2021 Business+Impact Showcase

2021 Business+Impact Showcase

Our 2021 4th Annual B+I Showcase is a tabled event in Michigan Ross’ 6th Floor Tauber Colloquium with multiple centers, institutes, clubs, and courses represented.  As a visitor, you will have the opportunity to talk to multiple groups across campus during the event, which runs Tues, Sept. 14 from 11 am – 1 pm.  

Be sure to plan ahead by checking out this a listing of the groups exhibiting!

2021 Business+Impact Showcase Exhibitors:

ACED is a Ross School of Business student organization that aims to provide a professional, educational, and social platform for students and participants to learn about the impacts of Asian development on society, culture, and the global economy. The purpose of the organization is to help members develop their professional perspectives on emerging business opportunities in Asia. We pride ourselves in providing our members with an abundance of resources and activities such as annual business conferences (previously named Wassup China), monthly social gatherings with free food, weekly education sessions, mentorship pairings, and consulting projects to create a well-rounded experience for understanding Asia and the global economy today. Our members come out of ACED able to analyze the economic developments in Asia with a critical lens, understanding history, policies, and cultural factors that play a role in decision making and the business world, as well as preparation to enter the world of Asian business post-graduation. Overall, ACED aims to create networks of students interested in the Asian business world, giving them meaningful interactions with peers and facilitating educational discourse for professional development.

The BBA DEI Committee works to improve all student experiences by creating and maintaining action-based structures dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within Ross, and establishing meaningful connections between Michigan Ross students, staff and faculty members, and Ross School Leadership. We are a committee within the BBA Council that sits under the VP of DEI, and consists of five positions of equal authority, general members, and committee chairs. The DEI Committee envisions a Michigan Ross community that is not only as diverse as the global communities that Ross works to empower, but upholds a level of equity and inclusivity that affords each student the opportunity, and confidence, to utilize their unique experiences socially and academically.

The Black Business Undergraduate Society
is committed to the professional development of its members. While we first emphasize achievement in the classroom, we secondly emphasize development of effective skills to thrive in professional settings. BBUS provides opportunities of professional learning and growth in various areas such as résumé development, interview preparation, networking, and personal branding.


Every year millions of individuals around the world unnecessarily suffer from treatable health conditions due to lack of access to basic medical supplies and equipment. Simultaneously, the US healthcare system annually disposes of 12 billion pounds of unused, usable medical goods valued on the order of billions of dollars. Blueprints for Pangaea‘s mission is to reallocate unused medical supplies from areas of excess to areas in need. By collecting and shipping supplies abroad, we’re changing the fate of these precious medical resources and lives.


Blueprints For Pangaea (B4P) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit medical surplus recovery organization (MSRO) that provides sustainable solutions to inefficient health care resource distribution. B4P is a network of university chapters united in addressing global health care inequalities by reallocating excess, unused medical supplies—that would otherwise be discarded—from U.S. hospitals and suppliers to areas of need overseas. B4P then arranges transport of these supplies to foreign hospitals, enabling affordable, higher quality patient care overseas.  With fewer medical resources to process, our partner hospitals are able to cut expenses and reduce their environmental footprints while gaining community goodwill.

Michigan Ross seeks to build a better world through business. Business+Impact is the central hub for these efforts, providing ideas and solutions to address the global challenges of our generation. We aim to embed impact deeply into every core activity of Ross, including teaching, research, and outreach. As such, impact is not a silo, but an integral part of the DNA of our business school. 

Ross already has a strong reputation for impact, with centers and institutes focused on worldwide challenges, and one fifth of incoming students expressing an interest in impact careers. But as we go forward, in addition to our existing programs and Impact Gateway, we will pursue the creation of a new +Impact Studio for coworking, a social innovation series to disseminate impact research, and deeper engagement with Detroit.


The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) offers curricular and co-curricular programs for students from all schools/colleges. Whether you’re a student who is looking to learn about entrepreneurship or seek out resources to advance your entrepreneurial ideas, we have a program for you!

Our programs encourage students to “think big” and tackle large society problems in fields such as medicine, education, climate change, and mobility. Through mentorship, teaching, and coaching, students exit our programs with how to leverage their entrepreneurial mindset with their entrepreneurial aspirations and goals.

