Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Round One Winners

Ann Arbor, November 16, 2022 – 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 65 student teams submitted proposals for MBC, with 23 teams submitting for the Seigle Impact Track on Tues, Nov. 1. Teams advanced through Round One, which was held at the Ross School of Business on Monday, November 14, 2022. In the Seigle Impact Track, seventeen teams will now advance to Round Two, taking place on Friday, December 2, 2022. The semifinals will take place Friday, January 20, 2023, and the finals will be Friday, February 10, 2023.

Hattie McKinney’s Great Quality Developments won the 2022 MBC Seigle Impact Track in February of 2022.

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

  • Azarias – Enterprise resource management software for small nonprofits and insightful small nonprofit data provider for donors. Matt Martin, BSE ’22

  • CliMates – A platform that educates Millennials & GenZ and facilitates investment/donations to green technology and projects in underserved countries. Akhila Kosaraju MDes’23, Chris Okumura BS’22,  Isha Goel MS Corporate Sustainability ‘22

  • COLORSCOLLAB – a community festival featuring local artists/musicians and curated creative spaces that pull YOU in to participate – paint or sculpt your own pieces, learn about audio and lightning, envision the future of your city! Anna Lam, MBA/MURP ’23

  • 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

  • FUSE – a one-stop financial empowerment hub for refugees that allows asylum seekers to open a bank account without a social security number, build credit, access financial orientation resources, professional development opportunities, local coupons, and manage their government cash assistance in any language they speak. Margarethe Steinhaus, MPP ’23; Christian Neubacher, MPP ’23

  • G2G: Grow Together – a wealth-building platform that uses financial planning, learning modules, and a community forum to support individuals experiencing life hardships (i.e., caregiving/infertility/life-threatening ailment/divorce). Yasmin Abdulhadi, MBA ‘23; Bridgit Jung, LSA ’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

  • Kinetic – an energy harvesting floor tile that can generate electricity from footsteps. We make renewable energy more accessible one step at a time. Tirth Patel, MBA ‘24; Pooja Saran, MBA ‘24

  • LexoFin – a Web3 platform that translates financial terminology on the fly to make the world of finance & investing accessible to everyone. Bryant Burciaga, MBA ’24

  • LumeSolar – a residential and commercial solar panel installation and distribution firm. Fredy Rosado, BBA ’25; Korey Zelda, BS Econ ’24

  • Nexeus – a Solutions R&D ecosystem for State and local governments to leverage emerging technology to create solutions for Societal and Humanitarian concerns. Toinu Reeves, PHD Candidate Economics ’24

  • PILs Ventures – Building the platform to help close the generational health-and-wealth gap. George Okpamen, MBA ’23

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Cookout – an immersive experience of performances, activities, and food to highlight and uplift the diversely rich communities on a college campus. Maria Fields, BSE ’24

  • Unavigate – College connection service that allows high school students to communicate with college students and ask questions regarding their school/major. Yash Singhvi, BBA’26; Esha Patel BS(Econ)’26; Rikhil Sankati BBA ‘26

  • Ways to Future – Collect food scraps from dining halls, convert them into animal feeds, and sell back to local farms. Lanzhao Cheng, MS’24, Hejing Hu, MS’24, Dawei Liu, MS’24, Langheng Pan, MS’24

The seventeen enterprises feature multidisciplinary student teams from the fields of Engineering, Economics, Sustainability, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Design, and Business. Additionally, 8 teams are advancing in the Invention Track, and 20 teams are advancing in the Innovation 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. The 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

Business+Impact’s 22-23 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

During the 2022-23 academic year,  participants in Business+Impact’s 23rd annual Board Fellows program will serve as non-voting members of local nonprofit boards while completing major projects.  On Fri, Sept. 30, 2022, all student Board Fellows with nonprofit partner organizations for a morning-long orientation to the program. This year’s cohort features students from Michigan Ross, the Ford School of Public Policy, the School of Information, the School of Education, the School of Medicine, and the School for Environment and Sustainability.

