Advising

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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.

 

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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.

Hayden (Schedule an Appointment here)

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Hayden is a Junior majoring in Communication and Media with a minor in Entrepreneurship and also on the Cappo Sales Track. She has various career paths that she would love to explore post-grad including marketing, advertising, working for a start-up, and sales. Her favorite class so far has been PSYCH/ALA 223 where she got to work with her friends on a semester-long entrepreneurship project. Her team created an NFT-based scavenger hunt that included local Michigan businesses. On campus Hayden is involved in Michigan Innovative Marketing Club, Sigma Eta Pi (Entrepreneurship Fraternity), and Alpha Delta Pi. Beyond school, she has a YouTube channel where she posts college content and has an Etsy store with university digital prints.

 

Rishika (Schedule an appointment here)

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Rishika is a Junior from Bay Area, CA studying at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business with minors in Entrepreneurship and WGS. She is also part of the Cappo Sales Track! She got her start in Entrepreneurship by founding two of her own ventures in high school and it drew her to the world of business. She hopes to use her entrepreneurial mindset and creativity to compliment her interest in brand strategy and product development. Her favorite class so far has been ENTR 390 through the Entrepreneurship Leadership Program (ELP). During ELP, Rishika got to work with a team of grad students to build a real company with specialized mentorship and coursework. On campus, Rishika is part of Capital Consulting Group, BBA Marketing Club, and is also a Resident Assistant, Course Assistant, and BBA Ambassador at the Ross Undergraduate Admissions Office. Beyond school, she is a social media content creator and avid photographer!

 

Velyn (Schedule an appointment here)

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Velyn is a South East Asian born and raised in Malaysia until having to further her studies in the United States. Coming from across the world, Velyn is a senior double majoring in Computer Science and Cognitive Science with a minor in entrepreneurship. She is very interested in utilizing skills acquired from her majors and minor to pursue a career in web development, UI/UX, and graphic design. Her favorite class so far is TO448/ARTDES416 (Integrated Product Development) because the class gave her the opportunity to meet and team up with highly motivated and creative peers coming from different schools to work on a very successful project. Velyn's team won the Sarah S. Murphy award for the IPD Trade Show in Winter 2023. Ask her questions about the class! Aside from school, you are able to catch Velyn in practice with the Michigan Women Ultimate Frisbee team, organizing events for Tau Epsilon Kappa, or hanging out with the Malaysian Students Association!

 

Jonathan (Schedule an appointment here)

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Jonathan is a junior from Miami, FL pursuing a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in entrepreneurship, with plans to further his academic journey through a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Jonathan's ultimate goal is to launch his own medical device company, dedicated to crafting life-saving products that improve the quality of life for patients. His favorite class so far has been ALA 223, Entrepreneurial Creativity, where he had the opportunity to collaborate with a team and bring a business concept to life, and getting invited to the Big Show! Ask him questions about the class! Aside from school, you will see Jonathan organizing events for Beta Mu Epsilon, enjoying sports with his friends, and spending time with his dogs.

 

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

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

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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.

 

Caitlin Diefenbach: Entrepreneurship Academic Advisor and Ross Curriculum Support Coordinator

Caitlin Diefenbach

Caitlin graduated from Bowling Green State University with a dual BS degree in Mild-Moderate and Moderate-Intensive Special Education. She also holds an M.Ed. degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Liberty University. Prior to her time at the Ross School of Business, Caitlin was a special education teacher for 5 years and worked with a wide range of diverse learners. Through this experience, Caitlin has developed a passion for supporting students, while advocating for their individual learning needs. She believes that each student is unique, and her approach centers around prioritizing their individual goals and aspirations.

Outside of work, Caitlin enjoys playing basketball, golfing, traveling to new places, and spending time on the lake in the summer. She loves watching college basketball, going to Michigan football games, and is a huge Grey’s Anatomy fan.

 

Kellie White: Entrepreneurship Academic Advisor & Ross Curriculum Support Coordinator

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Kellie graduated from Western Michigan University with a major in Secondary Education and Social Studies, with a minor in History. She also holds an MA in History from Fitchburg State University. Prior to working at Ross, she taught history for 7 years across the US. Kellie’s passion about education and student experiences allows her an empathetic approach in her role.

Beyond working, Kellie enjoys hiking the national parks, is a huge Michigan football fan, enjoys a good horror novel, and loves going to rock concerts.

 

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 entrepreneurshipminor@umich.edu. It can take up to 2 weeks for the program to process your minor request.