2015 Social Impact Track
“The Michigan Business Challenge and Social Impact Track improved our ability to concisely present our business plan and afforded us an opportunity to receive critical feedback on our venture. The prize money is a blessing that will propel us into the direction of success, and will be directly used for reducing pollution and saving lives.”
– Ben Rathi, BBA ’17
From 2015-2016, this track was known as the Social Impact Track. Finalists of the inaugural 2015 campus-wide Michigan Business Challenge Social Impact Track presented to a panel of Detroit impact investors on Fri, Feb. 20, 2015. The $15,000 award went to Blueprints For Pangaea(BFP), represented by Anna Chen (BS ’16), Olivia Cholewa (BSN ‘16), Jungwoo Ha (BS ’16), Raj Kadiyala (BS ‘15), Danny Luan (BS ‘17), Ben Rathi (BBA/BS ‘17), and Sanjay Reddy (BS ‘17).
B4P is a social venture that seeks to save and improve lives by engaging undergraduate students in recovering and routing unused medical supplies from U.S. hospitals to nonprofit organizations who ship them to hospitals and clinics in developing countries. The company will develop collegiate chapters along with hospital and nonprofit partnerships across the country. B4P plans to leverage their predominantly volunteer workforce to transfer 1,000,000 pounds of otherwise unused supplies worth $50,000,000 over the next five years.
Other Finalist ventures include LessonReel, high-quality, K-12 lesson materials and videos developed by top teachers for use by fellow teachers and BetterHope, an online marketplace for products made with dignity.