DNEP Classes

Apply skills learned in the classroom to challenges facing real-work clients and, in the process, contribute to economic and community development in Detroit’s neighborhoods.

DNEP matches U-M faculty and students with small businesses for professional services based on business needs and interests. Engagements are typically a semester or year-long and organized through a U-M course, clinic, or student organization.

Classes collaborating with the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project span several U-M schools including the Ross School of Business, Law School, Stamps School of Art & Design, Ford School of Public Policy, and the College of Engineering. Each course gives students real-world experiences collaborating with small business clients and provides entrepreneurs with free assistance—whether that’s a marketing campaign, legal help, a new logo, or something else.

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Biz + Law + Design 

Some interdisciplinary classes provide comprehensive assistance, where U-M students gain valuable experience collaborating with students and faculty from schools besides their own. The Ross School of Business, University of Michigan Law School, and the Stamps School of Art & Design come together in a way that reflects partnerships found in the working world.

Students come away with an appreciation that problems are not just housed in their discipline—they need their counterparts across the university.

Michael Gordon, professor, Ross School of Business |