Programs and Events to Note

At the Center for Positive Organizations (CPO), we build a better world through the science and practice of thriving organizations. Nearly 20 years ago, we pioneered a new field of inquiry at Michigan Ross—Positive Organizational Scholarship—that sought to understand the characteristics, practices, and principles that create a thriving organization.

Students can get involved at CPO in a number of ways. Register for one of CPO’s Thriving Accelerator Workshop Series events, open to all U-M students, to engage with Ross thought leaders and with world-renowned tools to deepen self-awareness and the ability to resource others. Check out the Magnify Immersion Program, a 7-week, 6-credit spring term program for undergraduate students to bring the science of thriving to life in partner organizations. Gain inspiring and practical research-based strategies for building organizations from top thought leaders at our monthly Positive Links which are free and open to the public. Explore the undergraduate class listing or the graduate class listing to find a course to add to your academic schedule.

C.K. Prahalad

One of the world’s most influential business thinkers and one of the most beloved teachers at the University of Michigan, the late C.K. Prahalad created the idea of “next practices”— innovations in strategy and management that spark competitive advantage and seed the transformation of an industry or organization. He pioneered the idea that the base of the global socio-economic pyramid could provide profit opportunities for businesses. Prahalad believed that through these opportunities, businesses could pursue sustainable growth while playing a role in alleviating poverty.

The C.K. Prahalad Initiative

In that spirit, the C.K. Prahalad Initiative at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business carries on Prahalad’s work by focusing on research that generates innovations and creates new products and business models for consumers at the base of the pyramid. Founded in 2012, it provides Michigan Ross students with opportunities to work with some of the largest and most influential companies in the world and, with business partners and faculty, pursue fundamental questions about the role of business in society. Program offerings include our signature C.K. Prahalad MAPs (action-based learning projects for MBAs), fellowships, and research awards.

Community Consulting Club (CCC) at Ross School of Business offers pro-bono management consulting services for local non-profit organizations in southeastern Michigan to address challenges such as strategic planning, marketing, operations, financial management, and human resources. Each year, the club oversees 10 to 15 consulting projects that involve University of Michigan students who gain invaluable experience while local non-profits receive expert business advice that they otherwise would be unable to afford. Through the Community Consulting club, the students have completed 180 projects for 45 clients. The CCC provides a unique combination of training and education, practical consulting experience, and the opportunity to make an impact on the local community. PWC Strategy&   is actively involved by mentoring teams that work on the projects. At the end of the semester, the top team projects are presented to PWC Strategy& consultants at the annual CCC Gala competition.

The Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) is a program that brings together small businesses with University of Michigan students, faculty and staff to solve business owners’ legal, financial, marketing, operational, and design challenges. 

We promote economic and community development in Detroit by providing strategic consulting services and support to local, neighborhood-based small businesses in the areas of law, business, public policy, computer science, and design.

Students can get involved by taking a DNEP class, applying for one of the Center’s DNEP accounting consultant jobs, or by interning with DNEP +Impact Studio for Local Business. The program is managed by the Center on Finance, Law & Policy at the Ford School of Public Policy.

Education + Business (E+B) connects Ross students interested in the education sector with each other, graduate students from across campus, and local and national education organizations. Through dynamic programming, our club aims to create dialogue about trends, challenges and opportunities related to the future of PreK-12 and higher education. 

On-campus, we collaborate with numerous other education-related clubs and organizations on campus to spur cross-campus dialogue about education through co-hosted events and social gatherings. 

Off-campus, we work with public charter schools on projects ranging from grassroots fundraising campaigns to after-school business-readiness programming for high school students.

At the Erb Institute, our mission is to create a socially and environmentally sustainable world through the power of business. We fulfill our mission through our educational programs, faculty and research, and business engagement. We are home to the MBA/MS dual degree graduate program, a partnership between the Ross School of Business and the School for Environment and Sustainability. We couple the rigorous action-based learning offered at Michigan Ross with the systems thinking and interdisciplinary education of SEAS to deliver the knowledge and leadership skills you need to enact change in an organization. In just two and half to three years, you can graduate with two degrees, unlimited opportunities for impact and a lifelong community of purpose driven peers. The undergraduate Erb Fellows program is the first of its kind at the University of Michigan, combining business and sustainability at the undergraduate level, designed to deliver unique experiences with real-world impact to the undergraduate population.  Both programs combine unparalleled co-curricular learning experiences, access to our robust network of alumni and business leaders and opportunities for funded projects and most importantly, a community of like minded peers, all eager to transform the world.

