Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track Winner Announced

Ann Arbor, March 18, 2018 – The winner of the 2019 Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track is Dear Black Women (Florence Noel,MBA/MSI 2019), an affirmation movement and social network for Black women to heal, connect and grow. The Seigle Impact Track competition, co-sponsored by the Zell Lurie InstituteBusiness+Impact, and the Erb Institute, began in November with over 50 teams. Eight semi-finalists competed on February 8 for the four finalist spots in the Seigle finals competition.

Other finalists included:

NeoHealth is a company dedicated to eliminating counterfeit drugs in developing countries. It is estimated that over 1,000,000 people die each year solely due to counterfeit drugs. We have developed a low-cost device that attaches to a phone and utilizes the camera to detect whether an antimalarial is counterfeit or authentic.  — Sujai Arakali (BS 2020), Derrell Chapman (BS 2019)

Practical Prosthetics integrates 3D printing in the prosthetic manufacturing process, developing functional prosthetics operated by an independent and intuitive control system. The technology necessary to make affordable and accessible prosthetics exists—Practical Prosthetics is simply putting it to use and challenging the stigma that prosthetics need to be complicated and expensive. — Harrison Price (BSE 2021), Joseph Schuman (BS 2021), Ethan Russo (BBA 2021), Anthony Salmeron (BSE 2021)

SubQ Assist is a task-shifting device that facilitates the consistent and accurate administration of subcutaneous contraceptive implants thereby minimizing the likelihood of complications during removal and allowing minimally trained healthcare workers to provide safe access in rural areas. — Vinayak Gokhale (MBA 2019)

Dear Black Women received $15,000 for first place in the Seigle Impact Track and $100 for third place in Elevator Pitch competition.

Practical Prosthetics was the Seigle Impact Track Runner-up ($7,500), won the Best Undergraduate Team Award ($5,000) and the Williamson Cross-function Team Award ($5,000). Seigle finalist NeoHealth won a Positive Organizing Award ($2,500) and a Best Showcase Award ($250).  

The expert judging panel for the Seigle Impact Track finals was comprised of:

  • Carolyn Cassin – Belle Impact Fund
  • Loch McCabe – Shepherd Advisors
  • Marissa Guananja – W.K. Kellogg Foundation  

The Michigan Business Challenge is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition, of which the Seigle Impact Track is a subset focused on entrepreneurial student ventures focused on social  and/or environmental impact.  The competition is open to all students of the University of Michigan, and multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. 

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