December 2018 Newsletter

At Ross:

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, Feb. 8!

  • BLIP – aiming to reduce the amount of time and effort women in rural Gujarat, India, spend to collect potable water, alleviating pain and reducing “time poverty.”
  • Dear Black Women – an affirmation movement and social network, online and offline, that grows the social capital of black women.
  • Dough – personalizing student loan management from matriculation through repayment to reduce debt burdens and default rates.
  • NeoHealth – a low-cost device that can be used to detect counterfeit antimalarials in developing countries.
  • Peerstachio – a peer-to-peer learning community platform that helps undergraduate college students improve their grades by connecting underclassmen with trusted upperclassmen.
  • Practical Prosthetics – providing affordable, accessible and functional 3D-printed prosthetics.
  • SubQ Assist – a task-shifting device to aid in the safe administration of subcutaneous contraceptive implants for people in rural areas.
  • ValCycle – an end-to-end reverse logistics platform that connects unused product to the people who need it most.

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



Impact Assessment Workshop

Wed, Jan. 16, 5-6:30 pm
R1230, Ross School of Business

Every social entrepreneur must have the tools and know-how to conduct an impact assessment or program evaluation for their enterprise. This ensures that it will have the desired social effect in the environment in which it is being built. This start-up workshop is required for all teams participating in the Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track, but the event is open to the public. Professor Michael Gordon will be leading workshop activities.

Ross Event Highlights:

Sanger: Leadership Crisis Challenge Finals
Fri, Jan. 18 @ 3-5 pm
Michigan Stadium

Ross Events:
MLK Keynote Lecture: Tim Wise, Julia Putnam
Mon, Jan 21 @ 10 am
Hill Auditorium

All of these events are open to the public. For a complete list of impact events in the coming month, visit the Business+Impact Impact Gateway at

Ross Accounting Outreach Program Seeks Coordinators

As Ross Accounting Outreach continues to offer free financial projections and accounting support to Detroit entrepreneurs, it’s looking to recruit new paid program coordinators to help manage and run this program next semester and through the summer. Candidates are required to have some experience with accounting and availability during summer.

Position Information

Several Impact Summer Internships


Graduate students seeking summer internships with the Environmental Defense Fund or Civic Consulting Alliance should apply for the following internships by mid-January:

Impact News & Notes


Karen Biddle Andres, MBA/MPP ’08

As a dual major, Karen Biddle Andres learned quickly to speak the language of business and policy, and more importantly how to use her time and talents effectively. We had the opportunity to speak with her recently about the things she learned at Michigan, and discoveries made since she began her career improving the financial health of everyday people.

Read interview

At the University:

Bioethics Discussion: Race

Tues, Jan. 15, 7 – 8:30 pm
Room 2185, Lurie Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering will host a program on (in)equality that is more than skin deep. Subjects will include “Racial disparity in emergency department triage,” “Dealing with the realities of race and ethnicity,” “Race/ethnicity and success in academic medicine,” and “Race and trust in the healthcare system,” and others.

Roundtable information

Semester in Detroit

Spring/Summer Application Deadline: Wed, Jan. 9

The Semester in Detroit program accepts undergraduate students from all schools and departments at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. The most successful program participants typically have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Applicants should have a strong interest in the city of Detroit and in community-service learning.

Application Info



Containment and the Carceral State

Wed, Jan. 16, 5:30-7:30 pm
Hatcher Graduate Library

The Carceral State Project 2018-19 Symposium is the first major undertaking hosted by the University of Michigan Carceral State Project. The symposium series will feature six roundtable discussions that interrogate the meaning of the carceral state—broadly defined—and its intersection with criminalization, policing, containment, surveillance, activism, and community building. This is the first event in the series.

Register here

In the Impact Community:

Hult Prize

App Deadline: Sun, Dec. 30 @ 11:59 pm EST

In partnership with former President Clinton, the Hult Prize is a student movement dedicated to solving the world’s social issues. This year’s competition challenges participants to build a scalable, sustainable social enterprise that addresses youth unemployment issues.

Application Information


Humanity in Action

App Deadline: Sun, Jan. 6 @ 11:59 pm PST

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. Fellowships in Europe run during June and in Atlanta during July.

Apply here

Ethnographic Field School in Detroit

Enrollment currently open

After decades of disinvestment and white flight, the idea of Detroit as a place of opportunity is resurgent; but whose conditions are improving, and on what terms? During the field school, students will live collectively and travel in teams to conduct fieldwork throughout Detroit’s neighborhoods. Then they will write up and present a program evaluation that ProsperUS and similar organizations can use to document the organization’s impact and improve future programming.

Info and Application

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