Venture Accelerator

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U-M Tech Transfer’s Venture Center is the one-stop hub for entrepreneurs and venture firms looking for U-M start-up opportunities. The Venture Center offers talent, funding and other venture creation resources, including lab and office space in the Michigan Venture Accelerator at NCRC.

The Michigan Venture Accelerator is a business incubator focusing exclusively on commercializing University of Michigan research and intellectual property. Accelerator tenants will have access to Tech Transfer's Venture Center to help them refine business models, attract investors, acquire gap funding and connect to talent that enhances the company's quality and sustainability. Accelerator tenants can also seek guidance from seasoned entrepreneurs in Tech Transfer's Mentors in Residence program.

U-M launched its Venture Accelerator, part of U-M Tech Transfer, at the NCRC in January 2011. Occupying 18,000 square feet, the Accelerator focuses on enhancing the quality and speed of developing high-potential new ventures based on U-M technology. Accelerator tenants have access to Tech Transfer's Venture Center to help them refine business models, attract investors, acquire gap funding and connect to talent who enhance the company's quality and sustainability. Accelerator tenants can also seek guidance from seasoned entrepreneurs in Tech Transfer's Mentors in Residence program.

Selected U-M startups sign flexible one-year leases for access to world-class laboratory and office space, along with a suite of business services from the Venture Center.  Funding for the project is provided by U-M Tech Transfer, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Provost and the U-M Health System.

Venture Accelerator companies are a mix of life sciences, clean-tech, software and other technology ventures from the portfolio of emerging U-M start-ups from the Venture Center. U-M Start-Ups Portfolio.

Service / Location

U-M Tech Transfer serves the entire Ann Arbor campus, U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint. Its main office is on the NCRC campus with satellite offices on North Campus and Central Campus.

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