Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Real World Experiences that Enhance Your Business Degree

Established in fall of 2015, by Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman, the Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is the heart of entrepreneurship within the School of Management and on the University of Michigan-Flint campus. The center offers students opportunities to enrich their education with experiences that take them beyond the classroom.  The center activities will facilitate entrepreneurial and innovative skills to help graduates thrive and be successful.

The Beginning

The Hagerman Foundation presented the School of Management with a $2 million gift to establish the Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. This gift, the largest to date for the School of Management, is being used to support student scholarships, a summer program for high school students, faculty teaching, research efforts, award money for the annual business plan competition, as well as partial funding for the student Entrepreneurs Society. The gift also inspired a new major offered by the School of Management: Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management.

Mission

The goal of the Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is to increase the University of Michigan-Flint community members’, including potential student enrollees, awareness of, and interest in, entrepreneurship and innovation. This will primarily be accomplished through entrepreneurial workshops, networking, programs, and events.

Within the above framework, the Hagerman Center will emphasize the following:

  • Serving Flint
  • UM-Flint student participation in center activities, including assisting in the management of the center
  • Partnerships with others in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including key stakeholders such as UM-Flint organizations, UM-Flint faculty and alumni, and the business community
  • Connecting potential entrepreneurs and practicing entrepreneurs with the most-appropriate resources
  • Applying best practices in organizational management

The Hagermans

Phil Hagerman is president of The Hagerman Foundation, and co-owner of SkyPoint Ventures. He served as chief executive officer for Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy. He began, alongside his father, Dale Hagerman at Diplomat. Phil Hagerman always wanted to work with his father and believes he is blessed by being able to do so. His motivation in life comes from wanting to make a difference. “If you have passion and belief, you can make a lot of things happen and move a lot of mountains,” he said. 

Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman made a $2 million donation to UM-Flint’s School of Management on Friday, January 16, 2015.


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