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Lawrence Tech survey aims to boost entrepreneurship and innovation in Michigan

Release Date: April 27, 2010

Southfield, Michigan – Lawrence Technological University has launched the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Needs Assessment Survey sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce through a grant from the Economic Development Administration.

The survey will help assess the availability of – and gaps in – resources needed by entrepreneurs, small business owners, venture capitalists, corporate R&D departments, displaced workers, and business support organizations to spur innovation, entrepreneurship and new business creation in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region.

Lawrence Tech is partnering with several organizations to reach more than 25,000 people statewide with the survey. People interested in or involved with innovation and entrepreneurship across Michigan are encouraged to access and take the survey at

Once the survey data is collected and analyzed, Lawrence Tech researchers will conduct in-depth interviews with selected survey respondents, hold focus group meetings and have meetings with key stakeholders to help determine recommendations and action items.

These recommendations will be documented in a final report to the U.S. Department of Commerce, and will be used to help chart improvements in developing a collaborative focus for innovation and entrepreneurship in Michigan.

The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce also provided financial support for the survey.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.