1. Newsletter: March 2017

    March 3, 2017

    Four Teams to Compete in the Finals March 15

    @ Flint Institute of Arts, 4:15-5:30 pm

    The 2017 Social Impact Challenge reaches its exciting conclusion on Wed, Mar. 15, as four finalist teams deliver proposals for economic development and entrepreneurship in Flint, MI to members of the public and an expert judging panel. The finals follow an intense month and a half of analyzing data, hearing from stakeholders, and touring relevant sites in the city.

    Finalist teams–Diversiteam, A.K.A.K.A., Innovation to Impact, and Social Enrichment Wizzes–will present from 4:15 – 5:30 pm, followed by a reception with light hors d’ouvres prior to the announcement of winners at 6 pm. The top prize is $2,500, with additional prizes for specialty accomplishments and runners-up.

    The Social Impact Challenge is co-sponsored by UM-Flint Outreach, the City of Flint, and Skypoint Ventures. The finals event is part of the larger Arts and Social Entrepreneurship Symposium in Flint on Mar. 15.

    MBC Impact Track Awards $15K Top Prize

    The 2017 Michigan Business Challenge – Impact Track, which began Nov. 14 with 61 teams, capped off on Feb. 17 with four teams giving their final pitches to the judging panel.

    The winner of the $15,000 top prize, AIM Tech, is a developer of safe, user-friendly, low-power medical equipment, who created a ventilator for premature infants. AIM Tech’s Aaron Steiner (MBA ’17) and Stephen John (MD ’19) went on to the Cardinal Business Challenge in Louisville, KY the very next day and won first prize there too!

    Second prize ($7,500) went to Sage and Grace (Holly Price, MBA ’17), third prize ($2,500) went to Find Your Ditto (Parisa Soraya, MHI ’17), and fourth prize ($1,000) went to Kladder (Jaymon Ballew, JD/MBA ’17).

    See photos from the entire competition.


    Four Board Fellows Share their Experiences

    During the 2016-17 academic year, 29 students have been serving on local nonprofit boards, learning about board governance and offering their expertise in real world situations. The Board Fellows Program offered by the Center for Social Impact is a unique experience that prepares students for mission-driven leadership.

    We asked four students to share details of their fellowship so far, providing a closer look at the experience for students and nonprofits alike. Read their interviews or check out the complete list of 16-17 board fellows.


    Interested in Being a Board Fellow Next Year?

    Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in Governance of Nonprofit Organizations (BA601) for the Fall B term. Application priority for the Board Fellows Program will be given to those students that are enrolled in this course. For questions about the course, contact Janet Weiss. For questions about the Board Fellows program, contact the Center for Social Impact.


    Calling All Summer Fund Interns

    Applications Due: Apr. 14

    The Center for Social Impact will award competitive grants for summer internships to Ross and Ford masters students and BBA juniors. Students completing internships in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors are eligible to apply if the organization has a clearly defined social mission. Watch for an email next week on all of our unique summer internship opportunities.

    APPLY BY APR. 14

    Innovation Studio Founder Fellowship

    Apply by Sun, Mar. 19

    The Center for Social Impact is pleased to be a partial funder for the Innovation Studio Founder Fellowship, which is a six-month, paid fellowship for recent graduates. The fellow will work on an interdisciplinary team of innovators as they design and develop a viable solution to address a difficult problem in public health, with the goal of launching the solution into the world.


    Mission Throttle Internship

    Apply before Sun, Mar. 19

    A unique internship is being offered through the Marcel Gani Internship Program run by the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. Mission Throttle, a philanthropic business organization in Metro Detroit, is looking for a Ross MBA to work with SE Michigan social enterprises to create strong foundations through sound business acumen.

    Apply by visiting iMpact, select Careers, Off Campus Job Board, and search for “Marcel Gani Intern”.

    Key Events

    Social Impact Challenge
    Finals Event
    March 15, 2017

    Summer Internship Funding
    Application Deadline
    April 14, 2017

    Community News & Events

    Innovation in Action: Final Showcase Events

    Education: Wed, Mar. 8 @ 5 pm
    Public Health: Fri, Mar. 10 @ 4 pm

    Over the course of five months, U-M student teams have worked to develop solutions to public health and education challenges. Each event above will feature the top five teams competing for the chance to win up to $10,000. RSVPs are welcome but not required.

    Detroit Center Sankofa Film Series

    Mar. – May @ U-M Detroit Center

    Visit the U-M Detroit Center for some thought-provoking and insightful films, each featuring noted speakers/panelists, as well as refreshments:

    • Fri, Mar. 17 @ 6 pm: Walk with Me: The Trials of Judge Damon J. Keith
    • Fri, Mar. 31 @ 6 pm: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
    • Fri, Apr. 14 @ 6 pm: 13th
    • Fri, May 12 @ 6 pm: Time Simply Passes


    Generous U Competition

    Application due: Fri, Mar. 17

    Generous U is a national contest to increase awareness and involvement of students on college campuses about the importance and impact of philanthropic values. Student groups are invited to compete for the $10,000 Sillerman Prize and the Generous U title. Apply here.

    Startup Weekend Detroit – Social Impact

    Fri – Sun, Mar. 17-19, @ Detroit Education Center – Cleary University

    Startup Weekend brings together developers, programmers, business leaders, community members, students and anyone else interested to solve a challenging societal problem. Participants form teams to develop a solution and collaborate over the course of a weekend to win a prize. The goal for this startup weekend is to encourage community members in Detroit to participate and provide additional exposure to the startup ecosystem. Register here.

    The Humane Economy

    Thurs, Mar. 16, 5:30-9 pm @ Robertson Auditorium

    Please join Michigan Net Impact on March 16 to welcome Wayne Pacelle, CEO/President of The Humane Society of the United States, for his University of Michigan book tour. Ross professor Andy Hoffman will interview Mr. Pacelle. Please RSVP to the free Presentation and purchase tickets for the Reception on the Eventbrite page.


    Detroit Service Fusion Workshop III – Student Engagement in the D

    Tues, Mar. 21, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
    @ Hatcher Graduate Library, Room 101

    Do you engage in the city of Detroit through your personal or student org initiatives? This event, sponsored by U-M’s Detroit Center, is for all students wanting to learn/share best practices and resources for civic, cultural service, and social justice activities in Detroit. New, undergraduate, and graduate students are welcome from all schools. This is the last of three workshops this academic year.