Learning Business By Doing Business

We believe real-world experience is the best way to learn. No other MBA program can equal our hands-on opportunities to start, advise, lead, and invest in real-world businesses.


Develop, launch, and scale your original new business idea.

Integrated Product Development (TO 548) 
Work with students from a variety of disciplines including business, engineering, art & design, and the School of Information to bring an original product idea to market, from concept to creation. 

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Introduction to Entrepreneurship (ES 515)

Financing Research Commercialization (FIN 629)

Integrated Product Development (TO 548)

Venture Capital Finance (FIN 623)

New Venture Creation (ES 615) 

Dare to Dream Grant
Move through the business creation process with hands-on seminars and apply for grants of $500-$5,000.

Zell Startup Lab
Pair up with entrepreneurs, evaluating and commercializing technology and ideas developed at U-M, and join a startup team.

Michigan Business Challenge
Enter this annual competition to win a share of $90,000 in prize money by pitching an original business plan with real-world commercial potential to guest judges.

TechArb Student Accelerator
Bring your idea to life through an intensive and structured entrepreneurial experience, including pairings with seasoned mentors.

Zell Entrepreneurs
Gain up to $10,000 in funding, intense mentorship, and resources to get your venture ready for launch when you graduate.

Marcel Gani self-hosted internships
Get funding to spend the summer executing your own business plans. Placement at startups and VC firms also available.

Desai Accelerator
For tech-enabled startups, the accelerator provides up to a $50,000 investment, mentorship, staff, and resources for early stage ventures to rapidly grow and build your business.

Entrepreneur & Venture Club
Attend events, networking opportunities, workshops, and get support to help you develop your business idea.

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Social Impact Challenge


Consult with real-world organizations on strategic issues, providing substantive analysis and recommendations.

MAP (BA 553)
Work as part of a student team, consulting with a corporate, entrepreneurial, or nonprofit organization to solve a pressing challenge in this signature core course. Projects take place in all types and sizes of companies, across the U.S. and abroad

Action Learning Projects in Operations, Procurement, and Supply Chain Management (TO 582)
Tackle a pressing issue for a company alongside AT Kearney.  Develop and present recommendations to executives, while receiving faculty guidance and attending guest lectures. 

Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid (BA 612) 
Design sustainable ventures that can help alleviate poverty. Identify opportunities and develop the strategies, business models, and partnerships required to explore those opportunities. 

Leading People & Organizations (MO 503)
Develop and present a solution to an organizational issue for a sponsoring organization.

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International Business Immersion (BA 685)

Business Leadership in Changing Times (MO 611)


Ross Open Road
Over the course of five weeks, drive from state to state meeting entrepreneurs, spending one week on site in each location working together on a solution to a business problem.

Community Consulting Club
Provide pro-bono consulting services to Ann Arbor nonprofits, focusing on marketing, strategy, operations or financial analysis.

Center for Social Impact
Gain professional knowledge and skills in nonprofit and cross-sector management advising nonprofits around the world during a paid summer advising project through the Impact Corps.

William Davidson Institute
Provide support to organizations in emerging-market countries facing issues of scaling impact, healthcare, education, performance measurement, or financial sector development through the Global Impact Internship Program.

Tauber Institute for Global Operations
Participate in opportunities including Tauber Community Service Day projects advising local nonprofits, and Tauber Facility Tours with rapid plant assessment advisory engagements. 

Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise
Generate and work on Erb Impact Projects with companies focusing on sustainability issues, and work on Erb Partnership Projects with companies seeking advice on sustainability issues.

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Detroit R&B: Detroit Impact Projects

Emerging Markets Club projects

DIAG projects

Design+Business Club

Business Analytics Club: Big Data-thon

Marketing Lab


Manage a student-run investment fund in all aspects of its operations. 

Wolverine Venture Fund (ES 701)
Gain hands-on experience in the entire process of venture investing, including sourcing applicants, initial analysis, due-diligence negotiation, and monitoring the portfolio.

Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund (ES 702)
Evaluate new technologies developed at U-M, perform due diligence, and pitch the inventor on the investment team's proposal.

Social Venture Fund (ES 703) 
Experience the entire process of social venture investing, from sourcing deals to portfolio monitoring, while focusing on ventures dedicated to improving society.

Maize and Blue Fund (FIN 725/6/8)
Act as a portfolio manager, following and analyzing particular sectors, then pitching stocks to your peers.

Real Estate Fund (FIN 702/3)
Learn to analyze real estate, cash flows, risks and rewards for a fund that invests directly in real-world projects.

You might also be interested in:

Financial Trading (FIN 640)

Private Equity Finance (FIN 624)

Venture Capital Finance (FIN 623)

Entrepreneurship via Acquisitions (ES 516)

Introduction to Microfinance (ES 644)

Zell Founders Fund
Invest in ventures from U-M students who are seeking funding to support a startup they hope to continue after graduation.

The Tozzi Electronic Business and Finance Center
Work in a state-of-the-art electronic trading floor and e-commerce lab with the latest technology for finance, accounting, strategy, and computing.

Erb Impact Projects
Partner with the Erb Institute to arrange financing for impact-oriented new small business startups.

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Investment Management Club

MBA Finance Club


Help operate an ongoing business unit with a corporate partner; lead your peers.

Living Business Leadership Experience (BA 656)
Help establish and ultimately lead a functional team in an actual, operational business unit, working directly with executives of a local, national, or global sponsoring company. 

Tauber Team Projects (TO 703)
Tackle a paid, operations-related assignment with graduate engineering students. Develop and lead the implementation of a project ranging from high-level strategic analysis to detailed work-flow issues.

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Governing Nonprofit Organizations (BA 601)

Center for Social Impact Board Fellows program
Serve as a board member of a regional nonprofit, gaining real-world insight into its workings and procedures while contributing to the organization’s success.

Club Leadership
Take a leadership role in a student club and learn organization, people skills, event management, budgeting, and more.

Student-Led Conferences
Learn what it takes to run a major event by helping to organize one of the major student-led conferences at Ross.

Master the theory of Positive Organizational Scholarship, and lead the application of positive practices in a sponsoring organization.

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Tauber Institute leadership opportunities - organizing the Tauber Global Operations conferenceTauber Topics in Leadership speaker series; or,Tauber Leadership Forum.