September 2020 Newsletter

MBA2 Gordon Impact Scholarship Application Due

Application due: 11:59 pm, Sun, Sept. 27

Are you an MBA2 committed to addressing complex social challenges?

This year the Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship Fund will award two scholarships to MBA2s who have a strong impact focus, but you must apply by Sun, Sept. 27 at 11:59 pm.One of last year’s winners, Emma Kwenu Smith (MBA ’20), said, “As a first-generation college student from Ghana, coming to business school in the US and dedicating myself to impact was a very expensive decision. The route I’ve chosen would not have been possible without this scholarship.”

APPLY HERE


A Searchable Platform for All Things Impact at Ross and Across Campus


The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 

 

IMPACT GATEWAY


Ross Event Highlights:

Ross Alumni Relations: BackPac Co-Founders’ Lunch
Fri, Sept. 18 @ Noon EDT
Online

Tauber: Spotlight! Showcase
Fri, Sept. 11 @ 8 am – 4 pm EDT
Online

Visit the B+I Virtual Showcase Page Anytime!


We recently held a B+I Virtual Showcase tabling event, featuring 27 exhibitors from impact clubs, departments, and organizations across campus. Our live event took place on Thurs, Sept 3, but you can still take advantage of this invaluable resource now, asynchronously. Our Showcase Page is still live, and and features websites, descriptions, and slide shows from our exhibitors.

VIsit Showcase Page


 

+Impact Studio Insights

The +Impact Studio brings impactful ideas to life using business and design tools along with university research expertise. We are excited to share our experience designing for impact with others seeking to create positive change on our Medium Journal! Posts feature insights and news and share learnings about designing for a better world. Social Impact Design for Business is a new podcast series from the studio. Follow this podcast series for stories from leaders in design, impact, and business.

The +Impact Studio also collaborated with the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) of the UM Center on Finance, Law, & Policy and the Ford School of Public Policy to launch the Impact Studio for Local Business to help businesses in Southeast Michigan respond to and adapt to challenges caused by the pandemic.  These open source tools and guides are available here!

 

SPOTLIGHT

Maab Ibrahim (MBA/MPP ’16)

Learn more about alum Maab Ibrahim (MBA/MPP ’16), Inclusion grantmaking lead at Google.org, a data-driven, human-focused philanthropy powered by Google. Through a unique blend of funding, products, and technical expertise from Google volunteers, she is currently accelerating the progress of nonprofits that use data science and innovative new approaches to advance social justice.

Read More

At the University:

GINSBERG CENTER

Pathways to Civic Engagement

The Pathways to Civic Engagement and Community Change describes a range of possibilities by which you can engage in and contribute to communities to further U-M’s mission and exercise your own power to create a better world. These pathways intersect and overlap, demonstrating the interdependent nature of working toward the common good.

More Info


 

MUNGER GRADUATE PROGRAM

Case Competition and Scavenger Hunt

Each year, Munger challenges teams of graduate/professional students to address important topics through its Case Competition.  This semester, the competition is open to graduate students from all Big 10 schools!  So U-M  students will be able to collaborate with other Big 10 schools.This year’s competition will complement the Big Ten Voting Challenge, a friendly competition to increase student voting rates across the Conference.

Also every Fall Munger runs a Scavenger Hunt, featuring all of the opportunities available to U-M grad students.  Although usually in persion, this year, the hunt is online.

Munger Case Competition
Munger Scavenger Hunt

 


 

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING

Poverty: Looking from the Inside Out

Tues, Sept. 22 – Oct. 6 @ 10 – 11:30 am
Online, Cost: $20


Explore the dynamics of poverty—looking at what keeps people in it, what’s needed to break out of it, and how we can all play a role in building community to end poverty. Instructor Suzanne Van Dam will lead the study group on Tuesdays from September 22 through October 6. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.

More Info

 


 

COMMUNITY ACTION & SOCIAL CHANGE

So Cool, So Just Org. Fair

Thurs, Sept. 24 @ 11 am – 1 pm
Online


The So Cool So Just (SCSJ) Organization Fair is hosted by the Community Action and Social Change (CASC) Undergraduate Minor and the Ginsberg Center. Since 2012, the fair has created space for organizations to connect with students seeking opportunities to get involved on campus, build community with other social justice organizations, and share activities and programs related to social change.

More Info

 

In the Impact Community:

United Way 21 Day Equity Challenge

United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC), has a vision that by 2030 your zip code will no longer determine your opportunity in life.  At present– in Washtenaw County and our State– it does. In response to newly available data on the wellbeing of households in our State who are Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, and Employed (ALICE), United Ways across Michigan are launching a special State Edition of the 21 Day Equity Challenge. This version of the Equity Challenge is designed to take participants through a state-level exploration of the history and impacts of racism and how it has shaped the lives of people in Michigan.  Along the way, participants will be equipped with resources and tools to take action for racial equity in their work and lives. Join us!

Learn more


Impact Design Collaborative is Looking to Hire U-M Students

Impact Design Collaborative is a nonprofit evidence-based design firm founded by students at the University of Michigan and focused on using design as a means to promote a more sustainable and just society. The collaborative provides research at the intersection of design & activism and collaborates on projects with community partners. They are looking for creative, impact-driven individuals to join the team and feel confident that U-M students involved in impact work would be ideal. 

Learn more

 


Give Merit FATE Program Seeks Mentors

Give Merit is a Detroit-based nonprofit serving high school students that seeks to enhance and extend educational opportunities to underserved youth through innovative enrichment and mentorship activity. Give Merit is looking for additional mentors to volunteer with our FATE Program during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Check out this video to learn more about the FATE Program!

If you are interested in mentoring for the FATE Program during the 2020-2021 academic year, email Give Merit’s Program Director, Rachel Mazzaro, at rmazzaro@umich.edu for more information!


Wege Prize

APPLY NOW

Wege Prize 2021 will again be open to undergraduate and graduate students from anywhere in the world, and will again be focused on the circular economy. When does it start? Well, right now! The Team Application period has been open since August, but final deliverables and team names are due next month.


Application Information


Nonprofit Management Institute 2020

SEPT. 22-24
ONLINE

Focused in particular on the way Covid-19 is reshaping the social sector, this online conference through the Stanford Social Innovation Review will feature numerous speakers from inside and around the nonprofit sector who are at the top of their game, who will discuss everything from in-person board meetings to philanthropy and collective action.

Info and Registration

 


Epic Social Ventures

APPLY BY WED, SEPT. 30
FINAL ROUND: FRI, NOV. 20

The Social Ventures Foundation mission is to facilitate sustainable market creation at the Bottom of the Pyramid by identifying, promoting and facilitating the investment in social ventures that employ the poor to lift the livelihoods of the poor. The End Poverty Innovation Challenge is at the heart of the Foundation’s mission, EPIC facilitates a pipeline to facilitate the identification, recognition, promotion and investment in the most impactful and of outstanding   sustainable social ventures that can scale and make a difference to millions of the world’s poor. 

Application Information


Upswell

OCT. 14-16
PITTSBURGH / ONLINE

Upswell 2020 is about the two most important things facing every changemaker in the United States: ending racism and recovering from the pandemic. So, Upswell is inviting you to show up. Because it’s going to take the very best you’ve got – and the very best the rest of us have got – to heal our nation and create a society where every person can thrive. Registration options are designed to ensure that every changemaker has the opportunity to participate.

More info


Grinnell Prize

NOMINATIONS DUE: SAT, OCT. 31

The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize (the Grinnell Prize) honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Each prize carries an award of $50,000, half to the winning individual(s) and half to their related, nominated organization.

More info

 

August 2020 Newsletter

Engage with 30+ UM Impact Groups at the B+I Virtual Showcase

Thurs, Sept. 3 @ Noon – 1:30 pm
on Zoom

Welcome new and returning students! Come discover opportunities to make a difference in the places where you live and work, at the school, and around the world. As part of our mission to make students aware of impact opportunities across campus, we invite students to our third annual Business+Impact Showcase on Sept. 3 from Noon – 1:30 pm. This is a virtual tabled event hosted on Zoom, and students will have a chance to meet with over 30 organizations and map out their U-M impact journeys.

FIND OUT MORE


Nonprofit Board Fellowship Info Session and Application

Business+Impact’s Nonprofit Board Fellowship Program places top graduate students as non-voting members on boards of Southeast Michigan nonprofits. An application for the program is available on our website, and is due Fri, Sept. 11 at noon. Application instructions and a student information sheet are also available. A video of a mandatory info session will be on the B+I website by the first day of classes (8/31) With all the challenges that nonprofit organizations of various types face in the current times, with the COVID crisis, this promises to be an interesting and rewarding year for the program, and masters students across U-M are invited to apply.

LEARN MORE


+Impact Studio Supports Local Businesses and Impactful Prototypes

 

The +Impact Studio is a studio for impact creators and innovators that brings impactful ideas to life using business, design, and research expertise. This summer, Impact Design Fellows in the interdisciplinary +Impact Design Lab (Justin Wood (MSW/MBA), Elizabeth Sofranek (MBA), and Lucy Jiang (MSI) have been hard at work moving projects forward for long term impact. Their focus has been on nurturing a prototype from last year’s course, supporting a community of innovators across U-M, and sharing learnings on designing for impact on Medium.

This summer, the +Impact Studio also collaborated with the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) of the UM Center on Finance, Law, & Policy and the Ford School of Public Policy to launch the Impact Studio for Local Business to help businesses in Southeast Michigan respond to and adapt to challenges caused by the pandemic. Led by Ross faculty Chris Mueller, 37 Ross and Ford school students worked with small businesses across the restaurant, retail, and personal services sectors to identify pain points and opportunity spaces to develop scalable solutions. These open source tools and guides are available here!

