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Posted on Sun, Sep 20, 2009 : 5:39 a.m.

How U-M's Zell Lurie Institute is influencing entrepreneurial culture

By Nathan Bomey

The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is celebrating its 10th year. Here’s Business Review’s list of the institute’s top 5 culture-changing influences:

Investment: The institute’s newest venture capital effort, the Social Venture Fund, adds to its existing student-led VC funds: the $3.5 million Wolverine Venture Fund and $500,000 Frankel Commercialization Fund. The funds invest in local tech businesses.

Culture: The business school’s decision to highlight entrepreneurship as a core value of its classwork is critical to future leadership of Michigan.

Interconnectedness: Collaborating with the College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship in one example.

Student startups: More than $1.2 million has been awarded to student entrepreneurs through various business plan competitions.

Internships: More than 200 students have received internships at tech companies or venture capital firms through the Marcel Gani Internship Program.

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Matt Van Auker

Sun, Sep 20, 2009 : 4:03 p.m.

Yeah, you forgot to mention they do awesome studies up there, and put cash in your pocket. Sniff, sniff, I really love that place, and that man.