U-M Zell Lurie Institute

University Partner

U-M Zell Lurie Institute

Located within the Ross School of Business, the globally recognized Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies provides the curriculum, program initiatives, community involvement, and alumni outreach activities that deliver exclusive resources for entrepreneurs at the University of Michigan. The Institute and its Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance bring together a potent mix of knowledge, experience, and opportunities from the front lines of entrepreneurship and alternative investments. The school’s four student-led investment funds, with over $8.5M under management, immerse students in the business assessment and investment process.



  • Marybeth Davis
    U-M Zell Lurie Institute
  • Stewart Thornhill
    Professor, U-M Zell Lurie Institute
  • Michelle Thomas
    Program Specialist, U-M Zell Lurie Institute
  • Josh Botkin
    Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Lecturer, U-M Zell Lurie Institute
  • Erik Gordon
    Managing Director, Wolverine Venture Fund (U-M)
  • Sarika Gupta
    Managing Director, U-M Zell Lurie Institute
  • Michael Johnson
    U-M Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund, U-M Zell Lurie Institute
  • Anne Perigo
    Associate Director, U-M Zell Lurie Institute
  • Jim Price
    Entrepreneur in Residence; Faculty in Entrepreneurial Studies, U-M Zell Lurie Institute
  • Margaret Patterson
    U-M Zell Lurie Institute

Company Stages Served

  • Growth/Expansion
  • Idea/Pre-Seed
  • Mezzanine
  • Public
  • Seed

Industry Sectors Served

  • Alternative Energy
  • Business Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Media
  • Mobility
  • Other

Types of Programs Offered

  • Business Acceleration
  • Capital
  • Incubation
  • Other

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