Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Semi-Finalist Teams for 2021

(ADAPTED FROM ZELL LURIE INSTITUTE POST FROM DEC. 7, 2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges, bringing with it an opportunity for our University of Michigan entrepreneurs to pivot and persevere! On December 4, nearly 40 student teams competed in one of three tracks of the 2021 Michigan Business Challenge (MBC) through a virtual platform.

Panels of esteemed judges from the entrepreneurial ecosystem were given the difficult task of selecting only 8 teams per track to advance in the competition. We are happy to announce the teams awarded the chance to compete in the MBC Semi-Finals in early 2021.

MBC Seigle Impact Track Semi-Finalist Teams

The MBC Seigle Impact Track recognizes the business that best pursues a mission-driven goal and aims to stimulate the creation of new businesses, products or services that prioritize social and/or environmental considerations. The teams moving forward in this track include: 

CLOVO Brand – Megan Martis, (MS ’21) presented CLOVO, a startup which creates sustainable sheer tights with a new design to empower women and the environment.

Donate Anything – Pitched by Andrew Wang (BBA ’24) and Abdullah Umar (BBA ’24), Donate Anything is a search engine that shows organizations that accept a list of items an individual would like to donate.

enna – Presented by Amani Badran (WMBA, ‘21), enna is a fashion and lifestyle magazine for Muslim women, by Muslim women.

EQuity – Justin Woods (MSW/MBA ’21) pitched EQuity, a learning and development venture that provides training and coaching to help clients advance racial justice by developing emotional intelligence.

Ground Up – Presented by Gabriel Doss (MBA ’21), GroundUp is an app-based marketplace for landscaping jobs and community service.

MoneyMoves – MoneyMoves brings intentionality to consumer spending by helping consumers discover and shop at minority-owned businesses, ensuring that money moves into the hands of under-represented business owners. The MoneyMoves team includes Sasha Kapur (MBA ’21), Claire Yee, (MBA ’21), and Ezana Tadese (MBA ’21).

Parcel Health – Presented by Melinda Su En Lee (PharmD ’21) and Victor Le (PhD ’21), Parcel Health strives to create global impact through sustainable healthcare product innovation.

SustainiUM – Our technology collects heat generated by spent nuclear fuel (SNF), a form of nuclear waste, and uses this heat to dry wastewater sludge. The SustainiUM team includes Aniket Yadav (MS’21), Jacob Ladd (JD’23), Anya Shapiro (MS/MBA’22), Luyao Li (MS’21), and Marianna Coulentianos (Ph.D.’20).

The MBC Innovation Track recognizes new ventures that offer a product, service, mobile application, or platform serving consumers or enterprises. The MBC Invention Track recognizes ventures that have intellectual property at the core of their high-tech venture and aims to stimulate the creation of new businesses in life sciences, physical sciences, mobility, AR/VR, and more.

Over the next few weeks, these student teams will continue to fine-tune their business plans for a chance at over $100,000 in cash prizes. Stay connected with the 2021 campus-wide competition through the ZLI website.

The Michigan Business Challenge is a multi-round competition for students from across 19 schools and colleges at the University of Michigan. MBC focuses on entrepreneurial teams testing real-world business concepts through engaging in customer discovery, vetting financial models, conducting market research, and developing a complete business plan. Throughout the competition, students have the opportunity to gain feedback from leaders in the entrepreneurial and venture investment community–allowing them to expand their business network.

The MBC Innovation Track recognizes new ventures that offer a product, service, mobile application, or platform serving consumers or enterprises. The MBC Invention Track recognizes ventures that have intellectual property at the core of their high-tech venture and aims to stimulate the creation of new businesses in life sciences, physical sciences, mobility, AR/VR, and more.