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  • The Value of Accounting to Detroit and Local Entrepreneurs

    The Value of Accounting to Detroit and Local Entrepreneurs

    by Aaron Ngo, Michigan Ross BBA ’20 Most people that know me well know that my parents were entrepreneurs. They owned a small Chinese restaurant near our home in the suburbs of Philly. Not coders hacking away on an app in the garage or MBAs pitching to a VC firm, …
  • Twelve MBAs prepare to Hit the Open Road

    Twelve MBAs prepare to Hit the Open Road

    Meet the Teams that Will Head out on Ross Open Road Three teams of four MBAs each are preparing to embark on road trips across America in May 2018. They’re part of Ross Open Road, an action-based social entrepreneurship program developed by Ross students. Each team will spend the month …
  • April 2018 Newsletter

    April 2018 Newsletter

    Note from the Center As April arrives, we look back on the successes of the past academic year at Business Impact. In August, we launched the Impact Portal, which provides a guide to all the impact activities across campus. In our programs, we had a record number of students participate …
  • Two Fall ’18 Courses Examine Microfinance

    Two Fall ’18 Courses Examine Microfinance

    Michael Gordon, a Michigan Ross professor and faculty director of Business Impact, will teach an MBA and BBA course on Microfinance this Fall ’18 semester. The MBA course, Entrepreneurial Studies: Microfinance (ES 644) is about doing good with money via microfinance, impact investing, and social finance. The BBA course, Entrepreneurial …
  • Two Fall ’18 Courses Examine the Base of the Pyramid and Poverty Alleviation

    Two Fall ’18 Courses Examine the Base of the Pyramid and Poverty Alleviation

    Ted London, PhD, a Michigan Ross professor and expert on enterprise strategies for low income markets, will teach an MBA and BBA course on his Base of the Pyramid Promise this Fall ’18 semester. The MBA course, Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid (BA612) explores how business can …
  • The Bottom-Up Media Revolution: How Social Entrepreneurs are Building Trust Between Communities and the Media

    The Bottom-Up Media Revolution: How Social Entrepreneurs are Building Trust Between Communities and the Media

    Laxmi Parthasarathy and Michael Gordon April 12, 2018 Ashoka has partnered with Business Impact to understand the new media landscape being forged by social entrepreneurs. These individuals work closely with their communities to address problems ranging from malicious actors sowing disinformation or hijacking media for nefarious purposes, to a lack …
  • Center for Social Impact brings opportunities for community engagement, social entrepreneurship & more

    Center for Social Impact brings opportunities for community engagement, social entrepreneurship & more

    April 5, 2018 – ANN ARBOR – Nitya Gupta of Michigan News posted an article on the Engaged Michigan newsfeed that discusses corporate social responsibility, social challenges, and the place of Business Impact in developing leaders that will make a positive change in society. This article includes discussions about our …
  • March 2018 Newsletter

    March 2018 Newsletter

    Calling all Impact Interns! Apply by Fri, Apr. 13 Business Impact’s Summer Fund awards competitive grants to Ross and Ford masters students and BBA juniors. Students completing internships in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors may apply if the organization has a clearly defined social mission. Internships must be at least 10 …
  • Reflections from Spring Break: Service Corps Houston Service Trip

    Reflections from Spring Break: Service Corps Houston Service Trip

    This spring break, ten Ross MBA students trekked to Houston, Texas to participate in hurricane relief efforts with All Hands and Hearts, an international disaster response organization. Although much of the city of Houston has emerged from Hurricane Harvey since August—in which 40,000 people were displaced, 83 were killed, and …
  • 2017-18 Board Fellows Gain Insight, Experience

    2017-18 Board Fellows Gain Insight, Experience

    Overview The 2018 Board Fellowship Program was one of our biggest and most competitive programs all year. Students from Ross, Ford, School of Social Work, Public Health, and other programs developed project management and executive skills as board members of nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan. In addition to attending all …
  • February 2018 Newsletter

    February 2018 Newsletter

    Undergraduate Team Upstart Wins U of M’s 2018 Social Impact Challenge On Tues, Feb. 6, the Seventh Annual Social Impact Challenge (SIC), closed with three teams in the finals event. This year’s SIC featured a partnership between Business Impact, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), and the Ford School of Public …
  • Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track Winner Announced

    Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track Winner Announced

    Ann Arbor, February 16, 2018 – The winner of the 2018 Michigan Business Challenge – Impact Track is PedalCell, a developer of bicycle power for cell phones, and in the future other devices. The Impact Track competition, co-sponsored by the Zell Lurie Institute, the Center for Social Impact, and the Erb Institute, began …
  • Canopy: Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Finalist Team

    Canopy: Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Finalist Team

    Who are the team members? Brandon Keelean (MDes, ’18) Ann Duong (MHI, ’18) Elisabeth Michel (MPH, ’17) How did you decide your team name? The process was much like any ideation session, we wrote down a bunch of names (many of them bad) and then selected our favorite. Canopy stuck out to …
  • PedalCell: Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Finalist Team

    PedalCell: Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Finalist Team

    Who are the team members? Adam Hokin (COO) Anna Moreira Bianchi (Business Strategist) Vishaal Mali (CEO) Gar Waterman (Prototype Designer) Alexis Baudron (Hardware Lead) Tori Wu (Brand Manager) How did you decide your team name? The story behind the company’s name is quite simple. We wanted the name to resonate with the …
  • FoodFinder: Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Finalist Team

    FoodFinder: Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Finalist Team

    Who are the team members? Jack Griffin How did you decide your team name? Despite there being tens of thousands of places across the country that give out free food to those in need, there was no singular, reliable way to find these assistance programs. I wanted the name of my organization …
  • Adelie: Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Finalist Team

    Adelie: Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Finalist Team

    Who are the team members? Stef Rubinstein Vanessa Lynskey Tracy Wolfbiss How did you decide your team name? Adelie penguins are a species with strong parental instincts. The parents take turns watching their young and fishing for food. These penguins embody everything we hope to achieve with Adelie – supporting mothers and …
  • Undergraduate Team Upstart Wins the University of Michigan 2018 Social Impact Challenge

    Undergraduate Team Upstart Wins the University of Michigan 2018 Social Impact Challenge

    ANN ARBOR (February 7, 2018) — The University of Michigan Center for Social Impact, in partnership with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) and the Ford School of Public Policy announced the winners of the University-wide 2018 Social Impact Challenge, held on February 6, 2018 at the Stephen M. Ross School …
  • Colleen Hill Receives Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship

    Colleen Hill Receives Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship

    ANN ARBOR – Jan. 23, 2017 – Business Impact is please to announce that Colleen Hill (MBA/MS ’19) recently received the 2017-18 Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship for outstanding commitment to solving complex social challenges through learning. But even before receiving this $5,000 award, she was a Summer Fund Intern, a Ross Open Road Fellow, and …
  • Four Impact Track Teams Advance to the Finals of the Michigan Business Challenge

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

    January 22, 2018 – Ann Arbor – Business Impact wants to thank all the teams and judges involved in Round Two of this year’s Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track! The competition has been very successful thus far, and the 9 teams from Round Two did a lot of hard work on their …
  • January 2018 Newsletter

    January 2018 Newsletter

    Detroit Pop-ups Take Center Stage in 2018 Social Impact Challenge Finals – Tues, Feb. 6, 2018 5 – 6:30 pm @ Ross R0220 Last week, the Center kicked off the Seventh Annual Social Impact Challenge (SIC), with a record-breaking 144 students participating. This year’s SIC features a partnership between Business …