+Impact Studio Course: Designing for Resiliency Through the Pandemic

In the interdisciplinary studio course BA670, graduate students gain a mindset, process, and set of tools and experiences for developing impactful solutions to societal challenges, a toolkit that is also desired by top employers across industries. This fall, students in BA670 will engage local businesses and nonprofits to design solutions for tackling challenges and increasing resiliency through the pandemic. Students can still register to be part of this impactful experience.


 

Insights from the +Impact Studio Community

Part of our mission to bring impactful ideas to life includes reflecting and sharing our learning with others working to create impact. In order to share these ideas in a blog format and reach a wider audience we created a new Medium site!


Stories of Impact from Summer Impact Interns

In the summer of 2020, Business+Impact supported student internship opportunities with different types of organizations. Students from Ross and Ford created impact through virtual internships where they developed skills in business and policy that expanded their horizons exponentially. Read eight snapshots of student experiences from this summer and see testimonials of students who previously participated in Give-A-Day Fund internships.

READ MORE

Admissions: Ask Me Anything: Diversity at Ross
Thurs, Aug. 20
@ 7 pm EDT
Online

Tauber: Spotlight! Showcase
Fri, Sept. 11 @ 8 am – 4 pm EDT
Online

Watch for Business+Impact at the following events in September


Business+Impact is built on the foundational belief that diverse views and voices strengthen our ability to affect change. As such, we partner with businesses, nonprofits, social enterprises, and other academic units so our students have profound experiences and see tangible results. In the interest of sharing our opportunities with students, we will be taking part in a number of virtual programs across campus and speaking one-on-one with them virtually as they begin planning for the academic year. Below are places where we will be found:


BackPac App Connects Nonprofits and Activists

BackPac is a new app founded by Ross alums and developed through TechArb and Ross’ Living Business Leadership Experience. Backpac helps those who want to find connections with nonprofits, and is currently working with many nonprofits in Washtenaw and Wayne counties to source virtual and in-person volunteers and funds needed to adress the many challenges arising due to the current pandemic. In a recent SE Michigan Ross Alumni meeting, BackPac presented opportunities and demonstrated the online app. You can view opportunities around you for yourself at app.backpac.co. Two of BackPac’s co-founders are now working full time on the company. They have also scaled their development team from one to five full time developers, which has helped them accelerate progress. B+I is proud of what BackPac has accomplished already and where they are headed in the future.

READ MORE HERE

News & Notes

RACIAL JUSTICE:

COVID-19:

OTHER:

At the University:

ENGAGED MICHIGAN

Community Engagement Online Mini-Course

Developed by an interdisciplinary team of content experts from U-M, the Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change massive open online course (MOOC) is designed to help both novices and seasoned practitioners of community engagement work more effectively with communities and organizations, both domestically and abroad.

More Info


 

MICHIGAN ONLINE

Enroll Any Time for these Teach-outs

Michigan Online offers a variety of learning experiences from individual courses to fully online degrees. Included in these offerings are short online learning ‘teach-outs’ on important topics facing society. Learn more about the items below and other items, and start learning now!

 


 

NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND RADIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Fastest Path to Zero Summit II

Tues, Sept. 15 @ Noon – 1:30 pm
Online


Join the University of Michigan and Third Way, a public policy think tank based in Washington, DC, for the second annual Fastest Path to Zero Summit. This year, to protect the health of all those involved, the summit will be a virtual series. The summit will bring together leading climate advocates, philanthropists, labor leaders, elected officials, academics, and media from across the Midwest and the nation.

More Info


 

FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Women of Color on the Rise


Tues, Sept. 15 @ 4 pm
Online


Join Ford School professor Celeste Watkins-Hayes. for a discussion with Cecilia Muñoz about her new book, More than Ready: Be Strong and Be You . . . and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise.

More Info



In the Impact Community:

Impact Foundry Webinars

Offering comprehensive resources, from a professionally-staffed library, access to a grant funder database, from fundraising workshops to management networking, the Impact Foundry enables new and existing nonprofits to improve management, operations, fund development, marketing & public relations, board development and more.



Full Calendar of Events


Council of Michigan Foundations

Thurs, Aug. 20 @ 1 – 3:30 pm EDT
Online

Join the Council of Michigan Foundations, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Community Resources and Co.act Detroit as they explore how nonprofit boards in these exceptional times can demonstrate leadership, serve as a valued partner and support team culture. A panel of nonprofit executives will discuss the role of boards in preparing for the long-term implications of COVID-19 and how to engage in their organization’s racial justice work while considering the larger question of how governance structures can promote equity, or reinforce inequity. 

Information and Registration


Wege Prize

Applications Start Tues, Aug. 25
Apply by Mon, Nov. 9

Wege Prize 2021 will again be open to undergraduate and graduate students from anywhere in the world, and will again be focused on the circular economy. When does it start? Well, right now! The Team Application period has been open since August, but final deliverables and team names are due next month.

Application Information


The Color of Law, The Color of Money – Restorative Solutions to Redress the Racial Wealth Gap


Thurs, Aug. 27 @ 2:30 – 3:30 pm EDT
Skills Workshop @ 3:30 – 4:30 pm EDT
Online

Net Impact will explore a few innovative ideas and solutions for building capital in Black communities and closing the wealth gap, which include Path to 15-55 and “baby bonds” as discussed by guest Tynesia Boyea-Robinson and Derrick Hamilton. At the end of the first hour, you are invited to join a second hour for a skills-building workshop led by Tynesia. This interactive session will expand on the themes and specific examples discussed in Part 1, and provide attendees a broader framework that can help them understand how to leverage the tools of capitalism for social outcomes.

Event Info


Nonprofit Management Institute 2020

Sept. 22-24
Online

Focused in particular on the way Covid-19 is reshaping the social sector, this online conference through the Stanford Social Innovation Review will feature numerous speakers from inside and around the nonprofit sector who are at the top of their game, who will discuss everything from in-person board meetings to philanthropy and collective action.

Info and Registration


Epic Social Ventures


Apply now

The Social Ventures Foundation mission is to facilitate sustainable market creation at the Bottom of the Pyramid by identifying, promoting and facilitating the investment in social ventures that employ the poor to lift the livelihoods of the poor. The End Poverty Innovation Challenge is at the heart of the Foundation’s mission, EPIC facilitates a pipeline to facilitate the identification, recognition, promotion and investment in the most impactful and of outstanding   sustainable social ventures that can scale and make a difference to millions of the world’s poor. 

Application Information



Summer 2020 Newsletter

Anti-Racism and Racial Justice


Business+Impact stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the Ross School of Business BBSA. With Business+Impact we aim to build a better world through powerful ideas and solutions to address the global challenges of our time. We are committed to the work of dismantling the structures of systemic racism, advancing racial justice in America, and building an equitable and sustainable future. We recognize that we must examine how we live our values each day, and seek to continually educate ourselves and others in the fight for justice and equity. Below are some featured items and a link to a resource page.

 

+Impact Studio News

Impact Design Lab 
The Impact Design Lab provides interdisciplinary coaching and support for early-stage impact prototypes developed through the course and other impact projects. The Lab offers guidance on design thinking, social impact, and innovation, and helps connect projects into the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem at UM.  

Impact Design Summer Fellowship
This summer, a team of Impact Design Fellows with business, digital design, and technical skills are collaborating with Studio faculty and staff to bring the work of the studio from prototype to launch. The Fellows– Lucy Jiang (MSI), Justin Woods (MBA/MSW), and Elizabeth Sofranek (MBA) will bring their interdisciplinary skills to a project prototype designed to advance equity.

They are joined in the Impact Design Fellowship by student Fellows working on course prototypes at external organizations or impact projects/ventures, including: Alyshia Dyer (MPP), Justin Woods (MBA/MSW), Zichen Wang (MS, Design Science), Ruchita Lodha (MSI), Bennett Hilkert (BBA), Stephanie Shoo (BBA/BSE), and Rodney Sherwin Shibu (BSE).

You can read insights from Impact Design Fellow Justin Woods in the article, 5 Ineffective Ways Organizations Respond to Racial Trauma and participate in a series of three webinars on racial justice next week. Stayed tuned for more news from the Impact Design Lab this summer! 

+Impact Studio for Local Business
This summer B+I is working with partners at Michigan Ross and the Ford School of Public Policy to help small businesses in Detroit adapt and innovate in the wake of COVID-19 through a program called Impact Studio for Local Business. Business and Public Policy students in the program support the Southeast Michigan community and help build a more resilient local ecosystem.

LEARN MORE

 


Announcing the 2020 Impact Interns

Each summer, Business+Impact awards competitive grants for summer internships to MBAs and BBA juniors in the Ross School of Business as well as MPP students in the Ford School of Public Policy.  MBA funding comes from the Give-A-Day Fund, a Ross MBA pay-it-forward fund, which recently won a CASE award.

This year, although interns will be asked to work from home, these students are still making an impact around the world. Below, see the list of nearly 30 recipients and who they will be working with this summer.

