1. Newsletter: January 2016

    January 5, 2016

    Calling all U-M Students!

    Register now for the U-M Social Impact Challenge

    Open to all U-M students, our annual Social Impact Challenge gives multidisciplinary teams the opportunity to tackle a live case statement, investigate a critical issue, and develop recommendations for mission-driven organizations. Top teams present to executives and Detroit leaders for potential implementation and a $2500 prize.Partners include Detroit PAL in partnership with the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, the City of Detroit, Skillman Foundation, and Corktown Economic Development Corporation. This year’s challenge focuses on healthy youth, community integration, social enterprise, and historic site redevelopment.Team registration is now open and the deadline to register is Wed, Jan. 20 at 9am!

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    Social Impact Challenge Preview & Team Matching

    Wed, Jan. 13, 7:00 – 8:30pm
    Room 8110, Munger Residences

    Join Detroit Dialogues founder Cornetta Lane for a storytelling workshop, and meet potential teammates while learning more about the challenge! If you don’t have your team formed, this is a great opportunity to network with other students. Utilize the Team Finder ahead of time to share your skills and interests with others!Food and refreshments are provided.
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    Michigan Business Challenge – Social Impact Track: 2nd Round Teams Announced

    Congratulations to these social entrepreneurs for moving on to the 2nd Round of our competition on Jan. 22!
    • CARt – Stacey Matlen (MPH ’16), Mikaela Rodkin (MBA/MS ’17), Ali Jensen (MPH ‘ 17), Christine Priori (MBA/MPH ’17)Coordinating rides for low-income, low-vehicle access individuals to get to and from supermarkets so they have increased access to healthy, affordable food.
    • GoodVest – Mohsen Ghazi (JD ’16) Using advanced algorithms to provide data-driven insights into the social impact and financial strength of publicly traded companies.
    • Inverxion – Marco A. Hidalgo (MBA ’16) Alternative investment firm that supports minority-owned businesses with capital investments of $10,000 or more.
    • Kulisha – Eric Katz (BBA ’17) Offering a superior aquafeed using insects that adds value to aquaculture operations and reduces environmental impact.
    • LiquidGoldConcept – Jeff Plott (PhD ’16), Rachel Atwood (MHI ’16) Fostering an open exchange of breastfeeding knowledge to develop evidence-based lactation education tools for parents and providers.
    • NELO – Chiedozie Okafor (MBA/MA ’16) Online tool and app envisioned with students first to improve the number of at-risk students that not only graduate, but are positioned to be competitive in the job market.
    • Project MESA – Katherine Chen (BSE ’17), Bharanthi Ram (MPH ’17), Molly Munsell (BSE ’18) Designing a portable gynecological exam table to help rural clinicians in developing countries conduct more effective and frequent women’s examinations in mobile health settings.
    • socFoodBank – Suchandan Pal (PhD ’16) Connecting small businesses, restaurant owners and event organizers with volunteers to transport surplus, possibly perishable food.
    • StepFor – Jordan Golshan (BBA ’17), Andy Jinseok Lee (MS ’17), Hyorim Kim (BS ’17) Maximizing the marketing value of every dollar spent on corporate donations by effectively engaging users through fitness-powered crowdfunding.
    Watch Round 2 Pitches!

    The Center is hiring a Marketing Manager!

    This new role will lead engagement with both internal and external constituencies across campus and in the community. Help us build a compelling brand platform, develop a multi-year marketing strategy, and execute the vision to advance the Center as the top destination for social impact leaders!Apply online through January 14, 2016
    Make an impact during your 2016 summer internship
    Apply to Impact Corps
    If you are a Ross MBA or BBA junior looking for a challenging, paid internship at a mission-driven organization, then submit your application for Impact Corps by noon on Thurs, Jan. 21. Application materials, including partner organization and project descriptions, are on the Center for Social Impact website.
    Watch Social Venture Pitches at MBC Round 2
    Fri, Jan. 22, 1 – 5:00pm
    Ross School of Business
    The public is invited to attend Round 2 of the Michigan Business Challenge which includes 9 Social Impact Track teams. Each team will give a 7 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of judges’ questions. Top teams will be chosen to compete in the Finals on Fri, Feb. 19 and have the opportunity to win from $15K to over $50K in total prizes!Learn more…
    2016 Social Impact Challenge Campus Sponsors
    Thank you to our U-M schools and college sponsors for this year’s Challenge!Ross School of Business
    Ford School of Public Policy
    School of Education
    Stamps School of Art & Design
    School of Law
    School of Public Health
    Taubman College of Architecture
    and Urban Planning
    School of Natural Resources
    and the Environment
    School of Information
    School of Social Work
    Office of the Provost
    Michigan Athletics


    Social Impact Challenge:
    Jan. 13, 2016
    Social Impact Challenge:
    Jan. 20, 2016
    Impact Corps:
    Application Deadline:
    Jan. 21, 2016Michigan Business Challenge:
    Jan. 22, 2016


    The Center for Social Impactprovides students support and opportunities to design a pathway to become social impact leaders. Students in the Center’s programs collaborate with mission-driven organizations across sectors to develop innovative solutions to pressing social challenges.

    Wil Haygood: Dream Makers and Why They Matter

    Mon, Jan. 18, 5:00 – 6:30pm
    Robertson Auditorium, Ross School of Business

    Author of the NY Times bestseller The Butler: A Witness to History, the veteran Washington Post reporter Wil Haygood has dedicated his life to sharing stories of great courage and fortitude amid battles for justice and equality. Haygood’s presentation will celebrate such “Dream Makers” as Dr. King, Nelson Mandela, and White House butler Eugene Allen.

    Part II of the Revitalization & Business Conference

    Thurs, Feb. 4

    Part II of the 6th annual Revitalization & Business Conference – a dinner held in downtown Detroit – will celebrate the successful completion of this year’s Detroit Impact Projects. Drinks, dinner, and transportation will be provided and the night will include a special guest speaker. More details to come!

    Leave Your Legacy at U-M

    Apply to Made at Michigan

    Made at Michigan is a digital and print magazine that highlights the best upcoming ventures created and formed at U-M in 2015-16. Cross-campus entrepreneurship program leaders will be selecting the best ventures to present at the Made at Michigan Celebration on April 14, 2016.

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