Calling All U-M Students!
Register now for the U-M Social Impact Challenge
Open to all U-M students, our 2017 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 city leaders for potential implementation and $2,500 in prizes.
This year, the Center for Social Impact is teaming up with the UM-Flint Outreach Office to create a challenge focused on advancing entrepreneurship efforts to revive neighborhood centers and city corridors for economic development in Flint, MI.
Team registration is now open and the deadline to register is Tues, Feb. 7 at 9 am. You may even team up with students from UM-Flint.
A member of your team must attend the Ann Arbor campus kickoff Tues, Jan. 24, 5:30-7 pm @ R0320, Ross School of Business. In addition to defining the case, the session will allow students in need of more team members to network and find them.
Mark your calendars for other key events in the Challenge:
- The Flint Site Visit will take place Fri, Jan. 27 at noon. A bus will depart from Ross at 10:30 am.
- SIC Finals are taking place at the Flint Institute of Arts on March 15
Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) Focuses on Small Business
Small businesses in Detroit often suffer from a well-documented lack of access to capital, to business skills and legal advice, and to networks for mentoring and sales opportunities. Women and minority entrepreneurs often face the greatest difficulties in getting access to these essentials for business success. The DNEP will serve the needs of these businesses by bringing together interdisciplinary teams of University of Michigan students to help entrepreneurs think strategically, access capital, enter contracts, market their products and services, and overcome other challenges.
The DNEP pilot is beginning now. Link up with students from across the University – including Ross, the Law School, the College of Computer Science and Engineering, and the School of Art & Design – and with Detroit entrepreneurs to solve problems and address barriers to growth.
The course starts immediately. If interested, contact Prof. Michael Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan Business Challenge – Impact Track 2nd Round Teams Announced
Congratulations to these social entrepreneurs for moving on to the 2nd Round of our competition on Jan. 20!
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.
Chevuru – Samhita Shiledar (MS Sustainable Systems/MSE Chem E, ’17), Kavya Vayyasi (MS Sustainable Systems, ’17), Aniket Deshmukh (PhD EECS ’18), Shamitha Keerthi (PhD Resource Ecology and Management, Dec ’16)
Chevuru uses data science to inform farmers’ agricultural decisions in developing countries to reduce suicide rates and debt risk while improving living standards.
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.
FoodFinder – Jack Griffin (BBA ’19)
Using both a website and smartphone app, FoodFinder is a tool that delivers valuable information to food insecure children and their families to let them know exactly when and where they can receive free food assistance from resources such as food pantries, food kitchens, faith-based institutions, and co-ops.
In-Network Lending – Blake Van Fleteren (MBA/MSW ’17), Brianna Brazell (MBA/MS ’17), Dave Spallina (MBA ’17)
A peer-to-pool-to-peer community platform that incentivizes savings, while providing low-interest loans during times of need, all of which is kept in check by social capital between pool-members.
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.
Reco – Joe Lacy (LSA ’19)
Reco is an exchange for donations of surplus inventory.
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.
SmallWorld – Elliott Brannon (MSTP ’22), Whit Froehlich, (MD ’19), Robert Cesaro (MD ’19)
SmallWorld strengthens communities by facilitating high-quality connections between community members.
Thrive – Ally Stewart (MBA ’17), Bridget Henley (MPH ’17)
Thrive is the CPG company of the future, providing healthy, fresh snacks using food from local farmers.
Hosted by the Center for Social Impact in partnership with the Zell Lurie and Erb Institutes, the Impact Track supports the creation of new businesses, products, or services that advance social and/or environmental impact.
Info Session and Story Slam on Jan. 12
Come learn about Ross Open Road with last year’s teams, as they speak about their experiences. Using the DNA of MBAs across America, Ross students have structured a unique experience focused on social entrepreneurship across the country.
Attend one or both of these events to find out more:
Open Road Info Session
Thurs, Jan. 12, 12:40 – 1:40 pm
@ R1240, Ross School of Business
At this session you will get an overview of the program, some personal experiences with it, and time for Q&A.
Open Road Story Slam
Thurs, Jan. 12, 6 – 7:30 pm
@ R1240, Ross School of Business
This event is focused on stories about students who have participated in Ross Open Road, but there will also be Q&A.
