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wvf  February 24, 2014: University of Michigan's Zell Lurie Institute Awards Over $113,000 to Student Startups in 31st Annual Business Plan Competition and Dare to Dream Grant Program
   
wvf  January 29, 2014: Zell Lurie Institute Names Semi Finalists in Annual Michigan Business Challenge; Eight Teams Advance in Rigorous Multi-Stage Competition
   
wvf January 14, 2014: University of Michigan's Zell Lurie Institute Launches Reverse Innovation Course to Bring New Mobility Solutions to Markete
   
wvf  December 12, 2013: University of Michigan's Zell Lurie Institute Names First Round Winners in Annual Michigan Business Challenge
   
wvf  October 15, 2013: University of Michigan's Zell Lurie Institute Awards $26,000 in Start Up Grants to Student Entrepreneurs
   
wvf  September 9, 2013: University of Michigan's Annual Entrepalooza Symposium to Host Adam Lilling of LaunchPad LA and Explore Accelerating Entrepreneurs’ Growth
   
wvf  July 23, 2013: University of Michigan's Ross School of Business Appoints Stewart Thornhill as Executive Director of the Zell Lurie Institute to Usher in Next Era of Entrepreneurial Education
   
wvf  July 18, 2013: University of Michigan's Wolverine Venture Fund Participates in $7 Million Series B Investment in ArborMetrix
   
wvf  May 1, 2013: New Infographic Demonstrates the Momentum Making Michigan a Hotbed for Venture Capital Investment
   
wvf  April 14, 2013: University of Michigan Student-led Social Venture Fund Invests in Mytonomy
   
wvf  April 11, 2013: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Unveils Program Details and Speakers for 2013 Event
   
wvf  March 19, 2013: Technology and Top-Tier Investors to Transform 2013 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium
   
wvf  February 25, 2013: University of Michigan's Zell Lurie Institute Awards $112,000 to Promising Student Startups in 30th Annual Business Plan Competition and Dare to Dream Grant Program
   
wvf  February 21, 2013: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Presenting Companies Surpass $1 Billion in Total Capital Raised since 2001
   
wvf  January 17, 2013: Plans Unveiled for 2013 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium
   
wvf  January 16, 2013: University of Michigan's Frankel Fund Leads $600,000 Series A Investment in Fusion Coolant
   
wvf  January 14, 2013: University of Michigan's Frankel Fund Leads Portfolio Company to Acquisition
   
wvf  October 1, 2012: Zell Lurie Institute to Host Annual Private Equity Conference
   
wvf  September 24, 2012: University of Michigan's Zell Lurie Institute Named One of Top Two Graduate Programs in Entrepreneurship
   
wvf  July 9, 2012: University of Michigan's Student-led Social Venture Fund Makes Second Investment this Year
   
wvf  April 12, 2012: University of Michigan's Student-led Social Venture Fund Makes First-of-its-Kind Investment in LearnZillion
   
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March 15, 2012: Panel Topics Announced for Annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium

   
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February 20, 2012:  University of Michigan’s 29th Annual Business Plan Competition and Dare to Dream Grant Program sponsored by the Zell Lurie Institute at the Ross School of Business Award Nearly $90,000 to Promising Student Startups

   
wvf February 14, 2012: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Names First of 40 Presenting Companies
   
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January 26, 2012: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Opens Application for Presenting Companies

   
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January 24, 2012: University of Michigan's Ross School of Business Names Semi-Finalists in Annual Michigan Business Challenge

   
wvf January 12, 2012: University of Michigan's Ross School of Business to Launch Venture Shaping Program through its Zell Lurie Institute
   
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December 13, 2011: University of Michigan's Ross School of Business Partners with Michigan State University's Broad College of Business to Launch Michigan Entrepreneurship Education Leaders Forum

   
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November 9, 2011: University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Institute Seeks Promising Ventures for Annual Michigan Business Challenge

