Center for Innovation Research


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.

Design Change 
Design Change 2015 is a series of workshops 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. 

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.

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.

Pitch Day
The Betty F. Elliott Initiative Business Idea Pitch has returned to UM-Dearborn for the third annual event on April 2, 2015! The goal of the program is to promote promising new business ideas from University of Michigan-Dearborn students. Students start by posting their idea online by March 13th to be voted by the public and expert reviewers. Top ideas move on and have five minutes to describe their business idea to a panel of judges for thousands of dollars in prizes.

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 BusinessCollege 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.

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.