Young Talent Attraction

Lauren Sheridan


Position: Commercialization Program Coordinator, Center for Entrepreneurship
Institution: University of Michigan
Alma Mater: Indiana University
Previous Location: Chicago
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan


“I moved back to Michigan because I feel very passionate about this state and I want to help grow its economy.”

Lauren grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and attended Ann Arbor Public Schools. She left Michigan after high school, completed her undergraduate studies at Indiana University and developed her career in the entrepreneurial/technology space in Chicago. She recently returned home to Michigan because she wanted to live the lifestyle she appreciated growing up. Ann Arbor and U-M provided Lauren the opportunity to further her career and continue to work in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. She loves her job and is part of the innovative support structure that makes U-M, Ann Arbor and Michigan competitive in the entrepreneurial space.


“Seeing how the economy has grown over the last few years, it’s a world of a difference since I left. So many people I knew from high school who left Michigan after college are starting to move back.”

Sheridan is the Program Manager for the I-Corps program within the College of Engineering, aimed at engaging faculty interested in turning technology into commercial opportunities and training partners at other institutions to do the same. “There is so much potential in the research and technological advances coming out of the University of Michigan and we have the resources and knowledge in commercialization education to make an impact in training these researchers to move their technology out of the lab and into the marketplace.”