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Frankel Commercialization Fund

The Frankel Commercialization Fund was the predecessor of the Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund.

Started in the 2005-2006 academic year by Prof. Thomas (Tom) S. Porter at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, the fund enjoyed an endowment by Mr. Stanley Frankel, and was named in his honor. In 2013, the fund was brought in as an integral part of the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and its name was changed accordingly to reflect its current benefactors.

Transitioning smoothly, the renamed fund operates similarly, and maintains all ownership rights and monitoring responsibilities in its portfolio companies. Frankel Fellows serving at the time of the name change became Zell Lurie Fellows, and the majority of the advisors board remained intact.

Please feel free to browse the Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund website and learn more about us!