BBAs:
Claire Haase, Waterworks, Detroit, MI
Ryan Kellett, Positive Business Rapid Assessment Tool, Birmingham, MI
Yousef Kobeissi, US House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
Reena Mathews, Sierra Club, Lansing, MI
Neha Paragi, Troy Digital Consulting Initiative, Troy, MI
Sara Sotirov, Total Impact Capital, Bethesda, MD

MBAs
Claire Babilonia, Ashoka, Arlington, VA
Sara Bemporad, Blavity Inc., San Francisco, CA
Kelsey Casey, The Global Good Fund Columbia, MD
Robert Chen, Bcurrent Impact Investment, Taiwan
Suman Gidwani, VoteTripling.org, Los Angeles, CA
Andrey Higashi, Fleming Medicina, Porto Alegre Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Dustin Huibregtse, Quorum: The Twin Cities GLBTA Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis, MN
J’Taime Lyons, East Durham Children’s Initiative, Durham, NC
Avani Sharma, Teach for India, New Delhi, India
Stephanie Simpson, NextStep, Ann Arbor, MI
Alexandra Taikowski, Henry Health, Washington, D.C.
Allison Winstel, Enterprise Community Partners, Washington, DC
Nicki Yochim, Spoiler Alert, Boston, MA

MPPs:
Paul Capp, Asia Society Policy Institute, New York, NY
Kellen Data, City of Hamtramck Community and Economic Development, Hamtramck, MI
Eli Gold, Soulardarity, Highland Park, MI
Vivian Kalumbi, CARE, Merrifield, VA
Emma Kern, Hawaii Appleseed, Honolulu, HI
Christopher LeFlore, Office of Detroit City Council Member Janee’ Ayers, Detroit, MI
Tanya Omolo, Mary Turner Center for Advocacy, Detroit, MI
Daniel Park, Movement Advancement Project, Boulder, CO
Victor Rateng, MIT GOV/LAB, Cambridge, MA
Orlando Sanchez, Monterrey County Free Libraries, Marina, CA
Kalena Thomhave, Institute for Policy Studies, Boston, MA


One searchable platform for all things impact at Ross and across campus

The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 


Board Fellows Program Information


Could your nonprofit benefit from the knowledge that an outstanding graduate student could provide? Applications from nonprofit organizations are accepted on a rolling basis through June 26. We match students with organizations based on the student’s skills and interests and your needs. For the coming year, projects could focus on the COVID-19 response or on broader strategic goals.

NONPROFITS: LEARN MORE AND APPLY

STUDENTS: READ ABOUT RECENT STUDENT EXPERIENCES

 

The Restorative Potential of Local Economies


Tues, June 23
@ 5:30-6:30 pm EDT
ONLINE

As we watch COVID-19 unfold across the globe we see supply chain breakdown and shortages in desperately needed PPE. Across the nation companies are pivoting how they do business, leveraging their supply chain, and repurposing equipment. How can local economies and resources such as makerspaces and design tools make an impact and fuel economic growth, and what can we do to help our local ecosystem during this unprecedented pandemic?
 

REGISTER HERE

At the University:

POVERTY SOLUTIONS

Poverty Narrative: A Midwest Perspective

This is a free virtual series dedicated to a deeper understanding of poverty in the U.S. and especially the Midwest. This series is open to anyone interested in improving the narrative around poverty in the U.S. – from exploring new storytelling strategies to translating complex research for deeper public engagement.

Understanding Disadvantage in Rural, Urban, and Suburban Places
Thurs, June 18 @ 12-1:30pm EDT

Where Public Policy Meets Real Life
Tues, June 23 @ 12-1:30pm EDT

Using Personal Stories for Systemic Change
Thurs, June 25 @ 12-1:30 pm EDT

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE

White Liberalism and the Illusion of Racial Progress

Thurs, June 18 @ 12-1:30pm EDT
Online

How does information impact opinions and voting behavior in the case of white liberal progressives? Specifically, does exposure to racial wealth gap data lead to support by white liberals for affirmative action, reparations, and similar programs? Join U-M PoliSci professor Vincent Hutchings for a discussion of these and related issues.

More Info

ENGAGED MICHIGAN

Community Engagement Online Mini-Course

Developed by an interdisciplinary team of content experts from U-M, the Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change massive open online course (MOOC) is designed to help both novices and seasoned practitioners of community engagement work more effectively with communities and organizations, both domestically and abroad.

More Info

In the Impact Community:

Co.Act Detroit Activate Fund


Application Due:
Fri, June 19

Eligible applicants must be a registered 501c3 in good standing and serve at least one of the following four counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw. Selection will also be based on forming a diverse grantee cohort, developing a peer learning community, alignment with Co.act’s values and approach to capacity building.

Info and Application

D-Prize


Application Due:
Mon, June 22

The world has already invented products and services to end poverty. Yet millions of people still don’t have access. Can you design a business or NGO that solves one of the distribution challenges? D-Prize will award the most promising teams with up to $20,000 USD to launch a pilot version of your new organization wherever extreme poverty exists.

Application info

Racial Justice Webinars

EQuity Social Venture is Ross student Justin Woods’ vehicle for developing emotional intelligence, so that the world can advance racial justice, Next week, Justin will hosting three community-wide webinars on racial justice, health, and understanding.

Healing Race-based Traume: A Virtual Healing Event for Black People
Tues, June 23 @ 7-8:30 pm EDT


Racial Microagressions: Education for non-Black Allies
Wed, June 24 @ 7-8:30 pm EDT


Emotionally Intelligent Engagement: Navigating Emotions Related to Racial Justice
Thurs, June 25 @ 7-8:30 pm EDT

Epic Social Ventures


Apply now

The Social Ventures Foundation mission is to facilitate sustainable market creation at the Bottom of the Pyramid by identifying, promoting and facilitating the investment in social ventures that employ the poor to lift the livelihoods of the poor. The End Poverty Innovation Challenge is at the heart of the Foundation’s mission, EPIC facilitates a pipeline to facilitate the identification, recognition, promotion and investment in the most impactful and of outstanding   sustainable social ventures that can scale and make a difference to millions of the world’s poor. 


Application Information
 

April 2020 Newsletter

Coronavirus Resources for Student Changemakers and Impact Organizations

We know the strain and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting student changemakers and impact organizations in an array of ways. Many in the impact community are seeking tools to help navigate through this challenging time and ways they can contribute during the crisis. We have curated a collection of online resources that offer guidance to individuals and organizations in responding to the pandemic. It includes ways to seek financial support, give back, and care for yourself and your team. We are wishing all of you safety and wellness during this time.

Here are some highlights from the resources:

For Students:

For Orgs:

 

Make an Impact with Your Internship

Round Two Application
Due Fri, Apr. 17

In light of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to accept applications after the April 17th priority deadline on a rolling basis. We are hopeful that this will allow students to make internship arrangements should business and social sector organizations need to restructure their internship process and timelines.

Each summer, Business+Impact awards competitive grants for summer internships to MBAs and BBA juniors in the Ross School of Business as well as MPP students in the Ford School of Public Policy.

If you are a student looking to complete a social impact internship this summer in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors, then you are eligible to apply, as long as the organization has a clearly defined social or environmental mission. This opportunity enables you to receive a stipend for summer internships in addition to project management, research, and industry coaching from B+I.

APPLY HERE

Learn Design Thinking for A Better World in Fall 2020 Course

Are you a graduate student at the University of Michigan? Register for the new graduate +Impact Studio Course (BA 670), selected as a 2019 Poets & Quants “Most Interesting Class.” Taught by Ross professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, the Fall 4.5 credit design thinking course will teach you practical work skills in ethnography, ecosystem mapping, ideation, prototyping, and business model design, addressing challenges determined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and research from our award-winning faculty.

To learn more, check out these resources:

APPLY HERE

One searchable platform for all things impact at Ross and across campus

The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 


Virtual Information Session for Nonprofit Organizations

Wed, May 13: Noon – 1 pm – ONLINE

We invite leaders from SE Michigan nonprofit organizations to attend an information session about the Board Fellowship Program. Graduate student Board Fellows serve as non-voting board members on nonprofit boards and complete a board-level strategic project. Organizations identify key projects such as fund development, sustainability strategies, business plans, and dashboards. For the coming year, projects could focus on the COVID-19 response or on broader strategic goals. Session attendees will learn about the program and hear from nonprofit leaders currently participating.

 

Solve Problems and Build Skills Across Cultures with WDI Virtual Practicum


Now’s the time to reserve your spot in Business & Culture: A Virtual Practicum for  Fall 2020!  This exciting action-learning course on international business cultures connects you with peers from Egypt, Lebanon, Libya and the USA. This is a truly one-of-a-kind learning experience offering you an opportunity to work collaboratively in a global team environment, equipping you with the skills you need to communicate and problem-solve—essential 21st-century skills for an interconnected world.

The course (BA 310) is open to all majors at the University of Michigan.

LEARN MORE

 

At the University:

POVERTY SOUTIONS

Midwest Mobility from Poverty Conference

Tues-Wed, June 9-10
University of Michigan or Online (TBA)

The Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network is bringing together journalists and academic researchers from across the nation, with a focus on Midwest, for this conference to promote in-depth, impactful, and solutions-oriented media coverage of poverty-related issues.  This conference is open to anyone interested in improving the narrative around poverty in the U.S. – from exploring new storytelling strategies to translating complex research for deeper public engagement. It may be offered in-person or virtually, depending upon the situation in Michigan at the time.

More Info

In the Impact Community:

Public Allies


Apply Now

Public Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the U of M-Dearborn, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Our program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and the Community Service and Michigan Community Service Commission. Apply now for fall opportunities

Application info

Student PIRGs


Apply Now

 

Students — past, present and future — are often at the forefront of movements to build a better future for our country. The Student PIRGs work closely with The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to getting things done. This election year is a good time to get started.

Info and Application

2020 Call for Code Global Challenge


KIck-Off Event
Wed, Apr. 22 @ 7 – 10 pm EST

 

Student leaders and social innovators from colleges and universities around the world with technical and non-technical backgrounds are invited to join Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and IBM on Earth Day, April 22, for the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge–University Edition Kick-Off virtual event! Call for Code is a multi-year global initiative to create practical, effective, and high-quality applications that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues. 

Register here by Apr. 20

Co.Act Detroit Activate Fund


Application Due:
Wed, Apr. 22

 

Eligible applicants must be a registered 501c3 in good standing and serve at least one of the following four counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw. Selection will also be based on forming a diverse grantee cohort, developing a peer learning community, alignment with Co.act’s values and approach to capacity building.

