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Retool, revive: U-M helps defense manufacturers pivot

By Greta Guest, U-M News Service Original posting: https://news.umich.edu/retool-revive-u-m-helps-defense-manufacturers-pivot/ ANN ARBOR—As defense contractors throughout the Midwest lost work because of federal budget cuts, many were at a loss about what to do next, including Sean Hilbert, CEO of Cobra Aero, a rural manufacturer in Hillsdale, Michigan. Hilbert, whose main business is making youth

Engineering and Business are not Mutually Exclusive

Blog post by Alexander Samra, Center for Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurs Leadership Program Interning at the University of Michigan Economic Growth Institute, First Customer Program My name is Alexander Samra, AERO ‘21 and aspiring entrepreneur. My experience at the Economic Growth Institute’s First Customer Program has helped me define what I want out of my career.

Ditch the startup. Intern at a growth institute.

Blog post by ELP Student Hayley Vassallo (Business Administration | Class of 2021) Interning at the University of Michigan Economic Growth Institute Instead of working directly for a startup, I am helping the Economic Growth Institute decide which startups to invest in. A typical day consists of early stage startups coming in to pitch

U-M funding helps precision dentistry startup GreenMark Biomedical make its mark

Cavities are the great unifier. According to a comprehensive study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 90% of adults in the U.S. have or have had a cavity, while 1 in 4 has untreated cavities. What if there was a way to simultaneously identify and treat cavities before they fully form? Dr. Steven Bloembergen,

U-M study explores lab-to-market successes at research universities

Universities and federal laboratories are the cornerstones of American innovation, developing new products that address important societal issues and drive economic growth. The University of Michigan, with support from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, studied public research universities across North America to identify best practices for bringing new

Institute launches “Re-imagining companies” class in collaboration with Center for Entrepreneurship

Former research associate Nour Arafat discusses her experience in product development with class. The Economic Growth Institute launched its first course this semester teaching students the fundamentals of how to evaluate a company and strategize its growth opportunities.  Titled “Re-imagining companies”, the course is offered in partnership with the Center for Entrepreneurship.  During the semester,

Aditi Deshpande

Aditi Deshpande Assistant in Research During her time at EGI, Aditi Deshpande was an undergraduate student studying cell & molecular biology and computer science. She joined the Economic Growth Institute’s FCP project in the Fall of 2018. She was also a fellow of the Entrepreneurs Leadership Program and a member

Scott Phillips

Scott Phillips Senior Project Manager Scott joined the Great Lakes TAAC in April 2018. He is a veteran of product innovation, business development, marketing strategy and entrepreneurship. He has experience across many industries and has held leadership positions with Whirlpool Corporation, Fortune Brands and Burger King Corporation. Scott has

Paul Crossley

Paul Crossley Senior Project Manager Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center Prior to joining GLTAAC in April 2018, Paul operated his own manufacturing and supply chain consulting business. He has worked as a consultant for QP Group on supply chain and procurement projects. Paul also worked at the adult

Samuel Ungerleider

Samuel Ungerleider Marketing and Media Assistant Sam Ungerleider is a dual-degree sophomore studying business and political science. On campus, he is involved in the Nexecon Consulting Group and is pursuing an honors thesis in political science.  At the Economic Growth Institute, he is working to improve the organization's marketing efforts