   
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October 25, 2011: University of Michigan's Zell Lurie Institute to Host Annual Private Equity Conference

   
wvf October 14, 2011: University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Institute Awards $34,500 in Grants and Business Accelerator Space for Student Entrepreneurs
   
wvf September 20, 2011: University of Michigan's Zell Lurie Institute Lauded as Top 5 Entrepreneurship Program by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine
   
wvf September 6, 2011: Groupon Co-Founder and University of Michigan Alumnus Brad Keywell to Keynote Entrepalooza 2011
   
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July 25, 2011: University of Michigan Frankel Commercialization Fund Invests in Are You a Human, Developer of the Next Generation of Online Human Verification to Replace the CAPTCHA

   
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April 25, 2011: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium paves the way for business startups and university spinouts in the state and midwest

   
wvf April 19, 2011: Two University of Michigan Student Startups Take Home $216,000 in Total at World's Largest Business Plan Competition
   
wvf April 19, 2011: Eminent Technology and Clean Energy Investors to Headline 30th Anniversary Michigan Growth Capital Symposium
   
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April 12, 2011: With Support of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, In-State Investment Activity Is Burgeoning, According to Michigan Venture Capital Association Report

   
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April 4, 2011: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Creates Investment and Growth Opportunities for Startups Across Midwest

   
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March 29, 2011: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Plays a Critical Role in Fostering Growth for University-Based Start-ups

   
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March 9, 2011: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Reveals Programming and Final Call for Presenting Companies for 30th Annual Event

   
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February 22, 2011: Zell Lurie Institute Awards $106,300 to University of Michigan Students through the Michigan Business Challenge and Dare to Dream Startup Grant Program

   
wvf February 15, 2011: Anticipation Builds for Michigan Growth Capital Symposium amidst Growing Venture Financing Activity in Midwest
   
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February 8, 2011: Medical Device, Renewable Energy, and Web Services Venture Named Among Semi-Finalists in Zell Lurie Institute's Annual Michigan Business Challenge

   
wvf January 18, 2011: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Opens Application Process for Promising Midwest Companies
   
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December 16, 2010: Plans Unveiled for 30th Anniversary of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium

   
wvf December 1, 2010: University of Michigan's Zell Lurie Institute Explores Emerging Trends in Clean Technology 
   
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November 9, 2010: University of Michigan Frankel Fund Portfolio Company, Ambiq Micro, Closes $2.4 Million in Seed Funding

   
wvf October 12, 2010: University of Michigan's Zell Lurie Institute Awards $40,000 in Grants and Accelerator Office Space for Student Entrepreneurs to Advance Business Ventures
   
wvf September 22, 2010: University of Michigan Lauded as #3 Graduate Program for Entrepreneurship by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine
   
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September 21, 2010: University of Michigan Launches Social Venture Fund to Place Impact Investing at the Forefront of Entrepreneurial Education

   
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September 1, 2010: University of Michigan Frankel Fund Invests in Ambiq Micro, Developers of What May Be the World's Most Energy-Efficient Microcontroller

   
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August 25, 2010: Zell Lurie Institute Alumni Establish Resonant Venture Partners to Invest in Technology Start-ups in Michigan

   
wvf July 7, 2010: University of Michigan Frankel Fund Signs Term Sheet to Provide Seed Financing to Tech-based start-up Ambiq Micro
   
wvf July 1, 2010: University of Michigan Tech-based start-up Ambiq Micro wins Global Business Plan Competition
   
wvf June 11, 2010: University of Michigan Wolverine Venture Fund Invests in Intelligent Clearing Network
 
wvf June 3, 2010: University of Michigan Wolverine Venture Fund Invests in Delphinus Medical Technologies
 
wvf May 4, 2010: 29th Annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Attracts Over 65 Midwestern and Coastal Investment Community Leaders
 
wvf April 13, 2010: 29th Annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium to Highlight Innovation in Clean Tech, Life Science and Technology Industries
 
wvf March 9, 2010: Leading Technology and Health Care IT Investors to Headline Annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium
 