Below are the regional organizations and the students assigned to them:

Accent Pontiac

Accent Pontiac’s mission is to strengthen Pontiac’s youth and community through equitable access to intensive and consistent music making.
www.accentpontiac.org/website

  • Angela Yim, MD, MBA ’24
  • Gabe Baskin, MPP ’24

Alternatives for Girls

Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy, and exploitation; and helps them to explore and access the support, resources, and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices for their lives.
www.alternativesforgirls.org

  • Rediat Mersha, MEd ’23

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre

A2CT’s mission is to provide individuals and the community with opportunities to participate in all aspects of live theatre.
www.a2ct.org

  • Lillian Brandt, MBA ’23

Ann Arbor People’s Food Co-op

The mission of the Ann Arbor People’s Food Co-op, includes promoting the local economy, environmental sustainability, health, and economic justice, and enhancing and encouraging cooperative community by fostering participatory ownership through volunteer opportunities and educational experiences.
peoplesfood.coop/newsite/

  • Isabel Bonnyman, MBA ’24

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
www.bbbswashtenaw.org

  • Landry Ndahayo, MBA ’24
  • Liam Sullivan, MBA ’24

A Brighter Way

ABW is dedicated to reducing recidivism rates in Washtenaw County by creating a supportive community for our friends and family returning home from incarceration through mentoring, programs, resources, advocacy and stigma reduction.
abrighterway.org

  • Alexa Pete, MBA ’24
  • Alexia Carrillo Villalobos, MPP ’23

Brilliant Detroit

Brilliant Detroit creates kid success neighborhoods where families with children ages 0-8 have what they need to be school-ready, healthy, and stable.
brilliantdetroit.org

  • Dani Moragne, MBA ’24
  • Serena Bidwell, MBA/MD ’24

Classic Stage Company

Classic Stage Company (CSC) challenges the traditional perception of classic work by exploring and reimagining great stories across the world’s repertoire that illuminate our common humanity. As a home for the classics, we collaborate with artists to produce work that is inclusive, relevant and accessible. We believe that theater can both reflect and improve our society by reaching across cultural divides in order to foster shared empathy and understanding.
classicstage.org

  • Caroline Rourke, MBA ’24

Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center

The Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center  advances innovative practices in higher education that promote respectful, transformative dialogue on controversial topics and complex social issues, thereby reflecting a commitment to pluralism and academic freedom and strengthening a democratically engaged society.
difficultdialogues.org

  • Radhika Arora, MBA ’24
  • Vivian Nguyen, MPP ’23

Detroit Theatre Organ Society

The Senate Theater, home of the Detroit Theater Organ Society (DTOS), preserves the art of theater pipe organ music by maintaining and showcasing the Mighty Wurlitzer at concerts, film screenings, and events hosted at the theater.
www.senatetheater.com

  • Rebecca Barabas, MSI ’23
  • Sydney Mark, MBA ’24

Friends in Deed

Helping people in need; and building community to end poverty.
friendsindeedmi.org

  • Sammi Vittert, MBA/MEd ’23

Henry Ford Learning Institute

HFLI creates innovative educational environments and immersive learning programs that prepare individuals to thrive and leaders to drive positive social change, equity and empowerment for all.
HFLI.org

  • Qamar Ghani, MBA ’24

Library of the Great Lakes

The mission of the Library of the Great Lakes is to inspire and support exploration of the science, history, literature, arts, and cultures of the Great Lakes region.
libraryofthegreatlakes.org

  • Dwayne McFarlane, MBA/MSI ’24

Michigan United Cerebral Palsy (MI-UCP)

MI-UCP enables all Michiganders with disabilities to live to the best of their abilities and ambitions.
www.ucpmichigan.org/

  • Hannah Orban, MPP ’23
  • Mackenzie Paull, MBA ’24

Michigan Center for Civic Engagement and Advocacy

Our mission is to promote equity and reduce barriers to civic engagement in local government, education and matters like public safety.  We work to strengthen community structures by advocating for people and causes of great merit and need.
mc-cea.org

  • Taylor Whittaker, MBA ’23
  • Ariel Freed, MPP ’24

Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition

The Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition (MEJC) works to achieve a clean, healthy, and safe environment for Michigan residents most affected by inadequate policies.
Michiganej.org

  • Kyra Reumann-Moore, MPA ’23
  • Nikunj Bhimsaria, MBA ’24

Potlikker Capital

We are committed to preserving and increasing the diversity of America’s farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers who covenant to increase equitable access to healthy food for their communities, build wealth and knowledge within their local BIPOC farming communities, and farm to address climate change through adopting regenerative farming practices
potlikkercapital.com

  • Abigail Johnson, MPP ’23
  • Sophie Geoghan, MBA/MS ’25

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
SAmetrodetroit.org

  • Sachin Shriyan, MBA ’23

SCRAP Creative Reuse

SCRAP is an arts, environment and education nonprofit with a mission to inspire creative reuse and sustainable environmental behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.
scrapcreativereuse.org/