Info and Application

COVID-19 Business Pivot Challenge


Submit by Apr. 30

This challenge offers an open and collaborative space to develop solutions, post inspiration, gather feedback, and find partners. Participation is invited from anyone to share inspiration and ideas, from business owners and leaders to employees within companies of all types and sizes. Jump into the challenge and share inspiration and/or ideas. This 3-week sprint will be open until April 30, 2020. 

Submission info

Proposals for Upswell 2020


Submit by May 15

Think about the enormous potential when thousands of changemakers – each one with unique perspectives, experiences, and skills – gather in Pittsburgh this October 14-16 for Upswell.  From quick talks to creative problem-solving to bold prototyping  you may propose events for a wide range of activities on the Upswell schedule.

Submission info

CEMEX-TEC Awards and Bootcamps


Submit by May 31

The CEMEX-TEC Award has 4 global categories, within which you can participate by registering your project. Social entrepreneurship projects must have at least one year of implementation and generate a systemic change.  Projects in sustainable transformation of communities should focus on postgraduate students. Community-based and social transformation projects that have at least one year of implementation form the third group. Collaborative action projects are focused on organizations that work through intersectoral alliances, involving at least 3 sectors of society.

Submission info

March 2020 Newsletter

How to Have an Impact During a Coronavirus Outbreak

The news about coronavirus may leave some people feeling helpless, like there’s nothing to do but wait for the worst. But that’s not true. In fact, there are plenty of actions you can take to help those around you, and yourself – and to feel like you’re really making a difference.

Read more from Michigan Medicine on still making an impact

Read more from Sue Ashford on working from home

At Ross:

Learn Design Thinking for A Better World – Info Session 3/18


Virtual Information Session
Wed, Mar. 18 @ Noon – 1 pm – ONLINE

Are you a graduate student at the University of Michigan? Register for the new graduate +Impact Studio Course (BA 670), selected as a 2019 Poets & Quants “Most Interesting Class.” Taught by Ross professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, the Fall 4.5 credit design thinking course will teach you practical work skills in ethnography, ecosystem mapping, ideation, prototyping, and business model design, addressing challenges determined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and research from our award-winning faculty.

To learn more, check out these resources:

Register for Course
Attend 3/18 Virtual Session


B+I / Aspen Event Focused on Collaboration between Business and Research

On Thurs-Fri Mar. 5-6 Business+Impact hosted “Igniting Impact: Enhancing Business Practice and Research through Greater Collaboration” at Michigan Ross. Co-sponsored by the Aspen Institute Business and Society program and Responsible Research in Business and Management, the event featured keynote speakers and breakout design sessions focused on collaborations between business and research that are aimed at the greater good.


Read more
See complete agenda
See photos


Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track Winner Announced

The winner of the 2020 Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track is Lillian Augusta – (Jannice Newson [MS ‘20] & Nana Britwum [MS ‘20]) a biodegradable hair braiding product made from Phragmites, which is an invasive plant species. The Seigle Impact Track competition, co-sponsored by the Zell Lurie InstituteBusiness+Impact, and the Erb Institute, began in November with over 50 teams. Eight semi-finalists competed on February 8 for the four finalist spots in the Seigle finals competition.

Read more
See photos

 

 


Make an Impact with Your Internship


Round Two Application
Due Fri, Apr. 17


Business+Impact’s Summer Fund awards competitive grants to Ross and Ford masters students and BBA juniors. Students completing internships in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors may apply if the organization has a clearly defined social mission. The final round of applications ends Fri, Apr. 17.

APPLY HERE



Virtual Information Session for Nonprofit Organizations

Wed, May 13: Noon – 1 pm – ONLINE

If you are a Southeast Michigan nonprofit organization interested in our Board Fellowship Program, you can learn about the program at a virtual information session open to Ann Arbor and Detroit area orgs. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the program requirements and hear from nonprofit leaders currently participating.

RSVP HERE
 

One searchable platform for all things impact at Ross and across campus

The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 

At the University:

LSA

Semester in Detroit


Application Deadline
Tues, Mar. 31

The fall program is open to students from UM-Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn, and Grand Valley State University. Students are in classes for 8-11 hours per week (fall students can choose between one or both SiD electives) and intern for 16 hours per week. You can earn up to 18 credits toward your U-M degree and intern with community-based organizations.

More Info

 

CEW+

Award Nominations and Scholarships


Application Deadlines: Wed, Apr. 1

The Center for the Education of Women is seeking proposal submittions for the Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change, with $1000 for individuals; $2000 for groups. Apply by April 1.

More Info on Hollenshead Inspire Award

At the same time, the Center is accepting applications for the CEW+ Scholarship, which awards students of U-M up to $11K for women and underserved students seeking graduation from U-M. Apply by April 1.

More Info on CEW+ Scholarships

In the Impact Community:

Public Allies


Apply Now

Public Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the U of M-Dearborn, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Our program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and the Community Service and Michigan Community Service Commission. Apply now for fall opportunities

Application info

Halcyon Incubator Fall 2020 Fellowship Application


Application Deadline
Tues, Apr. 8

The application to join Halcyon Incubator’s 13th Cohort next fall is now open! Fellows receive five months rent-free housing in D.C., a $10,000 stipend, and access to our community of social entrepreneurs, mentors, advisors, investors, and supporters.

Application info

Proposals for Upswell 2020


Submit by May 15

Think about the enormous potential when thousands of changemakers – each one with unique perspectives, experiences, and skills – gather in Pittsburgh this October 14-16 for Upswell.  From quick talks to creative problem-solving to bold prototyping  you may propose events for a wide range of activities on the Upswell schedule.

Submission info

February 2020 Newsletter

At Ross:

Creating Cultural Contagion: A Conversation with Marcus Collins

Wed, Mar. 11 @ 5 – 7 pm
Ross School of Business, R0210

Why do some things catch on and others don’t? How do ideas get adopted and become a part of culture? Join us for an interactive conversation with Marcus Collins, whose research focuses on how brands propagate and become ingrained within cultures. He will share insight on how we can use these same levers to influence people to do good and have a positive impact on society.

Join the +Impact Studio at Ross for a discussion on doing good by design, with this engaging U-M lecturer in Marketing and Chief Consumer Connections Officer at Doner. Previously, Mr. Collins led the Social Engagement practice across Steve Stoute’s New York advertising agency, Translation. There, Marcus leveraged the psychological motivators that drive what we do, say, and share to create contagious marketing programs that extend across both the online and offline world of ‘social.’

MORE INFO


Faculty Research for Impact: Addressing UN SDG #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

Wed, Mar. 18 @ 5-7 pm
+Impact Studio

How are Ross faculty members advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through business research? Each month, Business+Impact hosts an interactive design session themed around one of these goals. During the month of March, we will address Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. Several award-winning Ross faculty members will share their research in an informal setting, and students will have the opportunity to brainstorm possible next steps for how the research can be applied to real-world applications that make a positive impact.

This limited-size two-hour workshop will feature:

  • Faculty presentations on key research insights
  • Discussion
  • Activity using design tools for opportunity identification

PLEASE RSVP


Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track

Fri, Feb. 21 @ 9 am – 5:30 pm
Ross School of Business

The MBC Seigle Impact Track entered Round Two on Fri, Jan. 27 with nine teams, and four impact teams advanced to the finals. (See photos of Round Two.) For Dearborn, HalalFin, Lillian Augusta, and Revolin Sports will compete in the Seigle Impact Finals, this Fri, Feb. 21 from 9 – 11:35am at the Ross School of Business. Four teams will also compete in an Innovation Track and four teams in an Invention Track. The public is welcome to attend any of the day’s activities.

RSVP FOR FINALS SHOWCASE

Ross Event Highlights:


Ross: Impact Investing Symposium
Fri, Feb. 21 @ Noon – 5 pm
Ross School of Business


ZLI: Value Proposition of Learning Health Systems

Tues, Feb. 25 @ 5:30 – 7 pm
Palmer Commons


CPO:
Is it Really Better to Give than Receive?
Wed, Mar. 11 @ 4 – 5 pm
Ross School of Business


Ross:
Role of Business in Politicized Societal Discussions
Thur, Mar. 12 @ 4:30-5:30
Ross School of Business

 

Free Accounting Fridays Seeks Paid Student Consultant

The Free Accounting Fridays program is seeking a U-M business student to act as a Student Coordinator in 2020. In this paid position, the student will work closely with entrepreneurs in order to provide help in areas such as:

  • Using Quickbooks and other accounting software
  • Creating and explaining common financial statements
  • Comparing different growth opportunities and strategies
  • Forecasting payback periods for loans
  • Analyzing cost structure for products
  • Reviewing financial data for accuracy

APPLY HERE


RECENT EVENTS:

Board Fellows Forum Addressed Relationship Between Executive Directors and Board Presidents

What does it take to have a great relationship between a nonprofit Board Chair and an Executive Director? How much do the two work hand-in-hand to lead the organization, set goals and priorities, and drive outcomes? Representatives from the Michigan Theater and the Neutral Zone shared their insights in panel discussion.

Read article
Watch the presentation

Adrienne Harris Chat on Financial Inclusion in an Age of Fintech

Impact Studio faculty director Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks spoke with Adrienne Harris in a lively discussion about financial inclusion. During the presentation, she clarified the challenges of the financially underserved and considered ways to bring financial inclusion to them. 

Read article
See photos
Watch the presentation

One place for all things impact at Ross and across campus! 


