Extraordinary Alumni - Michigan Impact

Antonio Lück


Company: Endeavor Detroit (Part of the global non-profit Endeavor headquartered in New York City)
Impact Activity: Transforms markets by supporting high-impact entrepreneurs
Hometown: Curitiba, Brazil
Attended: Wayne State University
Degree: MBA, 2007
Company website: www.endeavordetroit.org 


“I believe the greatest gift of studying abroad is the ability to view the world in a new way, which enhances your open-mindedness and enables you to be more self-aware.”

Antonio Lück had completed degrees in civil engineering and law and was serving as an advisor to the president of Tuiuti University of Paraná in Brazil when he met Irvin D. Reid, then president of Wayne State University. Reid offered Lück an opportunity to come to WSU as part of a student exchange program, which he gladly accepted. He has remained here and continues to make an impact in Detroit and throughout Michigan.

Lück arrived in Detroit in 2006 and received his M.B.A. from WSU in 2007. During his studies, he received the Adams Entrepreneurial Fellowship and had the opportunity to work with Delphi Technologies. Delphi eventually hired him as a business development manager and, in 2009, he joined the Michigan Economic Development Corp., where he oversaw statewide investments in early-stage technology companies. Most recently, he was named managing director of Endeavor Detroit, which is focused on supporting the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Detroit and Michigan.

“Endeavor Global — whose mission is to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring and accelerating high-impact entrepreneurs around the world — selected Detroit as its second U.S. affiliate because of the opportunities for entrepreneurial growth in the region, including the close proximity to the University Research Corridor’s three world-class research universities,” Lück said.

Lück said he continues to witness the Detroit region “overcoming obstacles and preparing to flourish for years to come.”

He wasn’t the first Brazilian student to call WSU home. In fact, Lück is one of many. In the fall of 2014, 276 Brazilian students began studying at Wayne State as part of a Brazilian government program that sends college students to study STEM fields in the United States. The group at WSU is the largest group of the program’s participants at any university in the country.


“I was very fortunate to be a part of the program started by Dr. Reid.”

According to Lück, “Through the program, WSU affords the opportunity for Brazilian students to broaden not only their own horizons, but also for other students to interact and experience the Brazilian culture. This exchange results in a tremendous and lasting impact.”

Photo Note: Pictured in Detroit with Lück (center) are Antonio’s wife Amy Peterson (left), and mother Maria Lück (right).