What's The Diff?

The things Quicken Loans team members care about and want to share with the world

Helping Young Entrepreneurs Learn About Biz

Helping Young Entrepreneurs Learn About Biz At our recent all-company meeting Dan Gilbert, the chairman of Quicken Loans, officially announced his plans to help revive the economy in Detroit by building Bizdom U, an educational program for young entrepreneurs.

It’s the passion and determination of people like Dan that have the potential to make a real difference in a community that has been down on its luck for so many years.  He realizes that the only way to revitalize the economy in Detroit is for people to believe in and invest in the city.  Dan is going to help make this happen by committing about $10 million of his own money to Bizdom U.  The program is basically a boot camp for young  entrepreneurs who want to base their business in Detroit.

The full-time, year-round, two-year Bizdom U program will provide students with practical business knowledge, culminating with the development of a business plan for each student.  Dan’s Bizdom U program will even help fund the students’ businesses, investing between $25,000 and $500,000 over time, based on milestones and business performance.  Did I mention this entire program is completely free to admitted students?

Bizdom U will be headquartered in Detroit’s Cultural Center at a state-of-the-art training facility, including free housing, meals and high-tech business tools like laptops and Blackberries.  “I’ve always hoped that I — we — could do something that we could fund ourselves, something different, based on the philosophies we have about how wealth is created,” Gilbert told the Detroit Free Press.

Dan is challenging the status quo when it comes to picking out the traditional, successful business type.  He believes the most promising business leaders of the future are not necessarily high-achieving, college-bound high school students.  Instead, Bizdom U students will have street smarts and a high school diploma, but otherwise may not necessarily be a good fit for a 4-year college degree. “We love PhDs,” Gilbert told the Free Press, “but a specific kind of PhD—poor, hungry and driven!”

Dan hopes teachers from the real business world will make the difference for his Bizdom U students.  He hopes to bring in instructors ranging from NBA commissioner David Stern, to mortgage brokers, sports agents and professional athletes who own their own entrepreneurial businesses.

Bizdom U will launch in January 2007 with an inaugural class of ten to twenty students, ages 18 to 22. 

Post Metadata

Social Bookmarking

AddThis Button


  1. This is a great idea. I remember thinking this from the minute that the Bizdom U idea was announced to our company in a meeting. I really look forward to seeing how we can affect this area and what may come of this program. It’s brilliant!

    Posted by: Linda Baker | November 13, 2006
  2. Talk about serendipity! I happened upon information about Bizdom U while doing an online job search and have been spreading the word every since. It planted a seed of hope in my heart for Detroit’s comeback and the many people who are out there making a DIFF ;-) and not giving up despite the bad press the city is receiving.

    Posted by: Delphia | November 27, 2007
  3. Wondering…how is Bizdom U doing in Detroit? What kind of impact has it had?

    Posted by: Bob Quicken | June 25, 2008
  4. Can’t state enough how important the entrepreneurial spirit is.
    Curious if anyone has caught this book yet? “The Richest Man in Town” by W Randall Jones. I’ve read half of it so far and let me tell you it is well worth it. Would like to hear what everyone else thought of it?

    Posted by: nowwhat@aol.com | August 1, 2009

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Secondary Navigation:

Promotional Information:

Partner Links:
Site Feeds:
Today's Date:
Sunday, March 18, 2018