Center for Innovation Research

The University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research — iLabs — is housed within the University’s College of Business. iLabs, a research institute established in 2006, is dedicated to advancing the understanding of corporate, entrepreneurial, and institutional innovation and its impact on economic development.

iLabs Research Highlights

iLabs reports on a recent study of Detroit Metor-Airport and finds: DTW Airport has an economic impact of over $10 Billion for the State of Michigan

eCities, an annual iLabs project, is a free and easy economic development tool for local governments!

eCities recognizes certain local governments who encourage entrepreneurial and economic growth as Best Practices Communities


In the news

Over the past several years, University of Michigan-Dearborn faculty and students have...
DETROIT, March 31, 2015 – Willow Run Airport generates more than 950 jobs and $123...
Students across campus here at U of M-Dearborn have crafted their ideas in anticipation...
On February 12th, 2015 three representatives - Sue Galantowicz, Nick Carulli, and Alyssa...


  1. An amazing end to an amazing week! Great to see students solving problems for nonprofits! #npoc15 @UM_Dearborn #newleaders #studentpreneurs
  2. Students are showing off their #npoc15 solutions! @UM_Dearborn
  3. Showtime at the nonprofit opportunity challenge #npoc15!!
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