wvf February 25, 2010: University of Michigan Zell Lurie Institute Awards $98,500 to Michigan Business Competition Winners and Dare to Dream Startup Grant Recipients
 
wvf February 23, 2010: University of Michigan Wolverine Venture Fund Celebrates Fourth Portfolio Company Exit
 
wvf February 10, 2010: Upcoming 29th Annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium to Showcase the Best New Businesses and Emerging Technologies for National Investors
 
wvf January 14, 2010: Application Process and Sponsorship Opportunities Open for 29th Annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium
 
2009
wvf December 15, 2009: Plans Unveiled for 2010 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium - Continuing to Foster Innovation and Investment, Midwest’s Premier Equity Event to be Held May 11-12, 2010
   
wvf November 20, 2009: University of Michigan Wolverine Venture Fund Achieves Record $2 Million Return on HandyLab Acquisition
 
November 2, 2009: University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie and Erb Institutes to Co-Host Cleantech Conference to Spotlight Investment Trends in Wind, Solar and Energy Storage
 
October 23, 2009: University of Michigan Wolverine Venture Fund Continues Track Record of Industry Firsts - HandyLab, a Long-time Portfolio Company of Country’s First Student-Led Venture Fund, Under Agreement to be acquired by Leading Global Medical Technology Company
 
October 19, 2009: University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Institute Awards Student Entrepreneurs More than $50,000 in Grants - 2009 Dare to Dream Recipients Include Business Concepts in Aviation, Clean Technology, Life Sciences and Consumer Services Industries
 
October 12, 2009: University of Michigan Wolverine Venture Fund Invests in Direct Flow Medical - Participation in Series C Round of Financing Follows Original Investment from 2005
 
September 17, 2009: University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Institute to Host Annual Private Equity Conference - Event to Feature Leaders from Global Private Equity Firms to Discuss Current Trends and Market Dynamics Impacting the Investment Landscape
 
September 14, 2009: University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Institute Celebrates 10 Years as Leading Innovators in Entrepreneurial Education - Ross School of Business Marks Success Creating a “Living Laboratory” for Students to Experience the Stages of Venture Creation and Financing
 
September 8, 2009: University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Institute Unveils Lineup for Annual Entrepreneurial Symposium - Entrepalooza 2009 to Feature Keynote Presentations and Panel Discussions that Reflect a New Time for Entrepreneurship
 
June 17, 2009: Ross School's Frankel Fund Announces New Investment - Student-run venture capital fund to provide seed money and strategic input to Accio Energy
 
April 28, 2009: 28th Annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium to Draw Heavyweight Investors and Record Number of Early Stage Companies - State Incentives Coupled with Research-Rich University Environment Create the “Perfect Storm” for Venture Investment and Innovation in the Midwest
 
April 14, 2009: 28th Annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium to Highlight Innovation in Clean Tech, Life Science and Technology Industries - Preview of Select Presenting Companies Announced for Midwest’s Premier Equity Event; Keynote Speakers Unveiled
 
March 24, 2009: University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Institute Welcomes Recognized Clean Technology Expert Dr. Peter Adriaens as Professor of Entrepreneurship - Adriaens Tapped to Cultivate Student Entrepreneurial Skills in the Clean Technology Arena
 
March 24, 2009: University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Institute Breaks New Ground with Clean Tech Venture Course - MBAs and Engineering Students Provide Business Assessment and Recommendations to Leading U.S. Clean Tech Startups
 
March 10, 2009: 28TH Annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium to Feature Cross-Border Venture Investment Opportunities with Canada - Unveils Collaboration with Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association to Bring Panel Discussions and Presenting Companies to Midwest’s Premier Equity Event
 
March 5, 2009: University of Michigan Wolverine Venture Fund Invests in Arbor Photonics - Participation in Series A Round of Financing Follows Original Seed Investment from University’s Frankel Commercialization Fund in 2007
 