The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 

At the University:

FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Getting to Net-zero: Climate Challenges and Solutions

Fri, Feb. 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:50 pm
Ford School, Weill Hall

Climate change is back on the national agenda with hearings, bills introduced, candidates’ plans, and discussion of a Green New Deal. Many policymakers are embracing the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Vigorous debates are occurring, and analysis and modeling of clean energy pathways can throw light on these questions. Dr. Karl Hausker will speak on implications for energy policy and R&D portfolios.

More Info

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Learning Levers

Apply by
Fri, Feb. 28

In recognition of James A. Kelly’s remarkable career reforming school finance, reducing inequities in schools, establishing high standards for teaching, and improving learning for all students, the School of Education is honored to launch a competition to inspire a new generation of problem-solvers and leaders. The goal of the James A. Kelly Learning Levers Prize is to support scalable, research-based innovative Ideas promoting student learning in pre-K-12 education.

More Info

CEW+

38th Annual WCTF Career Conference

Fri, Mar. 6 @ 8 am – 4:30 pm
University of Michigan

The Women of Color Task Force is excited to be hosting its 38th annual career conference on Friday, March 6, 2020. All U-M staff, faculty, students and the public, regardless of gender or ethnicity, are invited to register to attend this inclusive professional development event. Attendees may select from a variety of workshop sessions designed to support their professional and personal development.

More Info

SCHOOL OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

Earth Day 2020 /  Wege Lecture: Philippe Cousteau 

Thurs, Mar. 12 @ 5:30 – 7 pm
Hill Auditorium

This double-event is part of the university & community-wide commemoration of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary—when U-M held the nation’s first “Environmental Teach-In” in 1970. The Wege event brings environmentalist Philippe Cousteau, to the stage. Inspired by his grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, he is a multi-Emmy-Nominated TV host, producer, author, and social entrepreneur. Earth Day 2020 features musical performances, and dynamic environmental justice leaders including Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Heather McTeer Toney, Abdul El-Sayed, Bryan Newland, and others.

Register to Attend

LSA

Voter Registration

More Info
Primary Election: Mar. 10

Don’t forget to register to vote! Students who are U.S. citizens are allowed to register at either their local addresses or their permanent addresses. It’s your choice. Depending on the state where you want to vote, you can either register online or by paper. Be sure to check if you are registered. To download a federal voter registration form and for more information on how to register to vote.

More Info

FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

A Discussion with Robin DiAngelo on “White Fragility”

Fri, Mar. 13 @ 3 – 4:30 pm
Michigan League Ballroom

White people in the U.S. live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress. DiAngelo calls this lack of racial stamina “white fragility.” DiAngelo is joined by U-M School of Education Dean Elizabeth Moje for an armchair discussion.

More Info

GINSBERG CENTER

Engaging and Exiting Communities Workshop

Wed, Mar. 18 @ 11:30 am – 1 pm
1210 Weill Hall

Interested in community engagement opportunities this year? Building on the Entering & Engaging Communities session in January, this interactive workshop facilitated by Ginsberg Center staff uses cases to offer principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with, ending partnerships, and exiting communities in ways that can yield a positive, sustainable impact.

RSVP Here

In the Impact Community:

Student PIRGs

Apply Now

Students — past, present and future — are often at the forefront of movements to build a better future for our country. The Student PIRGs work closely with The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to getting things done. This election year is a good time to get started.

Info and Application

Rockefeller Foundation – Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge

Application Due
Tues, Mar. 3

Develop an innovative solution to a problem associated with poverty and pitch for a chance to win up to $20,000 plus an invite to a community of entrepreneurs and investors who’ll help turn your idea into a successful venture.

Info and Application

Climate Leadership Conference

Mar. 4 – 6
Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit

The conference provides a unique platform for networking with and learning from climate, energy, and sustainability professionals across diverse sectors. Join the community of public and private sector leaders who are at the vanguard of climate action in the U.S. to:

  • Build strategic connections across diverse sectors
  • Gain key insights and best practices in an ever-evolving field
  • Celebrate the organizations and individuals who are making a difference
  • Collaborate with local and national decision-makers

Info and Registration

Urban Innovators Reception

Thurs, Mar. 5 @ 6 – 8 pm
SpaceLab Detroit

If you are thinking about, planning, or executing a business venture that is designed to improve the quality of life in the Detroit community, please attend a special reception sponsored by Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative to share your perspective and to meet and network with others who share your passion for the city.


Event Info and Registration

January 2020 Newsletter

At Ross:

Faculty Research for Impact Workshop: UN SDG #3 – Good Health and Well-Being

Tues, Jan. 28 @ 5-7 pm
+Impact Studio

How are Ross faculty members advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through business research? Each month, Business+Impact hosts an interactive design session themed around one of these goals. During the month of January, we will address Goal 3: Good Health & Well-Being.  Several award-winning Ross faculty members will share their research in an informal setting, and students will have the opportunity to brainstorm possible next steps for how the research can be applied to real-world applications that make a positive impact.

This limited-size two-hour workshop will feature:


PLEASE RSVP


Also, plan to attend:

Faculty Research for Impact: Addressing UN SDG #10 – Climate Action
Tues, Feb 18 @ 5:30 – 7:30 pm
+Impact Studio

Faculty and research highlights TBD.


Board Fellows Forum: Building a Relationship of Trust between the Board Chair and Executive Director


Tues, Feb. 11 @ 5:30 – 7 pm
Ross School of Business, R1240

What does it take to have a great relationship between a Board Chair and an Executive Director? How much should the two work hand-in-hand to lead the organization, set goals and priorities, and drive outcomes?

All nonprofit organizations strive for a high-functioning relationship between the Board Chair and Executive Director, but some fall short due to a disconnect in expectations of the roles.

Join the U-M Board Fellowship Program for a public forum discussing the Board Chair and Executive Director relationship. Panelists for the forum include:

  • Jamie Buhr, Board Chair, Michigan Theater
  • Russ Collins, Executive Director & CEO, Michigan Theater
  • Lori Bennett, Board Chair, Neutral Zone
  • Lori Roddy, Executive Director, Neutral Zone

Food will be provided.

PLEASE RSVP


Make an Impact with Your Internship


Round One Application
Due Fri, Feb. 14


Business+Impact’s Summer Fund awards competitive grants to Ross and Ford masters students and BBA juniors. Students completing internships in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors may apply if the organization has a clearly defined social mission. This year there will be two deadlines to apply: Fri, Feb. 14 and Fri, Apr. 17.

APPLY HERE


Financial Inclusion in the Age of FinTech: A Conversation with Adrienne Harris


Wed, Feb. 12 @ 5 – 7 pm
Ross, Blau Hall, B3570

As part of Diversity Week at Ross, join the +Impact Studio for a discussion on financial inclusion with U-M Policymaker in Residence and Gates Foundation Senior Research Fellow, Adrienne Harris. Adrienne was a Special Assistant to President Obama for Economic Policy and served in the US Department of Treasury. She also advises fintech companies, incumbent financial institutions, and large venture capital firms. Studio Faculty Director Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks will engage Ms. Harris in a lively discussion about her work in governmental and corporate strategy around financial inclusion and fintech for the underserved. 

MORE INFO


Calling Future Open Road @ Ross Fellows


Applications Due
Mon, Jan. 27 @ Midnight


Open Road is an action-based social entrepreneurship program developed by Ross students that gives small business owners extra hands in solving complex challenges. Ross sponsors teams of MBAs to trek across the United States during the month of May to take on projects with social entrepreneurs.

Apply for this program at the application link below. Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and Zell Lurie Institute.

Open Road Team Finder

APPLY HERE


Designing Business Models for Carbon Capture and Utilization Technologies

Wed, Feb. 5 @ 5 – 7 pm
Ross, +Impact Studio
700 E. University Ave.

The +Impact Studio at Michigan Ross in partnership with the U-M Global CO2 Initiative and the Erb Institute is excited to offer an innovative workshop in which students will use design thinking methodologies to create business models for carbon capture and utilization technologies. Participants will hear from faculty about their research on these technologies and have the opportunity to learn and apply the business model canvas to them.

MORE INFO

Ross Event Highlights:


Ross: Shareholders & Stakeholders Panel
Tue, Jan. 21 @ 5:30-6:30 pm
Ross, B1580


Erb: Financing a Sustainable Future

Wed, Jan. 22 @ 5:30 -7 pm
Ross, Robertson Auditorium

 


Women Who Launch:
Symposium
Fri, Jan 24 @ 8:30 am – Noon
Ross Colloquium


Ross:
Leadership Diversity Dialogue
Wed, Feb 14 @ 10:15 – 11:30 am
Ross, Robertson Auditorium


Detroit R&B: Rebuilding a World-Class City
Sat, Feb 15 @ 8:30 am – 5 pm
Chase Tower, Detroit


CPO: Positive Team and Organizational Hierarchies
Tues, Feb 18 @ 4 – 5 pm
Ross School of Business

 

B+I Hiring +Impact Studio Manager

Apply Now

We are hiring an +Impact Studio Program Manager to provide general management of the non-course studio programming and execute on the Studio’s strategic goals. This manager will co-design and facilitate engaging, impact-focused design thinking programming that trains participants to utilize design methodologies and business acumen to create impact.

APPLY HERE


Become a Give-A-Day Board Member

Apply Now

Join next year’s Give-A-Day Fund board to help continue an important tradition supporting social impact at Ross! You will gain valuable experience planning and executing a fundraising campaign and insight into the selection process for award recipients. Register above to learn more about positions and the application process.The application will be sent out on Fri, Jan. 25 and is due Fri, Feb. 1.

Apply for Board Here


Michigan Business Challenge – Start-up Workshops for Student Entrepreneurs

Students involved in the Seigle Impact Track of the Michigan Business Challenge and student entrepreneurs all across campus are invited to attend a series of invaluable workshops designed to make their startups successful. Below is a list of workshops offered by Michigan RossZell Lurie Institute at various locations at Michigan Ross.