  • Coreen DeFever, MBA ’23
  • Ryan Rounick, MBA ’24

Serenity House Communities

Our mission is to advocate for people in recovery and provide holistic options for those recovering from substance use disorder, codependency, and trauma;  to create communities free of substance use disorder, codependency and trauma
flintserenityhouse.org

  • Kelsey Angus, MBA ’24
  • Somali Vij, MBA ’23

Sistahs Reachin’ Out

The overarching mission of Sistahs Reachin’ Out (SRO) is to promote proven pathways out of cyclical poverty, under-education and limited economic advancement for identified single parents in the city of Detroit, Michigan. We primarily do this by providing community-based programming that prepares our target population to access and attain a post-secondary education degree or launch a small, community-based business.
srodet.org

  • Sharon Ceron Espinosa, MPP ’23

SOS Community Services

SOS promotes housing stability and family self-sufficiency through collaboration, care and respect.
https://soscs.org/

  • Jamie Morgenstern, MBA ’24
    Rebecca Hagos, MPP ’24

Ten Thousand Villages

Our mission is to promote dignity, hope, and a living wage for artisans around the world by ethically buying and selling their handicrafts
tenthousandvillages.com/annarbor

  • Smarak Dash Bhattamishra, MBA ’24

United Way of Washtenaw County

We bring people, resources and agencies together to create a thriving community for everyone
Uwgive.org

  • Avery Waite, MBA ’24

Washtenaw Housing Alliance

The mission of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance is to end homelessness in Washtenaw County, MI.
www.whalliance.org

  • Zach Nerod, MBA/MS ’24

Weiss Senior Fellows

  • Sarah Hagan
  • Kate Salomon
  • Anna Haas

September 2022 Newsletter

The Business Impact showcase

Meet with 30+ U-M Impact Groups at the B+I Showcase

Thurs, Sept. 8 @ Noon – 2 pm
Tauber Colloquium
Ross School of Business


Welcome new and returning students! We hope your summer was invigorating, because we have a lot of opportunities coming up for you. As part of our mission to make students aware of impact opportunities across campus, we welcome all U-M students to our fifth annual Business+Impact Showcase on Thurs, Sept. 8 from Noon – 2 pm at Ross’s sixth floor Tauber Colloquium. Students will have a chance to meet with over 30 organizations and map out their U-M impact journeys. The event will also feature a “Mission & Mocktails Room,” a raffle, and lunchtime food.

SEE MORE


Nonprofit Board Fellowship Info Sessions and Application


Business+Impact’s Nonprofit Board Fellowship Program develops cross-sector leadership skills by placing graduate students as ex officio members on boards at Southeast Michigan nonprofits.

The 2022-23 Student Application for the program is now available, along with student instructions, and is due Fri, Sept. 9 at noon.

If you haven’t yet, you must attend the info session below in order to participate in the program for 2022-23:

BF Info Session
Wed. Sept 7 @ 4 pm
Room 3240, Weill Hall


If you are unable to attend due to an academic or religious conflict, please email us to schedule an alternate time.

MORE INFO & APPLY


+Impact Studio Founders and Applebaum Impact Design Fellows Application


If you’re a current U-M student from any degree program who has a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and enthusiasm for interdisciplinary collaboration, we want you!  If you have a commitment to impact, and willingness to help take ideas from concept to prototype to scale, we want you!

The +Impact Studio Founders Program helps impact-driven creators and innovators bring impactful ideas to life that build a sustainable and just world for all! Using business knowledge, design tools, and research expertise, our experienced and interdisciplinary coaches and fellows roll up their sleeves and work alongside founders to accomplish great things.

Applebaum Impact Design Fellows are part of an interdisciplinary cohort working to support the +Impact Studio Founders Program & prototype studio concepts.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BOTH PROGRAMS

APPLY TO BE A FOUNDER

APPLY TO BE A FELLOW

Ross Event Highlights:

Ross Admissions: Women’s Forte Forum
Thurs, Sept. 8 @ 11 am ET
Online

CPO: What Inclusive Leaders Do Differently
Wed, Sept. 14 @ 2 pm ET
Online

Photo of various ages and races of women facing the camera, wearing pastel colors.

Ross Admissions: Ross Women’s Weekend
Thurs-Sat, Oct 6-8
Ross School of Business

Crowd of diverse students with a Ross flag.

Ross Admissions: UpClose Diversity Weekend
Fri-Sun , Oct 7-9
Ross School of Business

MBA2 Gordon Impact Scholarship Application Due in September

Application due:
Mon, Sept. 26 @ Noon

Are you an MBA2 committed to addressing complex social challenges? This year the Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship Fund will award four $7,500 scholarships to MBA2s who demonstrate a dedication to impact. Applications are open now, and winners will be announced in late September.

