Entrepreneurship summer program

Learn about business, entrepreneurship and innovation in the Mike Ilitch School of Business while studying in the automotive capital of the world

July 20-August 9, 2019


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The Mike Ilitch School of Business Summer Entrepreneurship Program is a unique four-week business experience for international undergraduate students attending WSU's partner universities.

Participants will develop their entrepreneurial mindset and explore Detroit's entrepreneurial ecosystem while experiencing American culture and expanding conversational English language skills.

Students will take part in day and weekend field trips that are both fun and educational, while enjoying ample opportunities for exploration and recreation.

The program includes project-based, hands-on courses in

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Value Propositions and Design Thinking
  • Mapping Innovation
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Education beyond the classroom

Students will visit community-based business centers that provide training and coaching, networking, loans and other resources to entrepreneurs and small-business owners, and incubators/accelerators such as

  • Wayne State's Office of Technology Commercialization, which is responsible for protecting, marketing and licensing intellectual property (patents, unique biological or other materials and certain copyrights) developed by WSU faculty, staff and students
  • Techtown Detroit, an affiliate of WSU that helps businesses develop, launch and grow through one-on-one support, workshops and events, and connections to an extensive service provider network

Cross-cultural experiences

Visits to nearby educational venues such as the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village, the Detroit Institute of Arts and Detroit Historical Museum will immerse students in American culture and history. There will even be time to learn about America's national pastime during a Detroit Tigers baseball game!

Students can take advantage of our world-class recreation and fitness center, play on campus sand volleyball courts, and rent bicycles to explore nearby neighborhoods. 

About the Mike Ilitch School of Business

Established in 1946, the business school was renamed the Mike Ilitch School of Business in 2015 in recognition of a $40 million gift from business leaders Mike and Marian Ilitch.

  • New state-of-the-art building opening in the heart of the District Detroit in 2018
  • Academic programs in accounting, finance, information systems, management, global supply chain management and marketing are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Recognized for high quality by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report
  • Expanding entrepreneurial programming and collaborative efforts with emerging and long-established Detroit businesses
  • More than 34,000 business alumni around the world developing innovative entrepreneurial ventures, managing multinational corporations and making a difference in nonprofit and government agencies

Program cost: $5,100* includes

  • Academic program
  • University housing in a shared suite
  • Laundry and linens
  • Fitness center access
  • Three daily on-campus meals
  • Heath insurance
  • SEVIS fee
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Field trips and weekend exploration trips

*Not included: airfare, J-1 visa document processing fee, off-campus meals, souvenirs or personal spending money

Register now!

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