MON, FEB. 3 – Developing Your Business Model Canvas
5-6:30 p.m. / R0220

TUES, FEB. 4 – Identifying and Sizing Your Market
5-6:30 p.m. / R2030

WED, FEB 5 – Conducting Effective Customer Discovery
5-6:30 p.m. / R0220

MON, FEB. 10 –  Assessing Your Financial Feasibility
5-6:30 p.m. / RO22O

TUES, FEB. 11 – Startup Financials
5 – 6 p.m. / R0220

TUES, FEB. 11 – Communicating with Investors
6 – 7 p.m. / R0220

WED, FEB. 12 – Startup Funding for First Time Entrepreneurs
5-6:30 p.m. / R0220

All of the above events are open to the public. Interested parties may also come to watch Round 2 of the Seigle Impact Track on Fri, Jan 24 at Michigan Ross.


Blueprints for Pangaea Job Openings

Information Session
Wed, Jan. 22 @ 9 – 10 am
Ross, B1570

Apply by Sun, Jan. 26
@ 11:59pm EST 

Blueprints For Pangaea, Inc. is a student-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that reallocates excess unused medical supplies from U.S.hospitals to areas of need overseas. They have 6 satellite chapters operating throughout the country and have shipped $3,000,000 in medial supplies abroad to date. Blueprints is looking to recruit students for the Winter 2019 term. Interviews will be conducted Jan. 31 – Feb. 2.

APPLY HERE


The Choice II Recap

Business+Impact again brought together scholars on Thurs, Dec. 13 to ponder how society should make choices that will influence and contribute to a society’s or organization’s ability to flourish.

Featured participants included Tom Malone of MIT and Orly Lobel of University of San Diego Law School.

One place for all things impact at Ross and across campus! 


The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 

At the University:

GINSBERG CENTER

Davis Projects for Peace

Proposals Due
Thurs, Jan. 23 @ 4 – 6 pm

The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning is pleased to participate in the Davis Projects for Peace initiative for 2020. Projects for Peace are summer-long projects designed and implemented by undergraduate students passionate about peace in their communities and around the globe. The selected proposal will be eligible to receive a grant of up to $10,000 from the Davis United World Scholars Program.

Apply Here

DESAI ACCELERATOR

Founders and Interns Needed

Info Session: Fri, Jan. 24 (please register)
Info Session: Mon, Jan. 27 (please register)
Founder Application Due: Feb. 9
Intern Application Due: Feb. 12

The Desai Accelerator is the premier tech accelerator at the University of Michigan. We’re looking for passionate founders with scalable businesses to participate in the 2020 cohort. We’re also seeking dedicated U-M students for a paid full-time summer internship. See below for eligibility requirements or visit our website here for further information.

More Info

TECHARB

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Get-Together

Thurs, Jan. 23 @ 4 – 6 pm
500 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor

Attend an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Get-Together on Thursday, January 23rd from 4-6 p.m. at TechArb to meet others in the community working on innovative and interesting projects. Whether you’re part of an entrepreneurial club, a student founder, or someone who enjoys developing solutions to real world problems, this event is a great way to introduce yourself to the U-M community and find out what and who is out there! RSVP today (Panera will be provided).

RSVP Here

GINSBERG CENTER

2020 Summer Youth Dialogues Fellowship Application


Applications Due
Mon, Jan 27 @ 5 pm

University of Michigan students (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to become a University of Michigan Social Justice Fellow to join an educational team and facilitate the Summer Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity in Metropolitan Detroit Program (SYD) in an extended program. SYD increases dialogue among high school age youth in metropolitan Detroit, the nation’s most segregated metropolitan area.

Apply here

SCHOOL OF INFORMATION

Global Information Engagement Program

Application Deadline
Sun, Jan 26

The Global Information Engagement Program (GIEP) partners South African-based non-profit organizations with teams of interdisciplinary graduate students from the University of Michigan. The objective of GIEP is to leverage appropriate technology and information management skills and tools to address a contemporary social concern. Students will scope their projects in a Winter semester half-term course, then spend two months in Cape Town, South Africa working full-time to address their information challenge by partnering with an organization to adopt a user-centric, capacity-building solution.

Apply Here

LSA

Voter Registration

More Info

Don’t forget to register to vote! Students who are U.S. citizens are allowed to register at either their local addresses or their permanent addresses. It’s your choice. Depending on the state where you want to vote, you can either register online or by paper. Be sure to check if you are registered. To download a federal voter registration form and for more information on how to register to vote.

More Info

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Learning Levers

Apply by
Fri, Feb. 28

In recognition of James A. Kelly’s remarkable career reforming school finance, reducing inequities in schools, establishing high standards for teaching, and improving learning for all students, the School of Education is honored to launch a competition to inspire a new generation of problem-solvers and leaders.  The goal of the James A. Kelly Learning Levers Prize is to support scalable, research-based innovative Ideas promoting student learning in pre-K-12 education.

More Info

In the Impact Community:

Applications being accepted for Cordes Fellowships

Application Deadline:
Thurs, Jan. 30

If you are an exceptional social entrepreneur or nonprofit leader engaged in building sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice globally, the Cordes Fellowship provides an opportunity to participate as a full Delegate at the Opportunity Collaboration in Cancun, Mexico in October. The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship is to open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives; enrich OC with new, emerging leaders; and infuse OC discussions with a diversity of perspectives.

Info and Application

Leadership DELI

Application Due
Fri, Jan. 31

Leadership DELI is an intensive leadership development program intended to help nonprofit organizations improve their impact by providing leaders with access to high-quality professional resources, tools and training. Grow professionally and expand your network by applying for the next cohort, launching on February 28th, 2020.

Info and Application

Detroit Contested Cities

Paper Submission Deadline
Sat, Feb. 1


The Urban History Association invites submissions for its 10th Biennial Conference in Detroit in October 8-11, 2020. The Program Committee is looking for panel sessions, workshops, and papers (including single papers) on all aspects of urban, suburban, and metropolitan histories from any corner of the world and any time period (past, present, and even future). The conference theme, “Contested Cities,” reflects both the growing interdisciplinarity of urban studies, and at the same time, the clear sense that there isn’t one urban history or a single set of critical urban actors.

Info and Application

Berkley Haas Pitch Competition

Application Deadline
Fri, Feb. 7 @ 11:59 pm

Berkley Haas will be hosting the Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition on its campus March 6, 2020. The competition is intended for entrepreneurs in the early-stage of development and is an opportunity to refine models, conduct research, present findings, and pitch to real investors and experts in inclusion and diversity. University of Michigan teams are invited to apply! This year’s competition is open to ventures with a focus on one (or intersections) of the following areas: race; ethnicity; gender; gender identity; intellectual, mental, or physical disability; sexual orientation; age; former incarceration; and socio-economic status. Up to $15k in prizes will be awarded to ventures that demonstrate a defined vision and potential to generate positive impact beyond the status quo!

Apply here

December 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

+Impact Studio Winter All-Campus Open House


Fri, Jan. 17 @ 2 – 4 pm
RSB, 2nd Floor Executive Residence


The campus community is invited to visit B+I’s campus hub for design and impact, +Impact Studio. It is a collaboration space and fosters community for those passionate about designing for impact. The +Impact Studio located on the second floor with entrance through Blau Hall at 700 East University. Drop by and see the space, take part in some fun creative activities, and invite your friends! Snacks will be provided.

LEARN ABOUT EVENT

 

Eight MBC – Seigle Impact Track Teams Advance

Congratulations to these social entrepreneurs for moving on to Round Two of this competition, taking place on Fri, Jan. 24!

  • Apply-U is a student-centered, user-friendly college admissions platform that ensures that every student persists throu the college admissions process and life-changing outcomes.
  • For Dearborn is a multimedia platform that holds the mic to Arab and/or Muslim youth (ages 13-21) from Dearborn as they challenge the national narrative on Arabs/Muslims and discuss issues prevalent in the community.
  • HalalFin is providing Islamic compliant financial tools to a wider market through the use of FinTech.
  • HBCU-DAP provides resources, mentorship, and support for HBCU students on their journey to a doctorate degree.
  • hEARt Listens is a socially engaged business that offers two complementary products: a training program that instructs students in emotional support skills and qualifies them has “hEARt supporters,” and a peer support chat platform upon which these supporters can anonymously connect with students seeking an empathetic ear.
  • Lillian Augusta‘s biodegradable hair will revolutionize the $2.5B black hair care industry by providing a sustainable solution to the low quality and detrimental synthetic hair products currently on the market.
  • Puente is a tech nonprofit that builds software to streamline date collection and analysis in international health.
  • Revolin Sports is revolutionizing the sporting goods industry by creating high-performance, sustainable sporting goods for better play and a better planet.

The MBC – Seigle Impact Track is sponsored by the Mark and Robin Seigle Entrepreneurial Innovation Fund and co-managed by Business+Impact at Michigan Ross, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

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Use Design Thinking for Impact

Register now for the new graduate +Impact Studio Course (BA 670), selected as a 2019 Poets & Quants “Most Interesting Class.” Taught by Ross professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, this 4.5 credit design thinking course will teach practical work skills in ethnography, ecosystem mapping, ideation, prototyping, and business model design, addressing two challenges:

  • How might research insights and fintech address student debt burdens, financial inclusion and poverty alleviation, especially amongst the underserved? (UN SDGs #1 and #8: No Poverty, Decent Work and Economic Growth)
  • How might water systems and other infrastructure be improved to better serve communities? (UN SDG #6: Clean Water and Sanitation)
     

To learn more, check out these resources:

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Ross Event Highlights:

 

ZLI: Dare to Dream Info Session
Wed, Jan. 15 @ 6 pm
R0220, Ross


CPO:
#OptOffCampus Lunch + Networking
Fri, Jan. 17 @ 11 am – 1 pm
Pizza House, Ann Arbor

 


ZLI: Internships Information Session
Wed, Jan 22 @ 5-6 pm
Ross, R0220


Sanger: Leadership Crisis Challenge (MBA)
Thurs, Jan. 30 @ 4:30-10 pm
Ross School of Business

 

 

Calling Future Open Road Fellows

Application Due
Mon, Jan. 27 @ Midnight

Open Road is an action-based entrepreneurship program developed by Ross students that gives small business owners extra hands in solving complex challenges. Ross sponsors teams of MBAs who trek across the United States during the month of May to take on projects with social entrepreneurs.

