University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is a top-ranked public university, with a strong tradition of excellence in research, learning and teaching, sports and the arts, and more. Founded in 1817, It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 29,821, its setting is city, and the campus size is 3,207 acres.

The University of Michigan’s Business school, Michigan Ross, helps build a better world through business — developing leaders with a deep sense of purpose and ideas that generate positive change.

TechArb Student Venture Accelerator

The University of Michigan TechArb Student Venture Accelerator is a joint initiative of The Center for Entrepreneurship and the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (ZLI). This out-of-the-classroom program empowers student ventures to bring their ideas to life through an intensive and structured entrepreneurial experience. Teams involved in TechArb are highly motivated to build and launch their own company, and strategically leverage resources and mentorship from CFE and ZLI to reach their goals.

Like other great accelerators around the country, TechArb offers valuable perks to early-stage student ventures such as pairings with seasoned mentors, educational workshops, events, and access to resources such as free legal counsel and design clinics. Teams are required to attend weekly “standup” meetings and work through entrepreneurial challenges together.

Students can apply to join a TechArb cohort if they are designing a new technology, have an idea for a product or service, or have identified a market need ready to be explored for business creation.

Canopy

CEO: ANN DUONG (MHI '18), ELISABETH MICHEL (MPH '17), AND BRANDON KEELEAN (MDES '18)

Canopy is a a web application to assist families with end-of-life decisions . With Canopy, you can help give your loved ones the knowledge and support they will need when your time is short.
It was founded by Ann Duong (MHI ’18), Elisabeth Michel (MPH ’17) and Brandon Keelean (MDes ’18) who placed second in the Seigle Impact Track, receiving $7,500, as well as second in the elevator pitch competition, receiving an additional $250.

Hivelend

CEO: NICK ZAJCIW

Deemed the “Uber” for bees, Hivelend is a new online service platform that connects farmers with local beekeepers to reshape the traditional negotiation and business models within the pollination industry. Hivelend has become a one-stop shop for farmers who need crops pollinated and beekeepers to contact local farmers. Whereas traditionally beekeepers and farmers were limited to either attending beekeeper clubs, making endless phone calls, or paying for costly pollination brokers to make their businesses run, now, they can connect online through Hivelend’s streamlined process.

PreDXion

CEO: MCHUGH AND CAROLINE LANDAU (MBA '16)

PreDXion fills a critical unmet need in acute care: currently, doctors using CAR T-cell therapy for high-risk cancer patients are unable to quickly and accurately monitor their patients’ immune response, increasing their risk of death. PreDXion’s groundbreaking technology, called MicroKine, solves this problem in 30 minutes from a single drop of blood and enables precision medicine in the intensive care unit for the first time. In addition to the Pryor-Hale award for best business for $25,000, PreDXion took home the Williamson Award for $5,000 for the most outstanding business and engineering team.