1. Newsletter: November 2014

    November 9, 2014

    Win $15K-$50K to Launch a Social Enterprise

    The Center for Social Impact is proud to announce the new Social Impact Track for this year’s Michigan Business Challenge. Any U-M student with an idea to launch a mission-driven venture should apply. The best social enterprise business plan will be awarded $15K and the top overall team could win up to $50K in total prizes!

    Sponsored by the Center for Social Impact in partnership with the Zell Lurie and Erb Institutes, the Social Impact Track supports the creation of new businesses, products, or services that promote social and/or environmental impact. The venture can be for-profit or nonprofit, and a 2-3 page statement is all that is needed to apply.

    Learn More

    Brainstorm Social Venture Ideas at the Michigan Business Challenge Info Session & Workshop
    Info Session

    Wed., Nov. 5, 5:00 – 5:30 pm, W2760
    Startup Workshop: How to Ideate
    Wed., Nov. 5, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, W2760

    Attend the Info Session and Ideation Workshop to learn more about MBC, the Social Impact Track, and start brainstorming ideas.TheMichigan Business Challenge (MBC) is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition where student teams pitch their ideas for the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling over $75,000, gain feedback from judges and expand their business network. Round 1 kicks off December 5.

    Submit your Intent to Compete form by Nov. 17 at 8:00 am.

    2014 U-M Social Innovation Summit Recap

    Finding Purpose, Delivering Impact

    During the 2014 U-M Social Innovation Summit, leaders from across sectors revealed how they have found purpose throughout their career journey and delivered impact in the community. Keynote speaker Aaron Hurst shared his forward-thinking vision for the future with our economy driven and shaped by purpose.

    Summit attendees explored their own purpose journey, and engaged with social entrepreneurs and thought leaders to explore social challenges and innovations.

    Featured workshops and speakers

    Water and food system equity in Detroit

    • Tyson Gersh, Founder & President, Mich. Urban Farming Initiative
    • Devita Davison, Community Kitchen Dir., Detroit Kitchen Connect
    • Rebecca Thompson, Sr. Director of Engagement, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
    • [moderator] Kate Drummond, MBA/MS student, Former Co-President, Ross Net Impact Club

    Youth, talent, and training in Detroit 

    • Bryan Barnhill II, Chief Talent Officer, City of Detroit
    • Rashida Goudeaux, Director of Workforce Development & Education, Focus: HOPE
    • David Merritt, Founder & CEO, Merit Goodness, Inc.
    • [moderator] Neil Tambe, MBA student, Co-President, Ross Detroit Revitalization & Business Initiative

    Aligning personal values & social innovation 

    • Workshop with Nick Tobier
      Instigator of Civil Interruptions, Everyday Places
      Associate Professor,
       Stamps School of Art & Design

    Investing in social impact in Detroit 

    • Patti Glaza, VP & Managing Director, Invest Detroit
    • Douglas Stewart, Executive Director, Fisher Foundation
    • Stefanie Thomas, Dir. of Fund Development, U-M Social Venture Fund
    • [moderator] Kyle Killebrew, MBA/MPP student, Dir. of Education, U-M Social Venture Fund

    Creating a social innovation action plan

    • Workshop with Aaron Hurst, Chief Executive Officer, Imperative, Author, The Purpose Economy
    Learn More

    Welcome Tanya Upthegrove, Student Program Director!

    We are excited to welcome Tanya Upthegrove to our staff as Student Program Director, overseeing the Center’s student-centered programming and multidisciplinary engagements such as the Board Fellowship program.

    She previously served as the Program Manager for the Inkster Family Literacy Movement, a Social Innovation Fund initiative, and has managed projects in education, workforce development, conservation, and national service. Tanya has both an MBA and a BA in Communications from Michigan State University.

    Feel free to contact her directly, or visit at ER2606 in the Ross School of Business.

    2014-15 Student Advisory Board Members

    Meet the Center’s2014-15 Student Advisory Board members!

    Pilar Koopman, MBA/MSW, and Steven Richards, MSW/MPH

    Vice Presidents:
    Board Fellowship: Grace Adofoli, MSW/MPH, Sam Charner, MBA
    Social Impact Challenge: Noelle Polaski, MPP, Grace Evans, MPP
    Careers & Social Innovation Summit: Matt Seiler, MBA
    Social Entrepreneurship: Blake Van Fleteren, MBA/MSW, Aubrey Sitler, MPP/MSW

    Max Dixon, MBA
    Mark Kroening, MPP
    Whitney Martin, MBA
    Erin Pidot, MPP
    Allie Schachter, MBA

    Give to the Center for Social Impact on Dec. 2!

    Spark social impact and enable students to make a difference in the community!

    Giving Blueday is Michigan’s first-ever university-wide global day of giving. On Dec. 2 you can transform lives by supporting the Center for Social Impact and the students it serves.

    Plus, your money will go even farther through matching and social media challenges!

    Tackle early childhood education at Hult at U-MIn

    partnership with President Clinton, the Hult Prize is a student movement dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing social challenges. This year’s competition focuses on early childhood education, and there is a special Hult at U-M competition on Dec. 9.

    The U-M winner will automatically advance to a regional competition where teams get to pitch their start-up in front of world-class judges, mentors and advisers, with a chance to win $1 million to launch a startup.


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    Nov. 17, 2014


    The Center for Social Impact provides 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.

    Revitalization & Business Conference – Nov. 14

    Part I of the 5th annual Revitalization & Business Conference: Block Clubs and Boardrooms: Redefining Civic Engagement will take place on Friday, Nov. 14 from 9:15am-4:00pm at the Ross School of Business. The conference will explore ways for business school students and leaders to better engage and make a positive impact on their communities. The 2014 keynote speaker is Aaron Seybert, Vice President at JPMorgan Chase. View more details and register.

    University of Michigan • ER2602 Ross School of Business
    701 Tappan St. • Ann Arbor, MI 48109