Michigan's public universities are leading the way in entrepreneurship programs, giving students opportunities to understand the challenges of moving an idea to reality by offering classes, chances to run companies, and access to some of the state's leading entrepreneurs. Each university has its own way of working with its students and its local -- or state or international -- business community. Michigan's public universities have developed ways to grow, nurture, and support entrepreneurship in our state. To learn more, contact your local university.



Central Michigan University

Erin O'Brien

Pesident & CEO

Central Michigan Research Corporation

989-774-2424

erin.obrien@cmich.edu

https://www.cmurc.com/


Kenneth Sanney

Department Chairperson

Entrepreneurship Department

College of Business Administration

989-774-4429

sanne1kj@cmich.edu

https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/cba/academic_programs/departments/ent/Pages/default.aspx


Eastern Michigan University

Sanjib Chowdhury, Faculty Director

466 Owen Bldg
734.487.3240
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
734-487-2331

schowdhur@emich.edu

www.emich.edu/cob/departments_centers/center_entrepreneurship.php


Ferris State University

Paul Blake

Interim Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

1201 S. State Street, CSS 310

Big Rapids, MI  49307

paulblake@ferris.edu 

www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/administration/academicaffairs/extendedinternational/index.htm


Grand Valley State University

J. Kevin McCurren

Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

1125 L William Seidman Center 

Allendale, MI 49401

616-331-7582 

mccurrke@gvsu.edu

www.gvsu.edu/cei


Lake Superior State University

Erick Becks

Director, LSSU Product Development Center

CAS 125 A

East Lansing, MI 48823

906-635-2738

ebecks@lssu.edu

http://www.lssu.edu/eng/pdc/ 


Michigan State University

Charles Haseman

Assistant Vice President for Innovation & Economic Development

325 E Grand River Ave.,  Ste. 375 

517-884-2367

haseman1@msu.edu

http://innovationcenter.msu.edu/


Michigan Technological University

Jim Baker

Executive Director, Innovation & Industry Engagement

210 ATDC

Houghton, MI 49931

906-487-3459

jrbaker@mtu.edu

http://www.mtu.edu/research/references/staff/iie/


Northern Michigan University

Robert Eslinger

Special Assistant to the President for Economic Development & Director of the Center for Innovation 

& Industrial Technologies

204 Jacobetti Complex

Marquette, MI 49855

906-227-1683

reslinge@nmu.edu 


Oakland University
Mark Simon
Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship
319 EH
Rochester, MI 48309
248-370-3295

Saginaw Valley State University

Harry Leaver

Director, Center for Business & Economic Development

142 Curtiss Hall

University Center, MI 48710

989-964-4047

hleaver@svsu.edu


Rema Yelkur
Dean, College of Education

Curtiss Hall 320

University Center, MI 48710
989-964-4064

yelkur@svsu.edu

http://www.svsu.edu/collegeofbusinessmanagement/entrepreneurshipinstitute/


University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Thomas Zurbuchen

Senior Counselor for Entrepreneurship Education

1221 Beal Avenue
1464 Lurie Engineering Center
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2102

thomasz@umich.edu

http://innovateblue.umich.edu/


University of Michigan-Dearborn

Timothy Davis

Director of iLabs

141 FCS

Dearborn, MI 48128

tadavis@umich.edu

http://umdearborn.edu/cob/ilabs/


University of Michigan-Flint

Jacob Blumner

Interim Director, Office of University Outreach

303 E. Kearsley Street

Flint, MI 48502

810-424-5468

blumner@umflint.edu

http://www.umflint.edu/outreach/innovation-incubator


Wayne State University

Joan Dunbar

Associate Vice President for Technology Commercialization

5057 Woodward Ave, Suite 6400

Detroit, MI 48202

313-577-5655

jcdunbar@med.wayne.edu

http://www.techtransfer.wayne.edu/


Western Michigan University

Lara Hobson

Director of Operations

1903 West Michigan Avenue

Kalamazoo, MI 49008

269-387-5802

lara.hobson@wmich.edu

http://wmich.edu/startinggate