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.


Diversity and Inclusion: Bonuses, Margins and Systems

June 24, 2020   Virtual Event, 8 AM

This session will address how effective diversity and inclusion policies must be core missions of organizations and requires moving the entire system to address disparities in wealth, health, education, and safety.

Automotive Research Center Annual Program Review

May 14-15, 2020   Virtual Event

The annual event brings together members of the automotive research community from across academia, government and industry to share our latest research developments. It is an opportunity to discuss Army-relevant efforts, and to leverage and transfer these efforts to industry.


U-M Student Awarded Ford Alan Mulally Scholarship

University of Michigan student Alex Thayer is one of ten national recipients of the annual Alan Mullaly Scholarship. Named after former the Ford Motor Company CEO, the scholarship is funded by the Ford Motor Company and the Ford Motor Company Fund in his honor. Thayer...

Amazon makes corporate gift to U-M philanthropic venture fund

Amazon makes corporate gift to U-M philanthropic venture fund

June 23, 2020 Contact: Jeff Karoub Amazon is contributing $200,000 to the Accelerate Blue Fund, a University of Michigan philanthropic venture fund—representing the first corporate gift received by the fund that aims to help develop and commercialize...

U-M industry partners are helping lead the way through crisis

U-M industry partners are helping lead the way through crisis

By Stella Wixom, Senior Executive Director Our team at the University of Michigan Business Engagement Center was founded over 12 years ago to create a centralized place for companies to access the university. We work tirelessly to match priorities of individual...

Success Stories

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