1. Newsletter: October 2016

    October 4, 2016

    Internship Snapshots

    The 2016 Summer Fund internship program was a great success all around. Students from RossFordSchool of Social WorkNatural Resources, and other programs developed their skills while helping mission-driven organizations in Detroit and around the world.

    Our co-sponsored Ross Open Road sent eight Ross students to work with nine social enterprises in seven U.S. states over a one month period. Numerous other interns worked in organizations with strong social impact missions. A BBA focused on his fish feed start-up in Kenya, while an MBA got the opportunity to create her own internship experience in her hometown.

    In this post, we share snapshots of some interns, providing a window into the broad experiences that the Center for Social Impact offers.


    Impact Corps – Academic Year

    Now you can gain deep exposure to the opportunities and challenges faced by social enterprises. By working alongside a leading Detroit-based mission-driven business, you can develop skills and perspectives important for balancing a social mission and achieving financial sustainability. Current students are treated as part of the organization in which they are placed, and receive ongoing feedback during the placement.

    We are currently offering Impact Corps – Academic Year as a 3-credit course.


    Urban Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Challenge Preview

    The Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium (#UES2016) will convene leaders across sectors in the city, region, and country to apply entrepreneurial innovation to Flint and similar communities.

    U-M Ann Arbor students can attend for free through the Center! This year’s Social Impact Challenge will focus on economic development and entrepreneurship in Flint, so we will unveil more and provide a great preview of the topics to be addressed for the upcoming Challenge.

    Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium
    Oct. 19-21
    in Flint, MI

    The Center will cover registration for students who have a financial hardship. Contact us at socialimpact@umich.edu for more information.

    Ecosystem Mapping Workshop

    The Center for Social Impact is teaming up with Innovation in Action to give students the opportunity to learn about ecosystem mapping, an important tool for anyone trying to solve complex social problems.  Students participating in the Social Impact Challenge or the Social Impact Track should attend, as ecosystem maps allow teams to contextualize their social change efforts based on key stakeholders and environmental conditions, and their relationships to one another.

    Ecosystem Mapping Workshop
    Nov. 3, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
    @Prechter Lab, School of Education

    Summer Internship Info Session

    Thursday, Oct. 6
    5:30 – 7 pm
    @R2320, Ross

    If you are a Ford grad student or a Ross MBA or BBA Junior looking for a challenging, high-level, paid summer internship at a mission-driven organization, then plan on attending this information session to learn more about the Center for Social Impact Summer Fund and the Impact Corps Academic Year Program.


    Win up to $50K to Launch a Social Enterprise

    Michigan Business Challenge Info Session
    Wed, Nov. 2, 5:00 – 5:30pm
    R0230, Ross School of Business

    Do you have an idea for a mission-driven business, or are you already developing a social venture? We invite you to join us for an Info Session on Nov. 2, then submit your concept by mid-November to compete in the Social Impact Track of the Michigan Business Challenge. The Social Impact Track in particular offers a pool of $26K, with a $15K top prize! Your mission-driven venture can be for-profit or nonprofit, and a 2-3 page statement is all that is needed to apply.

    Key Events

    Summer Internship Info Session
    Oct. 6: 5:30 – 7 pm
    @ Ross R2320U-M Detroit Fusion Workshop
    Oct. 11: 7 – 8:30 pm
    @ Room 100, Hatcher LibraryUrban Entrepreneurship Symposium
    Oct. 19-21
    in Flint, MI

    Michigan Business Challenge Info Session
    Nov. 2: 5 – 5:30 pm
    @ Ross R0230

    Ecosystem Mapping Workshop
    Nov. 3: 5 – 6:30 pm
    @ Prechter Lab
    School of Education

    Impact Assessment Workshop for Social Impact Track
    Dec. 8: 5:30 – 7 pm
    @ Ross R1220

    Community News & Events

    Student Entrepreneurs Wanted for Innovation Studio

    Currently Accepting Applications

    The University of Michigan School of Public Health is seeking student fellows for their interdisciplinary team of designers that design, develop, and deliver sustainable and scalable public health solutions. By examining the desirability, viability and feasibility of our solutions, the Innovation Studio ensures a triple bottom line impact on the world.

    Check out the fellowship description

    Innovation in Action Competition

    Accepting Applications through Oct. 7

    Innovation in Action seeks to empower students to innovate solutions that address public health and education problems, and to create a safe environment to take risks and move beyond the classroom. This five-month competition will enable teams to move their idea from concept to reality. Teams will be trained in a variety of skills as they develop their idea. A final presentation will showcase their innovation, and prizes range from $5,000-$10,000.

    Review the application

    Detroit Service Fusion Workshop – Student Engagement in the D

    Tues, Oct. 11
    7 – 8:30 pm
    @ Rm 100, Hatcher Graduate Library

    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 first of three planned workshops.

    Halcyon Incubator

    Accepting Applications through Oct. 11

    The Halcyon Incubator is seeking social entrepreneurs who have bold ideas to solve some of the most pressing global challenges and are willing to translate their passion and beliefs into a tangible model. Take the leap with the Halcyon Incubator. After evaluating all applications, the Selection Committee will select finalists who will be asked to participate in virtual pitches for inclusion in the program. The final Fellows will be selected from that group.

    School of Social Work: Feature Alumna Presentation

    Fri, Oct. 21
    1:45 – 3:00 pm
    @Rm 1841, School of Social Work

    Terry Axelrod, founder and CEO of Benevon, will be be speaking about her experiences as the first development director at a private inner-city school, where she designed and implemented the fundraising programs that yielded $7.2 million in two years and a significant endowment. Over the past 20 years, Benevon has trained more than 4,500 nonprofit teams to customize this systematic process for building sustainable funding.

    Net Impact National Conference

    Nov. 3 – 5
    in Philadelphia

    The Net Impact Conference is a great way to travel with your classmates who are passionate about impact, hear from inspiring change makers around the world, and get connected to more than 100 exhibitors and recruiters ranging from REDF and Education Pioneers to Starbucks and Disney.

    Funding Is Available
    This year Net Impact @ Ross will be offering stipends to all members who attend the National Conference. Book your ticket between now and October 12 to receive an additional 20% your attendance fee using the code: C16_DISC_7BRB  Reach out to Brianna Brazell with any questions.