1. April 2018 Newsletter

    April 17, 2018

    Note from the Center

    As April arrives, we look back on the successes of the past academic year at Business Impact. In August, we launched the Impact Portal, which provides a guide to all the impact activities across campus. In our programs, we had a record number of students participate in the Social Impact Challenge, and we are marking the 16th year of our Board Fellows Program. Our partnership with Zell Lurie Institute continues to bear fruit with the Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track and Ross Open Road, which returns again with three teams this May. Our Summer Fund also drew great interest, with scores of applicants for social impact internships this summer.

    We wish those graduating a fulfilling career and know you will continue making a positive difference. Thank you, and “Go Blue!”

    Information Sessions for Nonprofit Organizations

    Tues, May 1, 5:30 – 6:30 pm @ Ross School of Business, B3560
    Tues, May 8, 12:00 – 1 pm @ U-M Detroit Center

    Are you a SE Michigan nonprofit organization interested in our Board Fellowship Program? Business Impact is recruiting organizations to participate in the 2018-19 program year, and we will be holding information sessions in Ann Arbor and Detroit in early May.

    Please RSVP for a session, as food will be provided.


    New Report Examines the Intersection of Social Entrepreneurs and the Media

    Ashoka has partnered with Business Impact to understand the new media landscape being forged by social entrepreneurs. These individuals work closely with their communities to address problems ranging from malicious actors sowing disinformation or hijacking media for nefarious purposes, to a lack of well-trained local journalists, and local citizenry having limited opportunities for public engagement.

    Based on an analysis of fifty Ashoka Fellows whose primary aim is addressing problems associated with media, the report shows the five overarching goals that unite their work and the various approaches they have adopted to achieve them.


    Four Fall ’18 Courses Focus on Impact

    Michael Gordon, a Michigan Ross professor and faculty director of Business Impact, will teach MBA and BBA courses on “doing good with money” via microfinance, impact investing, and social finance.

    Professor Ted London, an expert on enterprise strategies for low-income markets, will teach a course for MBAs and for BBAs on the Base of the Pyramid this Fall ’18 term:

    Blueprints for Pangea Needs Students!

    Apply by April 30

    Blueprints For Pangaea, Inc. is a student-run nonprofit organization that reallocates excess unused medical supplies from U.S.hospitals to areas of need overseas. They have satellite chapters operating throughout the country with more satellite locations actively being developed. Blueprints is looking for an unpaid intern over the summer of 2018. Applications are due no later than 11:59 pm on Monday, April 30th. Interviews will be conducted on May 3rd and May 4th.


    Community News & Events

    Wild Gift Fellowship

    Apply by Tues, May 1

    This summer, Wild Gift will select a group of social entrepreneurs for a 12-month fellowship that includes mentoring, fundraising support, and wilderness-based programs that teach leadership and business skills while building a lifelong support network. The Fellowship is open to US and Canadian residents age 21-35 who are launching a social venture. Fellows cannot be full-time students.


    UM3 Detroit

    Thurs, May 3, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm @ U-M Dearborn

    The second annual UM3 Detroit conference is an interdisciplinary gathering that brings together researchers, educators, and students from Detroit-based organizations and the three University of Michigan campuses to share and strengthen connections to Detroit and each other. With lightning talks, panels, posters and conversations, the day-long conference will feature U-M President Mark Schlissel and is sponsored by the Provost’s Office.


    TFF Challenge

    Sign up by Fri, May 4

    TFF Challenge is a competition for social ventures in the space of food and agriculture, Their pitch deadline for all teams is May 4. In order to be eligible to enter the Startup Bootcamp, up to $25,000 in grant funding, and a full expenses-paid trip to the TFF Academy and Global Summit in Rio de Janeiro, all participating teams need to fulfill the submission requirements.


    Positive Business Conference

    May 10-11 @ Ross School of Business

    Culture is key. Businesses with positive cultures enjoy larger profits, better performance, and happier employees. And thriving employees are more committed and satisfied with their jobs. Develop a strategy for a sustainable positive culture at the Michigan Ross Positive Business Conference, May 10-11. Our theme, “Right from the start: building and sustaining a positive culture from startup to scale,” will provide valuable insights and research you can apply immediately to change business for the better.


    Good Tech Fest

    May 22-24 @ Cobo Center, Detroit

    The social sector is changing. Nonprofits, foundations, social enterprises, and government agencies are looking to find ways to utilize data and technology to further their missions. Good Tech Fest is for the leaders that want to find innovative ways to leverage technology and the technologists who want to apply their skills for real global change.