Real estate developer and Haute 100 lister Stephen Ross has, yet, another accolade to celebrate. The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan has been named top graduate program in entrepreneurship for the sixth consecutive year. Announced Tuesday, Nov. 10th, The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business was recognized by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 4 institutes in the U.S.
“As interest in entrepreneurship grows at a rapid pace, we at Michigan Ross are here to help students learn and determine if entrepreneurship is the right choice for them,” said Alison Davis-Blake, dean of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. “The Zell Lurie Institute provides a number of world-class courses, programs, internships, and competitions that are a critical part of that process. Our focus on action-based learning, and the opportunity to manage real funds, develop real projects and interact with mentors who are successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists themselves is what sets Ross apart.”
Since the institute’s inception in 1999, Zell Lurie Institute has played a major role in the University’s thriving entrepreneurship environment. The institute offers a plethora of ongoing development of robust programming, comprehensive coursework, experiential learning and professional mentoring at Michigan Ross. It supports the launch of student-led business ventures through cross-campus collaboration with the College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Thus far, the institute has awarded approximately $4.4 million in funding and encouraging more than 5,500 students through its entrepreneurial program portfolio.
“What sets us apart year after year is our commitment to pushing the boundaries of entrepreneurship education and delivering the action-based learning experiences that prepare our students for career success, whether they are launching a start-up venture, driving innovation in an established company or pursuing a pathway in the venture-investment industry,” said Stewart Thornhill, executive director of the Zell Lurie Institute.
The Ross School of Business has been widely recognized as one of the world’s leading business schools. Earlier this year, the Ross School of Business received a bankroll of $60 million from business magnate Sam Zell to his namesake institute.
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