The Business Engagement Center is industry’s front door to the University of Michigan.  

We design, build, and catalyze partnerships between companies and university faculty and students, to advance our shared research and education goals.

NEW REPORTS AVAILABLE:    2017 BEC Annual Report         2017 U-M Research Annual Report        2017 U-M Annual Report

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IMRA Kabuki Art

From lasers to kabuki art: IMRA America and U-M

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What does an iPhone have in common with nineteenth century Japanese theater? The block M, of course. For IMRA America, Inc., an ultrafast laser company founded in 1990, everything seems to circle back to the University of Michigan. In fact, IMRA America was founded in Ann Arbor, by executives from Japanese automotive-part manufacturer Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd., specifically because it was home to U-M.  With its rich history of automotive partnerships, cutting-edge early stage research, and successful start-ups, U-M was the perfect resource for Aisin to tap for their new venture, IMRA America, which was to focus on the development…

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Deloitte Foundation matching gifts develop future leaders

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Alumni support and corporate investment are both typically important to the financial and operational success of most of today’s universities. When they work in conjunction, fueled by a shared passion, the results can be transformative. That’s what happened when Deloitte, University of Michigan alumni, and the Deloitte Foundation collaborated with U-M in 2015 to fund leadership initiatives at the Ross Business School. Since that time, around 700 Deloitte alumni seem to have embraced this opportunity, giving over $537,000 in funds to U-M. The Deloitte Foundation – University of Michigan Leadership Collaboration Fund was created in an attempt to engage Deloitte…

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Energizing Company

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Finding ways to wrap your head around climate issues can be a challenge faced by researchers, non-profit organizations, policy makers, and corporations alike. Seven teams of students tried to distill some of these complexities by competing in the Energy + Contest through U-M’s Energy Institute.  The program garnered sponsorship interest from companies and organizations, thanks to generous contributions by DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, and the Anthropocene Institute. Dave Harwood, Director of Renewable Energy at DTE Energy and one of the contest judges said, “As Michigan’s largest producer of renewable energy, DTE Energy was proud to support and participate in the…

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