1. Four Impact Track Teams Advance to the Finals of the Michigan Business Challenge

    January 23, 2017

    January 23, 2017 – Ann Arbor – The Center for Social Impact wants to thank all the teams and judges involved in Round Two of this year’s Michigan Business Challenge – Impact Track! The competition has been very successful thus far, and the ten teams from Round Two of the Impact Track had impressive presentations. The Impact Track had a panel of three judges – Anika Goss-Foster of Detroit Future City, Cat Johnson of The Empowerment Plan, and Aaron Seybert of the Kresge Foundation.  In addition to the 4 Impact Track teams moving on, 8 other teams will compete in the main track.

    Kladder presents its social platform for diverse professionals during Round Two of the Michigan Business Challenge – Impact Track.

    The Impact Track finals will take place on February 17, 2017 from 12:30 – 3 pm at the Ross School of Business.  The following teams will participate there (Click on each name to find a summary of key information on them):

    AIM Tech – Stephen John (MD ’19)
    AIM Tech has a desire to improve health care options for underserved groups on a global scale through the development of safe, user-friendly, low power, and affordable equipment.

    Find Your Ditto – Parisa Soraya (MHI’17)
    Find Your Ditto is a mobile application that connects individuals living with chronic illness locally to on-demand, in-person support.

    Parisa Soraya of Find Your Ditto presents her idea for generating peer support for those suffering with chronic illness.

    Kladder LLC – Jaymon Ballew (JD/MBA ’18)
    Kladder is an online and mobile application that connects diverse professionals and offers unique industry insights based upon the experiences of these individuals.

    Sage & Grace – Holly Price (MBA ’17)
    Sage & Grace is a website and concierge service that educates and empowers grieving families to better, and more affordably, navigate the complications and stress of the American funeral planning process.

    The Michigan Business Challenge is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition where the winning team has the opportunity to win  $26,000, gain feedback from judges and expand their business network.  The competition is open to all students of the University of Michigan, and multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. The at-large Michigan Business Challenge is sponsored by the Zell Lurie Institute, and the Impact Track is co-sponsored by Zell Lurie, the Center for Social Impact, and the Erb Institute.