Apply for this program, if you are an MBA, at the application link below. Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and supported by B+I.


Make an Impact with Your Internship

Round One Application Open
Apply by Fri, Feb. 14


Business+Impact’s Summer Fund awards competitive grants to Ross and Ford masters students and BBA juniors. Students completing internships in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors may apply if the organization has a clearly defined social mission. This year there will be two deadlines to apply: Friday, Feb. 14 and Friday, April 17. 

Info and Application


One-Third Of Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA Class Of 2020 Donates To The Give-A-Day Fund, Receives $10,000 Match On Giving Blueday


During the University of Michigan’s Giving Blueday, the student-run Give-A-Day Fund at the Ross School of Business received thousands of dollars in donations from nearly 100 students, faculty, and staff, which unlocked a $10,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor.

So far in 2019, more than one-third of the Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA Class of 2020 have donated to the Give-A-Day Fund, which supports full-time MBA impact interns with funding from their fellow students. 

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At the University:

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Social Work Course to Examine Intersection of Religion, Ethics and Poverty

Register for SW796, Section 003
Winter 2020 Term

Poverty and wealth have long been a concern of the world’s religions, and challenging question for ethicists. This course examines the shape that this concern takes in a variety of religious traditions and ethical systems throughout history and in the present day. Taught by SSW professor Trevor Bechtel, this course is offered Tuesday nights Jan. 14 to Feb. 11.

More Info
Enrollment Petition for non-SSW students

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN EdX

Effective Community Engagement Course

Register at Any Time

Now more than ever, people are seeking ways to affect change in their communities — both locally and around the world. This course is for anyone — from novices to experienced practitioners — who wants to work more effectively with community members and organizations, Prepare in advance or take this course simultaneously to get the most out of your experience by engaging with communities ethically, respectfully, and sustainably.

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U-M RACKHAM GRADUATE SCHOOL

Two Graduate Student Summer Travel Fellowships

Application Deadline
Fri, Jan 31 @ 11:59 pm

These fellowship awards provide financial and logistical support of $5,500 to fellowships focused broadly on addressing, evaluating or improving global labor standards and monitoring. Two fellowships will be awarded. The University of Michigan President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (PACLSHR) helps support fellowships that contribute to the University’s effort to improve international labor standards.

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In the Impact Community:

MBAs Invited to Volunteer for Tax Aid Groups

Accounting Aid Society of Detroit

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance of Washtenaw County

Accounting Aid Society is a volunteer income tax assistance program that’s been successfully offering tax and financial services to taxpayers and small businesses in Detroit and southeast Michigan for the past 45 years. Qualified students can serve as Volunteer Tax Preparers or run a Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance of Washtenaw County provides free tax preparation to low-income individuals and families. Volunteers can serve as Intake & Exit SpecialistsTax Preparers, or Quality Reviewers.

MBArk 2 Boulder Conference

Jan. 2-4, 2020
Boulder, CO

MBArk2Boulder is an exciting new event that debuted in 2019, in between academic semesters, hosted by the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. It features presentations by many of the legendary leaders of the natural and organic foods industry and Leeds faculty, as well as workshops, a food sampling fair, a job fair, and fun networking activities – all nestled in the living food laboratory and winter wonderland that is Boulder, Colorado.

Info and Registration

U-M community invited to join Equity Challenge

January 6-26
Washtenaw County

United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) has a vision that by 2030 your zip code will no longer determine your opportunity in life.  At present in Washtenaw County, it does. We have work to do and invite you to join the conversation to be part of the change and lend your power to fuel a social movement. Join United Way on a virtual self-guided learning journey examining the history and impacts of racism and how it shapes people’s lived experience in Washtenaw County. Along the way, you’ll also receive examples and tools on how to undo racism and build racial equity and justice.


Information

Applications being accepted for Cordes Fellowships

Application Deadline:
Thurs, Jan. 30

If you are an exceptional social entrepreneur or nonprofit leader engaged in building sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice globally, the Cordes Fellowship provides an opportunity to participate as a full Delegate at the Opportunity Collaboration in Cancun, Mexico in October. The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship is to open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives; enrich OC with new, emerging leaders; and infuse OC discussions with a diversity of perspectives.

Info and Application

November 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

Enrollment Open for +Impact Studio Course, One of Poets and Quants’ “Most Interesting Courses of 2019”

+Impact Studio: Translating Research into Practice (BA670) teaches interdisciplinary graduate student teams (e.g., MBAs, MSWs, MPH, MEng) ethnography and ecosystem mapping with an emphasis on ideation, prototyping, and business model design skills that address two challenges:

  • How might research insights and fintech address student debt burdens, financial inclusion and poverty alleviation, especially amongst the underserved? (UN SDGs #1 and #8: No Poverty, Decent Work and Economic Growth)
  • How might water security be improved using research and intellectual capital? (UN SDG #6: Clean Water and Sanitation) 

+Impact Studio Course Resources Available:

APPLY NOW

 

UN SDG #10: Reduced Inequalities

Thurs, Nov. 21 @ 5-7 pm
Michigan Ross +Impact Studio
Second Floor, Executive Residence

Apply research insights and design thinking tools for impact in the Faculty Research for Impact (FR4I) series event themed around one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During the month of November, we will address Goal 10: Reduced Inequality. Three award-winning Ross faculty members (Jun Li, A. Yeşim Orhun, and Chris Rider) will share their research in an informal setting, and students will have the opportunity to learn tools for how to utilize research insights to approach real-world challenges and applications that make a positive impact.

Sign up for our emails to catch these upcoming events that are in the works during the coming months:

  • Goal 13: Climate Action
  • Goals 8 & 9: Decent Work & Economic Growth and Industry Innovation & Infrastructure
  • Goal 3: Good Health & Wellbeing

EVENT INFO

 

 

Calling Future Open Road Fellows

Information Session
+Impact Studio, 2nd Floor Ross Executive Residence
Wed, Nov. 20 @ 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Mixer and Team Finding Session
B0560, Blau Hall
Wed, Dec. 4 @ 4:30 – 6 pm

Open Road is an action-based social entrepreneurship program developed by Ross students that gives small business owners extra hands in solving complex challenges. Ross sponsors teams of MBAs to trek across the United States during the month of May to take on projects with social entrepreneurs.

Learn more about this program at our upcoming recruiting events, listed above. Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and the Zell Lurie Institute.

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Ross Event Highlights:


Detroit R&B: Detroit Entrepreneurs Panel
Fri, Nov. 22 @ 10 am – Noon
R1240, Ross


Sanger: Story Lab Showcase
Tues, Dec 3 @ 5-6:30 pm
Robertson Auditorium, Ross

 


CPO: Positive Links–Patricia Hewlin
Thurs, Dec. 12 @ 4-5 pm
Robertson Auditorium, Ross

 



Support Social Impact Students on Dec. 3


Giving Blue Day for
Give-A-Day Fund
Ross Winter Garden

MBA2s, transform lives by giving to the Give-A-Day Fund (GADF)! By donating on Giving Blue Day, Tues, Dec. 3, you’ll make the most of your gift by unlocking matching funds available only that day. The first $25 of each gift will be matched, and if one third of the MBA2 class donates by the end of the day, a $10K matching gift will hit the Fund’s account! Plus, the section that gets the most donations will win a prize from Business+Impact–extra money for your holiday party, so stop by the GADF table in the Ross Winter Garden and support fellow MBAs.

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Big Events at Ross with Practical Impact

On Fri, Nov. 1, Business+Impact’s colleagues at the Center for Value Chain Innovation hosted the first annual 2019 Ross FinTech Challenge & Conference, co-sponsored by PEAK6 and supported by Michigan FinTech Club. Students developed and pitched innovative fintech solutions to to address financial inclusion in rural Michigan. The winner was Team Carcajou (MBAs Ledge Greenfield, Alex Johnson, Corey Stearns, and Chashak Tulsyan), who were awarded a check for $3,000. Second and third place teams were awarded $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.

On Friday Nov. 15, Business+Impact co-sponsored an event with the Zell Lurie Institute and Women Who Launch called “FIVE Ideas: Focus | Innovate | Validate | Empower,” a facilitated design thinking workshop focused on addressing common challenges women face. Over 25 attendees explored human experiences, gained ideation skills for impactful solutions, and learned how to empower themselves and others to take action.

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U-M’s Net Impact Undergrad Wins Chapter of the Year Award

At the recent Net Impact national conference in Detroit on Oct. 24-26, the international organization awarded Undergraduate Chapter of the Year to U-M Net Impact Undergrad. Chapters of the Year exemplify dedication to Net Impact’s mission by inspiring their local community to make a positive difference in the world through dynamic events, programming, and partnerships. Our chapter succeeded by accomplishing ambitious goals and facilitating a profound impact across multiple environmental, economic, and social issues.