The Ginsberg Center is a community and civic engagement center with a mission to cultivate and steward equitable partnerships between communities and the University of Michigan in order to advance social change for the public good. We support students and student organizations in creating positive social change through multiple forms of community engagement.


The Global Initiatives team manages a wide range of international business opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. These international experiences provide the foundation for students to lead as culturally-intelligent global citizens, in both their personal lives and in their careers. For specific questions, contact a Global Initiatives team member at ross-globalinitiatives@umich.edu.

Habitat for Humanity at the University of Michigan is committed to building simple, decent, and affordable housing for low-income families in our community and around the world. We strive to make a difference in the lives of those looking for a hand up, not a hand out.

Each Saturday, the UM Habitat for Humanity holds a Build Day at the Habitat house we are co-sponsoring. We also volunteer two Sundays a month at the Delonis Center Soup Kitchen. Anyone is welcome to volunteer for Build Days or Soup Kitchens.

We are a studio for impact creators and innovators. Launched within the Business+Impact Initiative in 2019, the +Impact Studio mission is to bring impactful ideas to life using business and design tools along with research expertise from our university community. 

Our team’s unique blend of expertise powers this work, with experience in design innovation and behavioral science, social entrepreneurship, social work, tech, and higher education, along with digital design and technical skills.

Impact Investing Group (IIG) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and we operate a $15,000 fund that we use to provide micro-loans to small businesses. Our club has three distinct branches: Consulting, Impact Microfinance Fund, and Research. Through these, we strive to motivate, empower, and educate undergraduate students about Impact Investing. With a strong emphasis on professional development, our members are exposed to business and impact with first-hand experience and learning opportunities.

Net Impact is a community of over 150 chapters and 30,000 changemakers, who are using their jobs and skills to tackle the world’s toughest problems. 

The University of Michigan’s Undergraduate Chapter, housed in the Ross School of Business, is open to all undergraduate students. Our aim is to put our education to work throughout every sector, showing the world that it is possible to make an impact that benefits not just the bottom line, but the people and the planet too. We focus on building an educational, professional, and social atmosphere for our members to develop their intersectional interests. Check out our Sustainability or Social Impact committees and the variety of professional development events we offer at Net Impact. 

Net Impact @ Ross is a professional club and community for Ross MBA students committed to driving social change. We are part of a broader international network of business leaders committed to responsible business models, policies and practices. Net Impact members seek to integrate this commitment into the mission, values, strategy and operations of organizations in which they are involved.

Using business as our vehicle, we’re pretty excited to change the world!

Open Road at Ross is an established action-based social entrepreneurship program developed by Ross students and powered by Business+Impact and the Ford Motor Company. The aim of the program is to give small business owners extra hands in solving complex challenges and to help students gain real experience understanding the various issues social ventures face.

Over the course of five weeks, students drive from state to state meeting socially- and environmentally-driven entrepreneurs. Students spend one week on-site in each location, working closely with the entrepreneur, to provide a solution or recommendation to a business problem they are facing. At the end of each week, students pack up the car and hit the road again to meet with the next entrepreneur!

optiMize is an organization at U-M that offers programs, courses, mentorship, and funding for students of all ages and majors to work on self-directed projects. We create a supportive community for you to build skills, pursue passions, and take action —whether that means starting a company, creating a student org, collaborating with an existing organization, launching a creative project, developing an activist effort, or whatever method works for you to create impact!

Our flagship program is the optiMize Social Innovation Challenge — it’s an incubator for students to develop self-directed projects and ideas for social impact. It offers personalized mentorship, supportive community, action-based workshops, and a chance to pitch for up to $10,000. You can join with an existing project or new idea. Everyone is welcome — from first-year undergraduates to PhD candidates, from all 3 UM campuses, from all degree programs, and from partner community colleges across the state of Michigan.

