Entrepreneurship was the foundation of every major business on the planet, and the entrepreneurial spirit continues to drive the economies of every country in the world.

With 30+ years collective experience and intimate knowledge in programming, training, mentoring, and coaching, ISMs Entrepreneurship team has helped would-be and fledgling entrepreneurs turn their ideas into successful businesses. Customized programs include:
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Program Development

Business accelerators, business incubators, academic institutions, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations come to ISM for start-to-finish entrepreneurial program consulting and training.


Publicly acclaimed entrepreneurial programs such as the Kaufmann Foundation’s FastTrac, and Operation Jumpstart can be held at your site for your staff, your clients, or the general public. ISMs staff hold all the appropriate certifications to facilitate these programs at your convenience.

Team Building & Coaching for Tech Transfer Groups

Companies in the technology transfer and commercialization arena face unique challenges in the start-up phase. Faris Alami, ISM President, is an I-CORPS trained mentor for Business Model Generation and the Lean Launch programs. He has worked with the University of Michigan for many years, guiding multiple student teams through the complicated feasibility and start-up steps for taking intellectual property to commercialization.

Private or Group Entrepreneur Mentoring & Coaching

Our entrepreneurial and professional credentials ensure we can provide personal, academic and research-grounded mentoring and coaching for our clients. Our specialty areas include:

  • displaced workers
  • professionals in transition
  • minorities
  • recent immigrants

Global Trade Mission – High School Entrepreneurship Experience

The overall intent of GTM is to create a pipeline of qualified young problem-solving professionals from which local companies can draw, to enhance Michigan’s overall global competitiveness. It also aims to stimulate a spirit of entrepreneurship as Michigan’s economy shifts to higher value-added technologies while ensuring that our economy remains at the forefront of innovation. Read more here.