Impact Studio Innovations

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+Impact Studio Innovations

Open Source Tools for Small Businesses

In the summer of 2020, the +Impact Studio 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, which features open source tools and resources 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. 

Learn more and view these open source tools and guides, and stay tuned for information about summer 2021 opportunities with +Impact Studio for Local Business!

+Impact Studio Course Innovations Website

In the fall of 2020, the +Impact Studio Course worked to create a page to capture insights from the design thinking elements employed to focus on engaging with local businesses and nonprofits to tackle the challenges they face during the coronavirus pandemic. The +Impact Studio Innovations site will continue to be a resource for the collected learnings from the course and will ultimately drive visitors to all of the entrepreneurial ventures that spring from the course.

Learn more about what the BA 670 course has achieved by visiting the +Impact Studio Innovations site!