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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Business, College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Detroit Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization.