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Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Semi-Final Winners

SeaSpider pitches their business idea during Round 2.

Ann Arbor, January 23, 2023 – The Michigan Business Challenge (MBC), a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition has announced the four teams advancing to the Seigle Impact Track Finals.

Many student teams submitted proposals for MBC back in November, with one third of them submitting for the Seigle Impact Track. After passing a qualifying round and another round, eight teams advanced to these Semi-Finals, held Friday, January 20th at Michigan Ross.

The following four teams will advance to the Seigle Impact Track Finals on Friday, February 10, 2023:

  • e3 – a holistic chrome extension that bridges the information gap to allow consumers to conveniently identify more sustainable choices by scanning and scoring clothing product pages on their environmental impact and providing recommendations for alternative eco-friendly items. Joshua Glynn, BBA ’24; Manal Shaikh, BBA ’24; Alexander Bower, BBA ’24; Saavan Kaneria, BBA ’24; Sena Kaddurah, BBA ’24; Lucas Coman, BBA ’24

  • International Footprint – a global comprehensive toolkit that provides access to mindfully translated information about legal policies, including visas, taxes, and healthcare, for international students and workers. Yeonkyoung No, BBA & BA PPE ’25; Dan Atlman, BSE Mechanical Eng ’24; Gyu Been Moon, BA Political Science & BA Korean Literature and Culture ’24; Justin Park, BA Cognitive Science ’22

  • SeaSpider – Aiming  to improve the identification of abandoned fishing nets in sensitive coral reefs in order to allow conservation organizations to remove abandoned fishing nets that kill wildlife and destroy coral reefs. Joe Huang, CS ’22; Adam Zhang, BS Environment  ’23

  • Team of five Asian students present their idea: Solarfridge.

    Team Solar Fridge presents at the MBC-Seigle Impact Track Semi-Finals on January 20, 2023.

    Solar Fridge – working to develop an inexpensive, solar-powered energy independent, and low-maintenance vaccine refrigerator to ensure vaccine availability and viability in low-resource communities. Thomas Chen, BS ’23; Ryan Fang, BS ’25; Avani Govindswamy, BSE ’24; Gabriel Ferriero, BSE ’25; Alan Shi, BSE ’24; Cara Gallagher, BSE ’25; Aham Lee, BSE ’23; Ryan Hamby, BSE ’22; Carina Gallagher, BSE ’23; Nancy Chen, BSE ’23; Allison Lee, BSI ’24; Thiago Reis, BSE ’24; Paola Zavala, BSE ’25; Eldon Xu, BSE ’23

Additionally, 4 teams are advancing in the the Innovation Track (BeatNami, C-PRO, Protein Pints, and Relic), and 4 teams are advancing in the Invention Track (Citrimer, Exquisite Studio, ModernVivo, and TAP).

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.