Programs & Activities

Social Impact Challenge

Congratulations to this year’s winning team, Team Eye of the Tiger!

Read the Challenge Finals Recap

Thanks to the students from a dozen different U-M schools/colleges that participated!


Each winter term the Center partners with a social impact organization in Detroit to tackle a live case with U-M students. Teams of students from multiple schools compete to address a current, real-life strategic challenge and present their recommendations.

 U-M News Release

2016 Social Impact Challenge Flyer!

In 2016, students tackled strategic and operational questions to help launch Detroit PAL‘s Kids At the Corner Campaign in partnership with the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, which involves the redevelopment of the historic field. The top teams presented to a panel of judges including experts and leaders from Detroit. The winning team received a $2,500 cash prize and the opportunity for their ideas to be implemented!

2016 Social Impact Challenge

Benefits of Participating

The Social Impact Challenge is an opportunity for students to collaborate on multidisciplinary teams to tackle strategic issues for a social impact organization in a competitive consulting-style environment. Participants have the opportunity to:

  • Apply skills and classroom learning to social issues in Detroit
  • Impact a Detroit organization that is making a difference in the community
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of students from across U-M
  • Engage in dialogue and practical problem-solving with mission-driven leaders