J’Taime Lyons (MBA/MPP ’22), Nathan Alston (MBA ’22), and Elizabeth Wallace (MBA/MS ’22) were each chosen to receive Gordon Scholarships in 2021-22.

APPLY NOW


A Summer of Impact: Insights from B+I Summer Interns

This year, Business+ Impact’s Summer Fund financially supported the summer impact internships of 29 University of Michigan students. MBA funding came from the Give-A-Day Fund, a student-led MBA pay-it-forward fund, and from General Motors. Additionally, the Gordon Impact Entrepreneurship Fund provided support for BBA and MBA student internships with ventures or funders seeking to create societal impact. Students from Ross and Ford created impact through virtual or onsite internships, where they developed skills in business and policy that expanded their horizons exponentially and created value for numerous impact organizations. Read their stories below, and see photos from their experiences.

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Impact News & Notes

OVPR anti-racism grants awarded to eight research teams

U-M students put skills to work through summer internship program, helping Detroit communities

New Research Explains What Triggers Corporate Action on Social Issues – featuring CPO’s Stephanie Creary

Facebook bans hate speech but still makes money from white supremacy ads – featuring Libby Hemphill

U-M study: Local renewable energy employment can fully replace U.S. coal jobs nationwide

Business schools get a bad rap – but a closer look shows they’re often a force for goodCollective Experimentation and Acts of Urbanism in Banglatown, Detroit

Compromises in Democrats’ climate bill will hit communities facing most pollution hardest, critics say – featuring Kyle Whyte

Helping youth harness the power of communication

A win-win: working together to increase the impact

Stakes are high for Detroit renters living in foreclosed homes

Poverty Solutions collaborates on Detroit Land Contract Buyer Guide

Rabe: Landmark U.S. climate bill addresses methane

U-M study finds discussing carbon dioxide removal does not limit climate policy support

Poverty Solutions: Washtenaw County should consider long-term impact, implementation of ARPA allocations

SPOTLIGHT

Bob Chapman in a suit.Bob Chapman (MBA ’68)

Bob Chapman (MBA ‘68) was recently named the #3 CEO in the world by Inc. and a Top Social Capital CEO by the International Business Times.  As Chairman and CEO of $3.5 billion global capital equipment and consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller, Chapman is showing what’s possible at the intersection of great business strategy and profound care for people.  It’s the message of his 2015 Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters, his “Truly Human Leadership” TEDxTalk and a Harvard Business School case study that is used by 70 universities around the world. We caught up with Bob around the end of August 2022 and asked him questions, not only about leadership, but navigating through tough times.

READ MORE

 


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A Searchable Platform for All Things Impact at Ross and Across Campus


The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 

IMPACT GATEWAY


At the University:

SCHOOL FOR ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

Climate Justice for Whom?


Fri, Sept. 9 @ 10 – 11 am
1040 Dana Building

What are the types of injustices associated with low-carbon transitions? Relatedly, in what ways do low-carbon transitions worsen social risks or vulnerabilities? Lastly, what policies might be deployed to make these transitions more just? Join SEAS and STPP for a talk with Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool.

More Info


GINSBERG CENTER

Entering, Engaging, and Exiting Communities


Wed, Sept. 14 @ Noon – 1:30 pm
Online


Thurs, Sept 22 @ 4:30 – 6 pm
Online

All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend this community kick-off to the fall semester. Join the SEAS/PitE community and welcome both old and new faces to the start of the school year. Socialize, have fun and enjoy a bite to eat.

Register for 9/14    Register for 9/22


SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Social Change in Action: How to Be a Change Agent


Lecture: Wed, Sept. 14 @ 12:30 – 2 pm
Reception: @ 2 – 3 pm
Rogel Ballroom, Michigan Union

The Social Justice Changemaker Lecture series was established by a generous gift from Neil and Annmarie Hawkins. The second annual lecture features Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation. He will be joined by Dean Beth Angell as they explore ways to become a social justice change agent during challenging times.

More Info & RSVP


CENTER FOR THE EDUCATION OF WOMEN

CEW+ Annual Advocacy Symposium


Wed, Sept. 21 @ 12 – 5:45 pm
Michigan League


The advocacy symposium features a keynote lecture from a nationally or internationally renowned advocate, the presentation of the Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change, a capstone presentation by the outgoing Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist, and the introduction of the next activist.

