Stewart Thornhill

Executive Director

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Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

Stewart Thornhill is the Eugene Applebaum Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and Executive Director of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. His teaching includes the full span of undergraduate and graduate programs at Ross, as well as executive education. He is also faculty director of the Zell Founders Fund.

Thornhill's background includes global experience, having held the Karel Steur chair in entrepreneurship at the Universidad de San Andreas, Buenos Aires and various professorial roles at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris in France and the Ivey School of Business at both the Hong Kong and Canadian campuses. Research interests include strategic execution, leadership, competitive strategy, innovation and corporate entrepreneurship. His work has appeared in several top management journals and he has published more than 20 teaching cases. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Business Venturing and the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.

Recent executive education engagements span a wide range of global industries including automotive, aerospace, health care, the public sector, and financial services. Professor Thornhill is faculty director of Quantum Shift – an annual program for CEO entrepreneurs of high-growth companies.

Professor Thornhill received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia and also holds a B.Sc. (Eng.) in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA with a concentration in Finance. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, he worked as a manufacturing engineering and a radio journalist. He is a helicopter pilot and avid motorcycle enthusiast.

Sessions

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October 11, 2023
University Startups: Taking advantage of all the entrepreneur resources on UMich campus

There is a reason that the University of Michigan produces the most startup founders of any institution across the globe (#7 for undergraduate founders and #16 for graduate alumni founders) - dedicate startup resources, mentors, accelerators and capital opportunities on campus! Learn how to access all that UMich has to offer to work on your startup with leaders from each of the innovation centers across the campus sharing more about how to work with them.

Sessions

Catch this year's 70+ speakers at MTW 2023 from October 9-12.

Where’s the event?
MTW 2023 will take place at the University of Michigan football stadium - Big House! - on Oct 9-10 and at Venue 4M on Oct 11-12. Doors open at 8:00 am and the event programming experience will run from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (EST.) 

Food & Drinks will be provided!

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Breakfast October 9
8:00:00 AM - 9:00:00 AM
Speakers:
October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Sharon Matusik

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Peter Walker

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Kathryn Snorrason, David Woessner, Sasi Prabhakaran PhD, Rahul Gayam, Rasmus Bendvold

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Carla Walker-Miller, Lisa Lunsford, Maria Thompson

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Charles Hudson

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Jenn Onwenu & Tim Lewis

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Lara Pender, Alison Accavitti, Edi Demaj, Kevin Heras

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Priya Gogoi, Chase Lee, Ben Chehebar, Matthew Burns, Adrian Fortino

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Lunch October 10
12:30:00 PM - 1:30:00 PM
Speakers:
October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

James Meeks

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:
October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Priya Gogoi, Margarita Hernandez, Kalyan Handique, Roger Newton, Len Middleton, David Bloom

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Lisa Katz, Sarah Gretter PhD, Maragarita Hernandez PhD, Tom Steward, Joe Thiel

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Chris Yeh

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
FIELD TOUR (Optional)
4:00:00 PM - 5:00:00 PM
Speakers:
October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Breakfast October 10
8:00:00 AM - 9:00:00 AM
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Hilary Doe, Mayor Christopher Taylor & Mayor Mike Duggan

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Corporate Networking Suite
10:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Stacy Brown-Philpot, Greg Schwartz

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
VC Networking Suite (Morning)
11:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Lunch & Networking October 10
11:40:00 AM - 12:30:00 PM
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Devon Townsend & Mike Vichich

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Johnnie Turnage & Hill Harper

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
VC Networking Suite (Afternoon)
2:30:00 PM - 4:30:00 PM
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Justin Turk, Chelsea Plant, Kurt Baumgarten

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
FIELD TOUR (optional)
4:00:00 PM - 5:00:00 PM
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:
October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Wednesday October 11 Lunch
11:30:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM
Speakers:
October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Austin Yarger, Vanessa Lane, Natalie Fang, Ben Kvalo, Fred Schmidt

October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Terrance J.L. Reeves, Ashton Keys, Shalanda Armstrong

October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Fireside Chat with Dhani Jones
2:15:00 PM - 3:00:00 PM
Speakers:

Dhani Jones & Ted Velie

October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Kelly Sexton, Jeni Olney, Kristen Wolff, Stewart Thornhill, Kurt Skifstad

October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Michigan Entrepreneuer Summit
4:00:00 PM - 5:15:00 PM
Speakers:

Ryan Morrison, Michael Meadows, Melanie de Vries, Jonn Behrman, Ian Washington

October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
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October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Breakfast October 12
8:00:00 AM - 9:00:00 AM
Speakers:
October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:
October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Mobility EXPO
9:00:00 AM - 5:00:00 PM
Speakers:
October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Meagan Ward

October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Nia Batts & Sophia Bush

October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Ryan Landau, Chening Duker, Deirdre Roberson, Terra Osman

October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Lindsey Kilbride, Will Fung, Alison Todak, Jim Tenzillo, Chris Thomas, Joe Kaiser

October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
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MTW 2023 Now On Sale

Body: Tickets are on sale now until October 8. Tickets will be available at the gate.

Student Ticket
$99
Purchase Ticket
General Ticket
$199
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Want to attend Michigan Tech Week but concerned about the price tag?

Good news! Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are pleased to offer a limited number of scholarship tickets for individuals to attend MTW 2023. If you would like to request a scholarship ticket, please complete this form and our selection team will contact you if you are eligible for a scholarship ticket.

If you’re interested, tell us about yourself by submitting a scholarship application by 10/4!