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Impact News & Notes

At the University:

GINSBERG CENTER

Entering, Engaging & Exiting Communities

Fri, Nov. 22 @ 3 – 4:30 pm
North Quad, #2435


Fri, Dec. 5 @ 5:30 – 7 pm
Trotter Multicultural Center

The LinC series is an educational workshop and training series focused on supporting students who are interested in community engagement, social justice, democratic engagement, advocacy, activism and philanthropy. Entering, Engaging and Exiting Communities introduces principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with communities, including motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways.

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LSA

Semester in Detroit Accepting Applications for Spring/Summer 2020

Priority Deadline: Sun, Dec. 1

The Semester in Detroit spring/summer and fall programs accept undergraduate students from all schools and departments at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. All students, from Freshmen to Seniors or Super Seniors are eligible to apply.  All applications are accepted on a rolling basis, which means that the earlier you apply, the better chance you have of getting in. 

Apply here

UROP

Applications Open for Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program 

Application Deadline
Tues, Dec. 3

UROP’s Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program ( DCERP) will be accepting applications for Summer 2020 through December 3rd! DCERP students will gain valuable experience while helping community organizations with their research needs. They’ll also become part of a dynamic learning community that will get to know about Detroit history, have fun together, and share their passion for social justice. Students will receive a stipend and housing for this 9-week program.

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In the Impact Community:

Catalyst Applications Open to Social Entrepreneurs

Letter of Intent Deadline:
Mon, Dec. 9


CTIA and its foundation are committed to equity and transparency in supporting social enterprises that seek to make strides at the intersection of wireless technology and health and wellness. Catalyst therefore seeks to support entities – both for-profit and non-profit – who have the potential and infrastructure in place to make a real impact but who may face barriers to accessing capital. First prize is $100,000
 

Info and Application

Applications being accepted for Cordes Fellowships

Application Deadline:
Thurs, Jan. 30

If you are an exceptional social entrepreneur or nonprofit leader engaged in building sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice globally, the Cordes Fellowship provides an opportunity to participate as a full Delegate at the Opportunity Collaboration in Cancun, Mexico in October. The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship is to open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives; enrich OC with new, emerging leaders; and infuse OC discussions with a diversity of perspectives.

Info and Application

October 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

Business+Impact Introduces New Workshop Series on UN Sustainable Development Goals


How are Ross faculty members advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through business research? Business+Impact will begin regularly hosting interactive design micro-charettes for students called Faculty Research for Impact (FR4I), themed around specific goals. Next week, we will address Goal 1: Poverty Alleviation with Bill LovejoyTed London, and Aneel Karnani. (This event reached capacity within 24 hours of our announcement!)

Sign up for our emails to catch these upcoming events that are in the works during the coming months:

Learn more about the FR4I Series

 

Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Is Calling all Student Social/Environmental Ventures

Info Session
Tues, Oct. 29, 5 – 6 pm
Room B0560 Blau Building

Application Deadline: Mon, Nov. 4

Do you have an idea for a mission-driven business? Are you developing a social venture or interested in sustainability? Discover the Michigan Business Challenge (MBC) and unleash your inner entrepreneur! MBC is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition where student teams have the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling over $100,000. The Seigle Impact Track recognizes the business plan that best pursues a mission-driven goal. Student teams from across campus receive mentoring and coaching as they advance through three rounds to the finals in February.

The Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track is sponsored by the Mark and Robin Seigle Entrepreneurial Innovation Fund and co-managed by Business+Impact, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

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Business+Impact Announces the 19-20 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

Welcome to our 2019-20 Board Fellowship participants! This year’s Board Fellowship Program brings together a record 31 partner organizations and 39 fellows from six U-M schools who will serve on the respective governing boards.

Check out the photo album from the orientation.

SEE ALL OF THE NAMES

Ross Event Highlights:


CVCI: Ross Fintech Challenge Pitch Event
Fri, Nov. 1 @ 8 am – Noon
Robertson Auditorium, Ross


Erb: Business Won’t Save the World: Anand Giridharadas
Tues, Nov. 5 @ 5:30 pm
Robertson Auditorium, Ross


Tauber: Global Operations Conference; Sustainability
Thurs – Fri, Nov. 7 – 8
Ross School of Business


CPO: Are Diversity Initiatives Effective? –
Lisa Leslie

Mon, Nov. 18 @ 4 – 5 pm
Robertson Auditorium, Ross

 


Gordon Scholarship Winners for 2019-20

Business+Impact (B+I) is pleased to announce that Sheetal Singh (MBA ’20), Emma Smith (MBA ’20) and Ivy Wei (MBA/MS ’20) were chosen to receive the 2019-20 Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarships for outstanding commitment to solving complex social challenges through learning. These three recipients were chosen from nearly thirty applicants, and the announcement comes with a $5,000 award for each recipient. Each will serve as B+I Student Ambassadors for the full 2019-20 academic year.

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FIVE Ideas
Focus | Innovate | Validate | Empower


Fri, Nov. 15 @ Noon – 3  pm
+Impact Studio, Ross

Be a part of this facilitated design thinking workshop focused on addressing common challenges women face. Explore human experiences, gain ideation skills to craft impactful solutions, and empower yourself and others to take action. Together we will make the world five ideas stronger. Please register here (spots are limited).



+Impact Studio


LIghtning Info Sessions
Mon Nov. 4 @ 1-3 pm
+Impact Studio
2nd Floor Executive Residence

Are you looking to find out more about the work being done in the new +Impact Studio at Ross and ways for students at Ross and across campus to get involved?  Sign up for a lightning info session to learn about the events and offerings at the studio, including the graduate +Impact Studio course (BA670), selected as one of Poet’s & Quants “Most Interesting New MBA Courses”, and more from faculty and staff.  Each 20-person info session lasts about twenty minutes  In the meantime check out details from our Fri, Sept 20 Open House, when over 200 faculty and staff joined us for hors d’oeuvres and conversation in the space.

See the photo album
Read the article
Sign up for the Winter course
Register for a Lightning Info Session


Impact News & Notes

At the University:

GINSBERG CENTER

Entering, Engaging & Exiting Communities in Detroit

Wed, Oct. 23 @ 5:30 – 7 pm
Weill Hall, Ford School

This interactive workshop introduces principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with communities, including motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways–with an emphasis on working with communities in Detroit. This workshop is open to all students, including ones in small classes or student organizations with less than 10 students.

Registration Info

POVERTY SOLUTIONS

The Road to Hell: Why Serving the Poor Does Not Eliminate Poverty

Fri, Oct. 25 @ Noon – 1:30 pm
1840, School of Social Work

The Rev. Faith Fowler, executive director of Cass Community Social Services, will give a talk titled “The Road to Hell: Why Serving the Poor Does Not Eliminate Poverty” as part of the 2019 Real-World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions speaker series. –  Event Info

Also, check out all of Poverty SolutionsReal World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions speaker series. On Oct. 29, Stephanie Land & Joy DeGruy will come to the Michigan League, and on Nov. 1 Dorian Warren comes to Michigan.  On Nov. 8, Greg Landsman will speak on schools, and on Nov. 15 Dean Kamen speaks on people-centered solutions.

FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Human Rights on the Brink

Thurs, Nov. 14, 4 – 5:20 p.m.
Weill Hall, Ford School

Michael Breen, President and CEO of Human Rights First will speak on campus about his experience with promoting respect for human rights and the rule of law around the world. In addition to serving in the US Army, Breen was CEO of the Truman National Security Project, a nationwide membership organization of diverse leaders inspired to serve in the aftermath of September 11th.

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In the Impact Community:

Net Impact Conference: Widening the Lens

Oct. 24-26
TCF (formerly Cobo) Center
Detroit Michigan

When was the last time you gathered under one roof with 1,500 people who care just as deeply as you do about social impact? At NI19, you will: connect to changemakers, innovators, sustainability leaders, activists, influencers, students and companies. You will be inspired to tackle today’s biggest challenges. You can learn how to make an impact from where you are working and living now.

Info and Registration

Allies for Women – Please Stand UP!

Sat, Oct. 26 @ 9:30 am – 2 pm
Bamboo Detroit
1420 Washington Blvd.

The Detroit Women’s Leadership Network (DWLN) is a diverse intersection of women who reside, work or serve in the Detroit area, committed to producing meaningful change in the region.  At their second annual Leadership Summit, watch for leaders like Danielle North, Sean Gray, Sarida Scott-Montgomery and Kelly Cleaver, among others.

Registration Info

Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Thurs, Nov 7
TCF (formerly Cobo) Center, Detroit

Sponsored by Michigan Women Forward HERStory, this event honors the women of nonprofits who have made significant strides in improving the economic and personal well-being of Michigan women and girls. This event is also a fundraiser for the foundation.

Registration Info

D-Prize

Regular Application Deadline
Sun, Nov. 10 @ Midnight

The world has already invented ways to end poverty, yet the best interventions are not being distributed at mass-scale. Can you design a business or NGO that solves one of the common distribution challenges? If selected, you would get $20,000 from D-Prize to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists. 

Application Info

Wege Prize

Deadline: Sun, Nov. 10

Wege Prize 2020 will again be open to undergraduate and graduate students from anywhere in the world, and will again be focused on the circular economy. When does it start? Well, right now! The Team Application period has been open since August, but final deliverables and team names are due next month.

Rules & Application

Convening Michigan’s Impact Investing Ecosystem: Southfield

Thurs, Nov. 14 @ 9 am – 11 am
Mission Throttle, Southfield

All stakeholders in Michigan’s impact investing ecosystem (including those who are new to impact investing) are invited to come together at one of four regional events hosted by the Council of Michigan Foundations. Join investors, investees, advisors and those helping to provide learning and leadership in impact investing for an opportunity to learn about Michigan’s ecosystem, identify areas of need and increase our collective impact. 

Info and Registration