University of Michigan Poverty Solutions logo. Image is of the University of Michigan big block letter M in yellow and the words Poverty Solutions below.Poverty Solutions is a university-wide presidential initiative at the University of Michigan that partners with communities and policymakers to find new ways to prevent and alleviate poverty through action-based research. In confronting the challenges of poverty, we know scholars don’t have all the answers. Yet we have an important role to play. We can bring data, evidence, and analysis to identify critical issues and evidence-based solutions. Working in partnership, we can inform concrete action that empowers families to live healthy and productive lives.

The Law School launched the Problem Solving Initiative (PSI) in Winter 2017 to bring together students and faculty from law and other disciplines to actively apply creative problem solving, collaboration, and design thinking skills to complex, pressing challenges in a classroom setting.

Since 2017, students and faculty from a range of U-M units, including Nursing, the Campus Farm, Engineering, History of Art, Information, Sociology, SEAS, Medicine, and Business, have worked on a wide array of challenges as part of the Problem Solving Initiative.

PSI classes allow students to learn about topics such as sustainable food systems, connected and automated vehicles, human trafficking, “fake news,” firearm violence, and new music business models. At the same time, these classes allow students to learn about and apply tools, such as problem reframing, practicing empathy, prototyping, and more, that they will continue to apply in other classes, collaborative efforts, and the workplace.


To educate students at the University of Michigan on the intersection between positive business and social impact; and to work alongside local organizations, developing initiatives to maximuze their impact.


Propel Business Club offers Venture – teams of 5-6 members that work on semester-long projects in partnership with local socially-conscious businesses – or Pursue, student-led entrepreneurial projects that collaborate with local organizations. Prospective members choose whether to spend each semester either in Pursue or Venture, but both are great ways to drive impact while learning and applying business skills.

The Michigan Ross Career Development Office has decided to continue hosting all recruiting activities virtually. This includes presentations, interviews, coffee chats, workshops, case prep, etc. As guidelines change and restrictions ease, we will adjust as long as we can be equitable to the students. 

The Smart Cities Club at the University of Michigan was launched in 2015 to provide students across all disciplines and backgrounds with an outlet to learn about the intersection of business, government, policy, technology, and impact. In addition, the club provides students with opportunities to pursue a civic mindset regardless of specific career paths or concentrations and build community with like-minded students and professionals.

Student Opportunities

  • Increase opportunities for civic-minded interdisciplinary learning
  • Engage like-minded local stakeholders (other groups at UofM, local Ann Arbor organizations, etc.) to build community
  • Prepare members to advance the intersection of government, technology, and business, no matter what career or sector they pursue

The Social Venture Fund (SVF) at the University of Michigan invests in and supports innovative companies that place social or environmental impact at the heart of their business model. SVF provides an unparalleled action-based learning experience, which places equal importance on maximizing financial returns and socially/environmentally-driven venture investing and entrepreneurship.

The Student Sustainability Coalition (SSC) aims to promote a sustainable campus culture at the University of Michigan, by bringing people together to achieve social change. SSC uses the Collective Impact Framework to create a mutually defined common agenda and shared vision that unifies campus-wide student sustainability efforts.

SSC isn’t a club or member organization — rather, we’re a small group of students who work closely with the Graham Sustainability Institute, the Office of Campus Sustainability, Student Life, and the many student organizations on campus to advance sustainability. To that end, we’re here to build connections, foster new partnerships, and amplify initiatives already underway.

The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, and many industry partners to facilitate cross-disciplinary education in global operations management. Well-designed and managed team projects form the cornerstone of the Tauber Institute experience and allow students to apply their knowledge to real world settings. The Tauber Institute has grown to become the premier multidisciplinary operations program in the world and is the proud inaugural winner of the UPS George D. Smith Prize for effective and innovative preparation of students to be good practitioners of operations research, management science, or analytics.

