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The Entrepreneurship Advising Team works with students throughout their entrepreneurial education including course exploration, co-curricular and professional opportunities. Advisors also process major decorations and minor releases.



How to Declare

In order to declare your minor, you must first have a declared major, be in good academic standing, and have at least sophomore standing. 

If you meet those criteria, you must have an appointment with one of Entrepreneurship Minor staff advisors. We strongly recommend meeting with one of our peer advisors prior to that meeting. You can schedule an Entrepreneurship Academic Advising Appointment here

Peer Advisors

Students interested in the Entrepreneurship Minor should meet with an Entrepreneurship Minor Peer Advisor to discuss minor requirements and gain valuable student perspectives and advice.  Students can schedule advising appointments with Peer Advisors during the Fall and Winter terms.


Payal Parida



Payal Parida


Payal is a junior majoring in dance and minoring in entrepreneurship. Her interests lie in the performing arts, but also in business. She would like to combine her passion for both by pursuing a career in professional dance while also being the entrepreneur of her own dance company. Her favorite classes so far include SI 360, ENG 125, ENTR 490 and DANCE 211. While Payal isn’t at the dance studio, you’ll find her hanging out with her friends, watching Bollywood movies and cooking!  



Ellie Fichtelberg



Ellie Fichtelberg


Ellie is a senior majoring in business with minors in entrepreneurship and the environment. She is interested in using what she has learned in both her major and her minors to pursue a career in sales, marketing, or strategy. This summer, Ellie was able to begin that journey as an intern at Anheuser Busch where she lived and worked in Chicago for the summer. At Michigan she is a member of Propel, a positive business club, as well as works as a course assistant for a variety of classes within the business school. Her favorite classes she has taken for the minor so far are the practicum courses - Environ 391 and SI 360 because they provided her an opportunity to take her learnings and bring them into the real world. Aside from school she loves to travel, ski, and picked up cooking as a recent quarantine hobby.  

Lucy Rapp



Lucy Rapp


Lucy is a senior double majoring in economics and art history with a minor in entrepreneurship. She is interested in retail and technology and hopes to utilize what she has learned at Michigan to pursue a career in product development or strategy. She was exposed to entrepreneurship when she developed her own app with peers she met through BLI. Her favorite classes in the minor so far are PSYCH/ALA 223 and SI 360. Outside of school she enjoys volleyball, traveling, concerts, and all things Michigan!


Lily Nazarian



Lily Nazarian


Lily Nazarian is an Armenian-American born in Ann Arbor, MI and raised as an expat in Russia, China, and Korea for almost a decade. She has repatriated to the US to pursue a Major in Psychology and double minor in Entrepreneurship and Law, Justice & Social Change (LJSC). Through her involvement with the Entrepreneurship minor she has created The Ann Arbor Green Guide and joined the core team of a student startup Maximize where she hosted a networking event of over 100 attendees and has been able to pursue her interests in market research and consumer behavior. In her time at the University of Michigan Lily has also served as the Marketing Chair for the Hall and Multicultural council for two on-campus residences, been a team member of the fundraising and event planning committee for the Armenian Students Cultural Association, and is entering her second year on Student Life Vice President Martino Harmon’s student advisory board. Over the summer she has also worked at the Office of University Development’s Marketing and Communications team, and will continue as a rising senior to conduct competitive benchmarking and analysis at OUD’s Digital team. After graduating, she hopes to follow a career path focused on applying her major and minors through networking, marketing, and communications - ideally as an Entrepreneur. Aside from academics Lily enjoys traveling, trying new foods, reading, and swimming!

Staff Advisors

In order to declare the minor students must meet with a staff advisor for the Entrepreneurship Minor. Furthermore, students can discuss petitioning, course mapping and/or longer term professional aspirations associated with the Entrepreneurship Minor. Advising is available year round. Please schedule an advising appointment here.

Timothy Webb, PhD:  Entrepreneurship Minor Director

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Tim graduated from the University of Michigan with an Honors BA in History and Classical Archaeology before completing his PhD in Roman Archaeology from the University of Bradford. Professionally, Tim ran international archaeological field schools in Pompeii, Italy; Taught undergraduates in Italy, England, California and Michigan; worked in finance for HSBC Bank; and advised in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at U-M prior to directing the minor.

Outside of work, Tim loves hiking, baking, and spending time with his daughters. He is also a huge soccer fan and loves watching Liverpool F.C.


Lisa Darnell-Ferrara, Entrepreneurship Academic Advisor and Ross BBA Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Lisa Darnell-Ferrara

Lisa is passionate about helping students realize their goals and potential through co-creating an enriching university experience. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with minors in Communication Arts and Psychology from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. She also holds Master’s of Business Administration and Master’s of Science of Organizational Behavior degrees. Lisa joined University of Michigan after nine years at Benedictine, where she worked within the Offices of Financial Aid and Undergraduate Transfer Enrollment.

Lisa enjoys yoga, martial arts, kayaking, hiking, reading, listening to NPR, and watching science fiction movies and TV shows.

Rob Bobowski, M.Ed: Entrepreneurship Academic Advisor and Curriculum Support Coordinator for the Ross School of Business

Rob Bobowski

Rob graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BA in Parks and Recreation Administration and completed his M.Ed at Georgia State University.  Rob has been a park manager and K-12 health and physical education teacher prior to working at the University of Michigan. Currently, Rob supports not only EM, but also the Cappo Sales Track, Carson Scholars, and the Ross Integrative Semester.

Outside of work, Rob loves playing with his two kids, two dogs, and amazing wife.  He is also a big UT sports and Atlanta Hustle (Ultimate) fan.  Rob enjoys books and campfires too.



Petition a course to count toward the Entrepreneurship Minor

Students may submit a petition to request that a class be counted toward the Entrepreneurship Minor requirements. In order to submit, students will be asked to provide a syllabus and an explanation as to how the course meets the criteria for the appropriate category: elective category or practicum category

Please note that for any practicum petition, the class must be completed prior to a decision being made by the Entrepreneurship Minor program. 

How to obtain your graduation audit or senior release

Prior to graduation, students must obtain an audit from all their programs of study as well as apply to graduate through Wolverine Access. We recommend getting your minor release the term prior to your expected graduation. To obtain a release, please email It can take up to 2 weeks for the program to process your minor request.