The Elliott Initiative, launched in 2010, is an inter-disciplinary initiative designed to promote academic quality within the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business. Each year a theme is selected to guide a set of teaching, research, and community service activities. The initiative regularly includes speaker panels and events, an interdisciplinary class, and grants for both academic research and community engagement projects. Edward W. Elliott, Jr. (’67 B.B.A.) has made the generous gift for this initiative in memory of his late wife Betty F. Elliott (also ’67, B.B.A.).
The Elliott Initiative theme for 2013-2014 is "Doing business in Detroit: Entrepreneurship and Commercialization." This is the second year of the two-year theme on entrepreneurship. Focusing on the steps of business development, this theme will address the strategy, research, and skills needed for the successful commercialization of a product or service. Planned elements include Design Thinking workshop in Fall 2013 which is open to students and community members; an entrepreneurship course in Winter 2014; a business plan pitch competition in April 2014 (open to UM-Dearborn students and alumni); and two grants related to business commercialization, one focused on entrepreneurial research and the other on entrepreneurial engagement activities.
Prior Elliott Initiatives are:
- Doing Business in Detroit: Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (2013-2014) URL
- Doing Business in Detroit: Urban entrepreneurship (2012-2013) URL
- Financial literacy (2011-2012) URL
- The business of sustainability (2010-2011) URL
Upcoming Event: Dr. Elsie Harper-Anderson, Virginia Commonwealth University
Date: Thursday, November 14
Time: 2:00 to 4:00PM
Location: Fairlane Center South (FCS) - Dining Room D
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Upcoming Event: Design Thinking Workshop
Date: Tuesday November 19
Time: 1:00 to 5:00PM
Location: Fairlane Center South (FCS) - Michigan Room East
An experiential workshop intended to give participants creative thinking and problem solving skills. The event is free, and is open to students, faculty, and community members. Seating is limited. To register, please email Prof. Joy Beatty at email@example.com
Please consider attending yourself, and pass this information along to students. Program flyer
This event is sponsored by the Elliott Initiative for Academic Excellence. Our theme this year focuses on entrepreneurship, commercialization, and doing business in Detroit.