+Impact Studio Alumni & Community Network

Create a better world by design.

+Impact Studio Alumni & Community Network

If you are an alum or community member and are interested, the Impact Studio Alumni & Community Network is a group of mission-aligned leaders and subject matter experts across sectors, industries, and experiences. They provide insight and expertise to student teams, helping shape concepts and bring the studio’s unique vision to life.

Time Commitment

  • Baseline involvement includes ~30 minute phone call per month, with greater potential volume in September and January as availability and interest allows

Responsibilities

  • Serve as a subject matter expert for student teams to facilitate team research, opportunity identification, ideation, and prototyping progress
If you are an alum and are interested in this opportunity, contact us at impactstudio@umich.edu.

Who We Are & What Makes Us Different

The +Impact Studio at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business is a studio for creators and innovators.  Launched within the Business+Impact Initiative in 2019, our mission is to bring impactful ideas to life using business and design tools along with research expertise from our university community.

The +Impact Studio offers a course and co-curricular fellowship to design, prototype, and launch concepts.  We hope to create a generation of architects able to work with communities to address pressing problems. We welcome for-profit, nonprofit, or open source models, policy briefs, etc. as solutions.  This unique model does not exist at other business schools.

The +Impact Studio Course: BA 670

In BA670, interdisciplinary graduate student teams will harness research and develop solutions with local organizations. Under the guidance of Prof. Sanchez-Burks, teams will:

  • Interview a set of nonprofit organizations and small businesses along with a wide range of subject matter experts 
  • Identify common pain points/concerns for which a scalable solution could be built
  • Co-create solutions through iteration and rapid prototyping and share the opportunities they find with everyone that was interviewed; iterate based on feedback

Designing for Resilience

Community businesses and nonprofit organizations often depend on foot traffic and commonly operate on tighter margins. The COVID-19 crisis presents an opportunity to innovate and build a more resilient ecosystem of organizations that support our local communities. We are prioritizing organizations facing the greatest inequities in the pandemic, including women and minority-owned businesses and nonprofit organizations. Over the summer students with the +Impact Studio worked with area businesses to design tools and solutions to help navigate the pandemic. You can view this set of open source tools and guides. This academic year, the studio will build on the work done this summer through the Impact Studio graduate course.