I started teaching courses in the University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship in the Fall of 2012. At that time, there was no course offering that focused on using the power of entrepreneurship and technology to improve the quality of life in urban areas. In 2015, I devised and started teaching the Urban Entrepreneurship course to fill this void. The course has evolved since that time, but the basic idea is the same: to give students a working understanding of what it takes to create a sustainable, for-profit, scalable business that addresses an important urban community need. Since approximately 2006, more that half the world’s population lives in an urban community, and that percentage continues to grow. It is important, then, that we produce a cadre of innovators who are capable of creating or working in businesses that produce positive impact for such communities.
The Urban Entrepreneurship course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Student who are enrolled in the Program in Entrepreneurship (PiE) can fulfill their practicum requirement by completing this course.