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 FY20

Corporate visits hosted by our office in FY20

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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


U-M School of Information Spring Student Project Exposition

April 16, 2021 

Students will share posters, presentations, and videos of course and co-curricular projects, internships, and research. The event provides an opportunity to learn more about our students’ work, ways to get involved in course projects, and prospective hires for your company. 

Positive Business Conference

May 13-14, 2021

The virtual conference will recognize, celebrate, and learn from experts and each other on how to create more mindful employees, deeper organizational engagement, and awareness surrounding the positive role of business within our global community.


Funding Opportunities in Research: Genentech Fellows at UROP

Funding Opportunities in Research: Genentech Fellows at UROP

  Undergraduate students have a unique opportunity to pursue research through the University of Michigan’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). Over the past 30 years, UROP has served as a national model of access, diversity, and equity in...

Success Stories

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