Stakeholder Sponsors

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Our attorneys represent a multitude of high growth companies across a broad range of industries in every stage of development. We have participated in hundreds of millions of dollars in venture fund transactions on behalf of our emerging growth clients.

TechTown Detroit

TechTown is Detroit’s business innovation hub. As the city’s most established business accelerator and incubator, we provide a powerful connection to a broad network of resources, catalyzing entire communities of entrepreneurs best poised to energize the local economy. As Detroit reinvents itself, so TechTown works to reinvent Detroit.

TechTown is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is located within the Woodward Technology Corridor SmartZone. Its programs serve entrepreneurs in the technology, retail and wholesale sectors.

UM Office of Technology Transfer

U-M Technology Transfer is the University of Michigan organization responsible for the transfer of University technology to the marketplace. Our organization provides responsive, professional service to our inventors and industry partners.

UM Zell Lurie Institute

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 future entrepreneurs at the University of Michigan.

The Institute's innovative real-world approach and the Business School's traditional management excellence encourages and nurtures students in preparing for entrepreneurial careers to succeed, autonomously or in a corporate setting, as leaders for new venture creation and growth. Under the guidance of Professor Thomas Kinnear, the Institute provides access to capital, competitions, and other means of significant support and resources for students to take the knowledge learned in the classroom, build a business plan, and actually launch a business while earning their degree. In addition, the Institute works with other acclaimed University research units, such as the Medical Center and College of Engineering, to introduce students to new venture opportunities and to accelerate the commercialization process for University of Michigan ideas and technologies.

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