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.


Michigan Ross Seminar: Leading Diverse Teams and Organizations

June 16, 11:00 AM EST
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is top of mind for companies around the world right now. In this session, you will gain evidence-based knowledge and practical tools to improve your personal and organizational DEI toolkits, including learning ways to combat bias, creative inclusive work cultures, and update work processes for equity. The content of this session is a preview of the new online program “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Teams and Organizations” offered by Michigan Ross Executive Education.

Bootcamp on Introductory Data Science

July 26-30
Using biomedical case studies, U-M faculty will provide hands-on experience in the application of the latest data science techniques, including machine and deep learning. These techniques will enable attendees to discover hidden trends and relationships in their organization’s data; analyze or predict therapeutic, biological, and clinical outcomes; and to scale these analyses to large, complex data sets.

Participants will have opportunities to learn, network, and collaborate with U-M biomedical faculty throughout the week-long bootcamp.

Workplace Mental Health Conference

August 18, 1-6 PM
The COVID-19 pandemic put mental health issues front and center and created an unexpected opportunity for employers to better support their employees. The 2nd Annual Workplace Mental Health Conference will bring together key stakeholders to discuss strategies to improve employee mental health.

Topics will include transforming company culture, innovations in workplace mental health, case studies, and special presentations on millennials and compassion in the workplace. 


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.

Success Stories

Arts support in a pandemic