Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Round One Winners

Ann Arbor, November 25, 2019 – The Michigan Business Challenge (MBC), a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition has announced the eight teams advancing in its Seigle Impact Track.

Approximately 100 student teams submitted proposals for MBC, with 33 teams submitting for the Seigle Impact Track. After passing a qualifying round, teams advanced to Round One, which was held at the Ross School of Business on Friday, November 22, 2019. In the Seigle Impact Track, eight teams will now advance to Round Two, taking place on Friday, January 24, 2020. From there, four teams will advance to the Finals on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Eight impact teams will advance from Round One to Round Two:

  • For Dearborn presents during Round One of the MBC Seigle Impact Track.

    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 eight enterprises feature multidisciplinary student teams from Engineering, School of Information, Biology, Ecology, Public Health, Computer Science, Medicine, and Business. Additionally, 8 teams are advancing in the the Product/Service Track, and 8 teams are advancing in the IP Track.

The Michigan Business Challenge (MBC) is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition where student businesses have the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling over $100,000, gain feedback from leaders in the business community, and expand their business network. Ross’ 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