Since 1989, the University of Michigan Solar Car Team has been designing, building, and racing some of America’s most innovative solar vehicles. Aside from an incredible learning experience that provides a multidisciplinary team of students with the opportunity to gain real world experience, the team has also partnered with various companies and academic institutions over its history in order to help advance the research of electric vehicles and solar science. Every two years, the team designs, builds, and races a new solar-powered vehicle, building off of previous experiences and looking for new ways to integrate the latest technology. The team collaborates in a truly multidisciplinary environment where students apply their learning to everything from corporate and community outreach, accounting, HRM, and marketing to designing and engineering a functional car in order to help educate its members and grow the influence and knowledge of renewable technology.

The UMSI Engaged Learning Office (ELO) facilitates transformational, high-quality engaged learning experiences for students. The ELO: 

  • Prepares students to be change agents in information professions and culturally and socially conscious alumni and citizens
  • Provides inclusive, equitable and innovative information solutions to the local and global community throughout diverse sectors 
  • Leads the field of engaged learning, globally and domestically, among information schools and at the University of Michigan

The ELO works with a wide range of community partners from all industry types and sectors, ranging from Fortune 500 tech companies to grassroots social services non-profits and to cultural and heritage industries in a variety of project-based opportunities. The ELO focuses on civic engagement, design and innovation, entrepreneurship, research experiences, and global/volunteer opportunities  Community partners can engage with  students as a means to amplify the impact of their information systems and to increase their internal knowledge of appropriate and novel information practices. To learn more about ELO programs and opportunities, visit our website or contact umsi.engagement@umich.edu.

UMSFP organizes and amplifies student voices calling for a more just and sustainable food system. We work with various organizations on and off campus to make our food system more sustainable, sovereign and just. We leverage connections and collective knowledge to innovate student-centered food justice initiatives on campus. Some of our main collaborators are the Campus Farm and the Maize and Blue Cupboard. One of our initiatives include a student run Farm Ftand, selling produce grown by students at the Campus Farm to students on campus, used as an immersive education platform. We also hold an annual Harvest Fest, celebrating all things food at the Campus Farm. Student orgs, non-profits, and local businesses join us to make a community focused food event. Rooting for Change is our main event in the Winter semester, raising student voices by allowing them to share their food justice stories and passions. We also have four working groups where students can get directly involved in Anti-Racist work, Personal and Community resilienece, Networking and Leadership, or Farm Stand Education. Lastly, we have a mini-grant program for students and orgs who are working on food or justice related projects. Money for this program is raised at the Farm Stand, completing the circle of student run food.

Housed within the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, the Weiser Center for Real Estate connects the next generation of real estate professionals with the tools necessary to make a positive impact on built environments in the U.S. and across the globe.  The Center serves as a hub for all things real estate at the University of Michigan, providing students with educational and professional development opportunities, supporting applied research responsive to the needs of industry and policy makers, and serving as a catalyst for interdisciplinary collaboration at the University and beyond.

Established at the University of Michigan in 1992, the William Davidson Institute is an independent, non-profit research and educational organization. Serving both profit-seeking and non-profit firms, WDI is guided by our founding principle that thriving businesses drive economic development and improve social welfare in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Our consulting work focuses on developing, adapting and applying sound business principles in four interrelated sectors necessary for a thriving economy: professional education, energy, healthcare, finance and labor practices  in addition to offering performance measurement and improvement services that span these sectors. Our training programs harness the latest innovations in education, providing world-class management training opportunities for the global leaders of today and tomorrow. With a unique blend of field-based experience and academic rigor, WDI works to build stronger economies and healthier societies. For over 25 years, WDI has been committed to supporting and enhancing the global emerging market experiences of students at the University of Michigan. Learn more about our Student Opportunities, including Business & Culture: A Virtual Practum, a WDI-managed course at the Ross School of Business, which will be offered during the Winter 2022 Semester for undergraduate students.

The Zell Lurie Institute brings together an impactful combination of deep-seated knowledge, enriching experiences and strategic opportunities from the front lines of entrepreneurship and alternative investment. Students’ learning experiences are further enhanced through internships, entrepreneurial programs, business competitions, and campus-wide events that foster valuable networking and engage the business community. The five student-led investment funds at Michigan Ross, with over $10M under management, immerse students in the entrepreneurial business sourcing, assessment, and investment process.