UM’s Ross School of Business, Zell Lurie Institute Named Top Graduate Program in Entrepreneurship: The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business was named the No. 1 graduate entrepreneurship program in the nation, in recognition of the programs, courses, and engagement offered through the school’s Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazines recognized Ross in the joint ranking of its top 25 graduate entrepreneurship programs, which surveyed more than 2,000 schools. This marks the fourth consecutive year Ross has appeared among the top five, advancing from second place in 2012 to the top spot for the first time. The University of Michigan has been a driving force in the advancement of entrepreneurial education since 1927, when it offered the nation’s first course in entrepreneurship at what is now the Ross School of Business. The launch of various entrepreneurial programs followed and in 1999, UM was among the first to launch a full program dedicated to entrepreneurial education with the creation of the Zell Lurie Institute. This was made possible with a $10 million gift from American businessman Sam Zell and philanthropist Ann Lurie, the wife of Zell’s late business partner, Robert H. Lurie. The program and curriculum includes the Wolverine Venture Fund, which was the first student-led venture fund of its kind in the country and is now complemented by the Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund and the Social Venture Fund. Together these ‘evergreen,’ student-run funds have $6.5 million under management and deliver returns that are comparable to the top quartile of professionally managed funds. Since its inception, Zell Lurie has provided scholarships, grants, competition awards and internship funding totaling more than $3 million to help advance new venture development and the entrepreneurial skill set of more than 5,000 students. In 2012, UM Ross launched a new Master of Entrepreneurship degree program, offered jointly with the College of Engineering. The degree leverages the strengths of both schools to teach students how to build successful, new business concepts around advanced technologies. Ross’ entrepreneurship education programs are strengthened through collaborations and partnerships across the university. The partnership with the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering launched TechArb, a student accelerator that is jointly managed by the Zell Lurie Institute. In addition, the Zell Entrepreneurship & Law program and Medical Innovation Center host programs in which the Institute’s graduate students participate. Visit http://www.bus.umich.edu to learn more about Ross, Zell Lurie and the Master of Entrepreneurship degree.
Biggs-Gilmore Wins 24 WebAwards: The Kalamazoo-baesd digital ad agency Biggs-Gilmore nabbed 24 WebAwards in the annual competition sponsored by the Web Marketing Association. In this year’s competition Biggs-Gilmore won five “Outstanding Website” awards and 19 “Standard of Excellence” awards. Tying for second-most awarded agency this year, Biggs-Gilmore has been among the most-awarded agencies in the competition for the past 10 years. More than 1,500 entries from 40 countries were judged in 96 industry categories during this year’s competition. Entries were judged on design, copy writing, innovation, content, interactivity, navigation and use of technology. This year, Biggs|Gilmore won Outstanding Website awards for Pop-Tarts, Scott Brand, Frosted Flakes, Kellogg’s Family Rewards and Froot Loops. In addition, the agency took home 19 Standard of Excellence awards, recognizing work for Pringles, MyHeinz.com, Heinz Soups, Heinz Ketchup, Krave (two awards), Rice Krispies (three awards), MorningStar Farms (two awards), Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops (three awards), Kellogg’s Family Rewards, Kalamazoo Literacy Council, Scott Brand and Kimberly-Clark.