Partnership. Innovation. Impact.

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

How we work with companies

Our team works closely with corporate partners to identify win-win partnerships and collaborative opportunities that advance the mission of both organizations.

How we work with faculty & staff

Our team provides resources, counsel and connections for faculty and staff that facilitate industry partnerships and research funding.

“The Business Engagement Center model is widely recognized as defining the leading edge of integrated corporate relations practice.”

Ed Krause

Ford Motor Company


Increase in corporate research awards at U-M over the past decade

$ Million in corporate investment in FY19

Corporate visits hosted by our office in FY19

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Connecting corporate diversity initiatives with those of the University of Michigan is a strategic priority at the BEC.


New events to come in 2021!


Safety and member connections are priority for UM Autonomy

Safety and member connections are priority for UM Autonomy

The competitive student teams at the College of Engineering’s Wilson Student Team Center are doing what the rest of us are doing: adapting to the challenges brought about by the pandemic. For these students who design, build and compete every year in addition to their...

A Ripple Award Winner Who’s Making Waves

A Ripple Award Winner Who’s Making Waves

By Dimitra James Nisreen Bahrainwala is not your average undergraduate student. As a freshman at the University of Michigan, she co-established the Midwest Blockchain Consortium and co-founded Vivica, a blockchain company focused on solving the opioid crisis in...

Success Stories

Read about the impact of industry and university connections in our case studies, white papers, faculty features, and corporate engagement articles.