Applications for Ross Open Road ’17 are currently being accepted until Jan. 27 at midnlight.
Impact Corps Summer Internships
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. 19. Application materials, including partner organizations and project descriptions, are on the Center for Social Impact website.
Tues, Feb. 7, 5:30 – 7 pm
@ R0230, Ross School of Business
Mark your calendar for our Board Fellows Forum coming in February. The forum is open to the public as well as current participants in the Center’s Board Fellowship Program. Southeast Michigan nonprofit leaders will discuss innovative strategies for board engagement as part of the forum.
Tues, Jan. 17, 5 – 6 pm
@ R2320, Ross School of Business
First-year MBAs (or MBAs with an additional year remaining) are invited to attend an info session about joining the Give-A-Day Fund Board. The board is responsible for leading the annual Give-A-Day campaign, which asks each MBA pursuing a traditional internship to donate one day of their summer salary. Questions? Reach out to Fund president Aaron Steiner.
Apply by Sun, Jan. 15
Project MESA is seeking students passionate about social impact, entrepreneurship, and/or design to work on their business development subteam. They are a student-led social enterprise working to make gynecological exams more effective and accessible for women in developing regions. The team was a finalist in last year’s Impact Track of the Michigan Business Challenge. Visit their project blog and website for more info, or contact Kathy and Erik at email@example.com. Students can apply here by Sunday, Jan 15 at 11:59 PM.
Michigan Business Challenge
Jan. 20, 2017
Social Impact Challenge
Ann Arbor Kickoff
Jan. 24, 2017
Feb. 7, 2017
Michigan Business Challenge
Impact Track Finals
Feb. 17, 2017
Community News & Events
Mon, Jan. 16
Be involved in one of the largest University celebrations honoring the life and work of Dr. King. Throughout the month of January, the MLK Symposium provides the community with opportunities to participate in lectures, performances, projects, and workshops. This year’s memorial lecturers are Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! on NPR, and Issa Rae, Youtube sensation and commentator. Student organizations that are interested in hosting an event for the Symposium should submit an event form found on the website.
Wed, Jan. 18, 12:30 pm @ Connector West Quad, 541 Thompson St., Ann Arbor
Sponsored by UM’s Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, this event will bring together students, faculty and administration, and community members and will consist of a series of smaller and larger group dialogues surrounding targeted identities on campus, racial inequality across the country, what it means to be an ally, and how to find productive and inclusive solutions to social inequalities. Contact Dylan Nelson for further info.
Our partner in the Michigan Business Challenge – Impact Track–Zell Lurie Institute–is offering a series of entrepreneurship workshops leading up to the Michigan Business Challenge Finals. Below is a list of workshops in January, all of which run from 5-7:30 pm:
- How to Succeed at Business Plan Competitions – Jan. 10 @ R1220
- Exploring Business Models – Jan. 23 @ R1220
- Futuring 101 – Jan. 24 @ R0220
- Startup Funding for First Time Entrepreneurs – Jan. 30 @ R1220
For the past 20 years, the Farber Internship Program, offered through REDF, has given students a unique opportunity to apply their business skills to strategic projects in an entrepreneurial nonprofit context. REDF’s work straddles the for-profit and nonprofit worlds; consequently Farber internships are relevant to careers in both sectors. The length of an internship is 10 weeks, and the salary is $1,000 per week. Applications are now open and must be submitted no later than Jan. 19.
Tues, Jan. 31 @ Rm 100, Hatcher Library
Come and learn about opportunities for how to get involved in Detroit from different Detroit-based organizations and campus programs. You will hear from students about their experiences, and get information about possible funding opportunities. This workshop is open to all U-M undergraduate and graduate students regardless of previous experience in Detroit. Pizza and salad will be available to attendees, and seating is limited. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/Pldy8o. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fri and Sat, Feb. 3-4 @ Ross School of Business and Other Locations
This conference will center on the theme of responsible revitalization, exploring how impact work in the city might be optimized. Students will have the opportunity to connect with changemakers working at multiple levels of Detroit’s revitalization, hear from community and business leaders, and discuss what responsible revitalization means in a time of rapid change for the Motor City.