“Altogether these six interrelated foundational skills create an impactful, holistic approach to entrepreneurship education at Michigan and provide our students with a solid platform for entrepreneurial success,” Faley says. “The Institute and other entrepreneurial centers on campus are teaching students how to launch multiple businesses rather than simply guiding them through the formation of a single business. This ‘learn-do, learn-do’ repetition is ultimately what differentiates our programmatic approach from others in the higher-education field.”
Lauren Miller, MBA ’11, Senior Product Marketing Manager, AOL
“I’m an entrepreneur with a conscience,” says Lauren Miller, MBA ’11. “My experience in India planted the seed of what business could do to address social inequities.” In 2005, Miller worked as a Google marketing manager in Hyderabad, India, for eight months. During that time, she launched a volunteer outreach program that engaged local Google employees with poor children in an orphanage. Four years later, Miller enrolled in the Ross School of Business to round out her skill set and “make a go of marrying business and social issues.” The University of Michigan, she says, offered her a good balance between the two pursuits. “The William Davidson Institute allowed me to explore my interest in economic development, and the Zell Lurie Institute provided a venue for learning about entrepreneurship and venture capital,” Miller explains. She joined the Ross School’s new Social Venture Fund as a Fellow in 2010 and worked with the team to define the investment criteria, build the fund, develop professional partnerships, and source investment opportunities. After graduation, Miller accepted a position with AOL as a senior product marketing manager in the company’s new applications and commerce group. “Ultimately, I’d like to get back to pursing my interest in using the power of business for good,” Miller says.