February 17, 2009: University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Institute Awards $60,000 to Michigan Business Challenge Winners and Dare to Dream Startup Grant Recipients - “Not Your Average MBA Exercise” Helps Students Hone Skills and Business Ideas
 
January 26, 2009: University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Institute Welcomes Erik Gordon as Associate Director - Gordon will Hone Students’ Entrepreneurial Skill Set While Collaborating with External Business Leaders to Elevate “Real World” Experiences for Students
 
January 21, 2009: Application Process and Sponsorship Opportunities Open for 28TH Annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium - Midwest Companies Vie for 30 Open Slots at Midwest’s Premier Equity Event in May 2009
 
2008
December 17, 2008: Plans Unveiled for 2009 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium - Continuing to Foster Innovation and Investment, Midwest’s Premier Equity Event to be Held May 12-13, 2009
 
November 11, 2008: University of Michigan Zell Lurie Institute Catapults Students to Success - Expanded Programs in 2008 Maximize Educational Impact on Developing Entrepreneurial Skill Set within Each Student to Create and Finance New Ventures
 
October 13, 2008: University of Michigan’s Pioneering Student-Led Venture Capital Fund Celebrates Ten Years of Investment and Innovation - First and Only of its Kind, the Wolverine Venture Fund Continues to Make Strategic Investments and Provide Students with a Unique Action-Based Learning Opportunity
 
September 11, 2008: University of Michigan Zell Lurie Institute Unveils Lineup for Annual Entrepreneurial Symposium - Entrepalooza 2008 to Connect Aspiring Entrepreneurs with Business Luminaries Roger Newton and Sam Wyly
 
July 30, 2008: Ross School's Frankel Fund Announces New Investment - Student-run venture capital fund to provide seed money and strategic guidance to Surgimatix
 
June 2, 2008: U-M's Frankel Fund announces new investment
 
May 5, 2008: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium to Highlight the Lifecycle of Investment Trends in Emerging Growth Industries - Alan G. Walton of Oxford Bioscience Partners and Kenneth R. Pelowski of Pinnacle Ventures to Keynote Midwest’s Premier Equity Event
 
April 21, 2008: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium to Spotlight Business Growth Opportunities in Energy, Life Science, Technologyand Services Industries - Preview of Select Presenting Companies Announced for Midwest’s Premier Equity Event; Keynote Speaker Unveiled
 
March 24, 2008: Zell Lurie Institute Survey Underscores the Importance of Entrepreneurial Mindset Among 2008 MBA Job Candidates - HR Executives and Recruiters Search for “Intrapreneurial” Individuals to Augment Innovation within the Corporation
 
March 19, 2008: Momentum Mounts for 2008 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium - Sponsor Lineup Unveiled and Presenting Company Evaluation Process Begins for Midwest’s Premier Equity Event
 
March 4, 2008: Zell Lurie Institute Coaches University of Michigan Business Plan Teams to Success - Clean-Tech Start-Ups Secure All of the Top Spots in CU-Boulder Business Plan Competition
 
February 25, 2008: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Continues to Enlist Presenting Companies for Annual Event - Premier Private Equity Event Provides a Platform for Rising Star Start-Ups to Network with Leading Venture Capital and Private Equity Investors and Event Sponsors
 
February 21, 2008: University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Institute Awards $85,000 to Michigan Business Challenge Winners and Dare to Dream Grant Program Recipients - Awards Highlight Collaboration across University Departments Spurring Business Ideas in Bio Tech, Clean Tech, Medical Devices and Web 2.0 Services
 
January 22, 2008: University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business MBA team is Winner of Knox Lawrence International’s (KLI) First Africa MBA Business Plan Competition -  NY-based Private Equity Firm KLI will award Ross team with $10,000 prize
 
v January 22, 2008: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Accepting Applications for Companies to Present - 30 Companies to be Selected and Profiled at Midwest’s Premier Equity Event in May 2008
 
   
 
 
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