+Impact Design Lab

Create a better world by design.

+Impact Design Lab

Develop, nurture, and launch early-stage prototypes in the Impact Design Lab! Using business knowledge, design tools, and research, you can help impactful ideas take root in the world.

Business+Impact and the +Impact Studio are honored to partner with Applebaum Family Philanthropy in creating powerful student experiences through the Impact Design Lab. The Lab includes an interdisciplinary Applebaum Impact Design Fellowship, a Founders Program for student social innovators, and an Applebaum Impact Design Internship for students pursuing studio-related work during the summer.

Applebaum Innovator-in-Residence

Applebaum Innovator-in-Residence Moses Lee, along with our studio faculty and staff, provide coaching for our Fellows, Founders, and Interns. Moses (BBA’02, MA’03) is an experienced educator and social entrepreneur who is passionate about working with students to discover and take action on their passions. In 2011, Lee founded Seelio, an educational service and technology company that partners with universities to prepare students for their careers. Previously, Lee directed TechArb, the U of M student startup accelerator, where he coached and mentored students across all disciplines.

Applebaum Impact Design Fellowship

Are you a student who wants to build and launch something using business concepts, design tools, and research insights? Leverage your skills to make a real difference in the world in the interdisciplinary Applebaum Impact Design Fellowship! As a Fellow you’ll work on prototypes developed through the +Impact Studio BA670 course and support student social innovators in shaping their ideas to change the world. 

You’ll collaborate with a studio coaching team to bring a range of academic expertise and experience. The lab connects projects with UM and Ross research expertise and the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem at UM to advance their impact and accelerate their growth.

About our Applebaum Impact Design Fellows

Applications for Summer 2021 are open until Wed, Apr. 21 at Midnight! Details about this paid, part-time Fellowship can be found here.

Claire Babilonia


Onyekachi Ezirike


Jess Halter


Lucy Jiang


Elizabeth Sofranek



Additionally, in the Applebaum Impact Design Internship, students (MBA or BBA) engage in Summer internships in connection with the +Impact Studio. They may be a Founder working on their own social venture or project or interning with a partner organization to bring bold ideas to life with the support of the +Impact Studio.

Founders Program

Are you a student with a change-the-world concept from a class, a co-curricular program, or the back of a napkin? The +Impact Studio Founders Program is where impact-driven student innovators come together to nurture and launch their big ideas to change the world. Our growing community and action-oriented programming will help you bring your initial concepts and prototypes to life. 

For the spring/summer of 2021, the program will have an emphasis on ideas related to equity, education, health/wellness, small businesses and climate.


Dates of the program: May 17 – Aug 13, 2021

Founder eligibility: Open to all U-M students who are enrolled or who recently graduated. Student ventures should demonstrate a commitment to making a significant, positive change that addresses a pressing social and/or environmental challenge. The studio defines impact through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), and aligns the Founders program portfolio with relevant SDGs.

Time commitment: Founders should expect 1-3 hours a week of organized studio time outside of working on your idea. This may include cohort meetings, 1:1 coaching, additional meetings with +Impact Design Fellows, and workshops.

Download Program Flyer (.pdf)

Nathan Alston


Daniella Gennaro


Cindy Gu


Edward Huang


Ayodele Ojo


Raeed Rasul


Seth St. Pierre


Ronit Tiwary


Justin Woods


In addition to the Fellowship, Internship, and Founders program, we are often seeking students to help with testing, feedback, outreach, and other project-based activities. Students interested in getting involved are encouraged to reach out to the +Impact Studio at impactstudio@umich.edu.