1. Newsletter: September 2017

    September 20, 2017

    Business+Impact Is Underway

    During the coming year, there will be a series of engaging, participatory events with the goal of answering this question:  How can the Ross community—students, faculty, alumni, and partners—become the most progressive source of business solutions to the world’s biggest challenges?

    Please bookmark the first two events of this series:

    For further information or to reserve your spot, fill out this form.



    New Portal Is An Essential, Practical Guide for Impact Students

    Are you a business student who wants to make an impact while at Ross? Business Impact is proud to host the new Impact Portal—part of the new Business+Impact Studio initiative. The Impact Portal (accessible via rossimpact.com) has information on courses, clubs, co-curricular programs, events, colleagues, and career services available across campus. If you have suggestions or items to add, contact gbugala@umich.edu.

    Browse the Impact Portal


    Kickoff, Info Sessions, and School Visits Highlight First Two Weeks

    During the first two weeks of school, Business Impact hosted a record-breaking kickoff, where we introduced our programs to incoming students. Staff also visited the Ford School of Public Policy, the School of Social Work, and Taubman College. Finally, we are reviewing applications and selecting students for the Board Fellowship Program, which begins in two weeks. The interest of impact students across campus is inspiring!

    See an album of photos from this event, and tag yourself!



    Summer Internship Info Session

    5 – 6 pm, Thursday, Oct. 5
    @ B3580, Ross

    If you are a Ford grad student or a Ross MBA or BBA Junior seeking a challenging summer internship at a mission-driven organization, then plan on attending this information session to learn more about Business Impact’s summer funding opportunities.

    Event Info



    Andrew Kelley (MBA ’17)

    Andrew Kelley graduated from Ross in May 2017 and is now a management consultant at Deloitte. During his time at Ross, he was part of the winning team in the 2016 Social Impact Challenge, served as a Board Fellow at Apple Playschools, and helped lead the the Board Fellowship program during his final year. In August, we spoke with Andrew about his experience in the impact space, and discussed his plans for the future.

    Read the full interview on our website.


    Entrepreneurs Mingle ‘n’ Match

    Wed, Sept. 20, 5 – 7 pm
    @ TechArb (505 E. Liberty)

    Students! Are you looking to build your startup or have interest in joining a new venture? Get ready to Mingle-n-Match! This free event kicks off with informal mingling, followed by a series of one-minute pitches by those interested in finding prospective team members, and concludes with more targeted networking. For more information visit the event page, or email minglenmatch@umich.edu.



    U-M Bicentennial Events


    Key Events

    Summer Internship
    Info Session
    Oct 5, 2017

    Center for Social Impact
    Board Fellows Announcement
    Oct 6, 2017


    Community News & Events

    The DEN Open House

    Sept 22 @ 2660 Dickerson, Detroit, MI

    The DEN is Detroit’s first non-profit accelerator and co-working space for those who are interested in doing good for the community. The DEN is hosting an Open House Luncheon for groups and individuals interested in serving the community. Attendees will receive a catered lunch, a tour of the facilities, and general information about The DEN.

    Event registration


    8th Annual Detroit Impact Conference

    Sept 22 @ 1555 Broadway St., Detroit, MI

    The Detroit Revitalization and Business Initiative at Ross School of Business announces the 2017 Impact Conference, discussing the theme of Innovation in the City. From urban planning and public policy to entrepreneurship and venture capital, Detroit has become a hub for innovation. Come learn how the public and private sectors are working together to develop the ideas that will drive the city into the future.

    Info & registration


    Entrepalooza 2017

    Sept 22 @ the Michigan League

    Entrepalooza 2017 will focus on the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship — what does it really take to start a business? While a bold idea, unflagging determination and patient financial backers are all crucial to successful start-ups, entrepreneurs must also focus on less dramatic aspects of running a company. Also, Entrepalooza 2017 welcomes keynote speaker Veronika Scott, Founder & CEO of the Empowerment Plan.

    Info & registration



    Submission due Oct 6

    EmpowerHER, a partnership between Ford Motor Company Fund and Michigan Women’s Foundation, will offer a continuum of programs and services to women (and a few good men) wishing to start or grow Social Venture Enterprises. Concept paper submissions are due by Fri. Oct 6.

    Submission guidelines


    Poverty Solutions: Poverty Simulation

    Oct 6 @ the Michigan League

    On October 6th, Poverty Solutions will offer two back-to-back events to engage the University of Michigan in thinking about poverty. First, Scott Allard of the Evans School of Public Affairs will give a talk about the rise of suburban poverty. Then, there will be a Poverty Simulation open to all U of M students.

    Info & registration


    Innovation in Action

    Application due Oct 13

    Innovation in Action (IIA) harnesses the talents and passions of Michigan students to address our world’s biggest problems. Focusing on the broad topics of public health and education, IIA equips students with an innovator’s toolkit, an experiential learning framework, and a safe space to ‘test the waters’ of social entrepreneurship. IIA is currently accepting student applications until Fri. Oct 13.

    Apply here


    Halcyon Incubator

    Application due Oct 17

    The Halcyon Incubator program equips early-stage entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures and change the world.  Residencies take place between Feb – July, 2018. Application for Cohort 8 is now open.

    Apply here