the marketplace. Inventors, entrepreneurs, and students interested in licensing and participating with our opportunities should contact this office.
  • Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (ZLI)
    The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies provides the curriculum, program initiatives, community involvement, and outreach activities that deliver exclusive resources for future entrepreneurs. It also introduces students to new venture opportunities, and accelerates the commercialization process for University of Michigan ideas and technologies.
  • Tauber Institute for Global Operations
    TMI is a joint venture between industry and the University of Michigan's highly ranked College of Engineering and Ross School of Business. TMI helps prepare students for high-level manufacturing leadership positions. It includes a 14-week summer team project internship in a manufacturing firm.

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