More info


SCHOOL FOR ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

EarthFest


Thurs, Sept. 22 @ 10 am – 2 pm
On the Diag


Earthfest celebrates sustainability initiatives across U-M and the surrounding communities, while providing an inclusive platform to educate and engage the campus community on opportunities to support sustainability and environmental justice on campus and in our daily lives. Come learn about sustainability on campus and particpate in fun engagement opportunities.

More Info


FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Social Policy Is Health Policy: Lessons from the Pandemic


Fri, Sept. 23 @ 4-5 pm
Room 1120, Weill Hall

Join Ford School Dean and founding director of the U-M Center for Racial Justice, Celeste Watkins-Hayes, along with and Paula Lantz the James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy, as they discuss the devastating structural inequities exposed by the COVID pandemic—and why all policymakers must now be equipped with a toolkit for navigating pandemics.

More Info


DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

DEI Summit 2022


Wed, Oct. 12 @ 10-11:30 am
Power Center

This year’s summit theme, DEI: Nurturing the Heart, Mind and Soul, explores the role of the arts in supporting our humanity (heart), mental health and wellness (mind), and religious/spiritual diversity (soul). Although distinct, these topics all address components of self-identity and influence how we show up in the world.

More Info


In the Impact Community:

Detroit Month of Design

September
Detroit, MI

The 12th annual Detroit Month of Design is here and runs through September 30! The citywide collaboration of creativity that gathers designers and the greater community to celebrate Detroit’s role as a national and global design capital. The theme this year is United By Design, and the intention with the 2022 festival is to bring unity to the forefront.

More Info


Rally Winter 2023 Cohort


Apply Now!

Come join Rally and get all of the tools you need to accelerate the success of your social enterprise! The mission of Rally’s social enterprise accelerator is to help local, national, and international entrepreneurs transform their early-stage work into sustainable ventures that create positive social change, with support from mentorship & 1-on-1 coaching.

More Info


Centering Justice

Wed, Sept. 21 @ Noon – 1:30 pm ET
Online


Centering Justice offers the insight and guidance we need to realize our vision for the future. In these monthly virtual gatherings, you’ll hear the stories and live experience of inspiring leaders of color. You’ll witness passionate dialogue between nonprofit leaders, artists, activists, faith leaders, and others. Join us to hear their invitations and live into their calls to action.


Registration info


Women Leading Nonprofits

Wed, Sept. 28 @ 4:30 – 6:30 pm
614 First St NW, Grand Rapids

Michigan Nonprofit Association presents this year’s annual “Women Leading Nonprofits” event!. Guest Speakers will share lessons in leadership and how emotional intelligence can help you succeed, no matter what your role.  For student discount, contact Jen Fiandt at jfiandt@mnaonline.org 

More info


FATE Program Mentoring


Apply by Fri, Sept. 30

Give Merit’s mentorship program, FATE, is looking for University of Michigan students to become mentors! Give Merit is a Detroit-based nonprofit serving high school students that seeks to enhance and extend educational opportunities to Detroit youth through innovative enrichment and mentorship activity. If you are interested in mentoring for the FATE Program during the 2022-2023 academic year, email Give Merit’s Program Success Director, Rachel Mazzaro, at rmazzaro@meritgoodness.com for more information!

More info


Michigan Angel Summit


Mon, Oct. 10 @ 8:30 am – 4 pm
Sheraton Ann Arbor
3200 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor

The fifth annual Michigan Angel Summit is a great opportunity for individual investors to meet like-minded people from around the state and learn more about this exciting asset class.  Our keynote speaker is Peter Adams, Angel Capital Association board member and teacher of the ACA Angel University course on exits.


Registration info


SOCAP ’22


Oct. 17-20
San Francisco

SOCAP convenes the largest and most diverse impact investing community in the world.  We are at a precipice in impact, and we need to urgently accelerate the boldest, brightest ideas to put capital to work solving the world’s biggest problems. It’s time to demand and create the changes our world requires to allow all people and the planet not just to survive but thrive.


More info


Pre-College and Youth Outreach Conference


Oct. 21 @ 8 am – 4:30 pm
Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, MI

Each year PCC brings together 200+ professionals in the higher education space who focus on K-12 outreach and DEI initiatives. Other attendees are college admissions staff, first-year professionals, new to outreach, or high school administrators and college counselors. It’s a great community to share your insights and learn from others throughout the state of Michigan. 


More info

 

Board Fellows Partner Organization Info Sessions

Tues, May 17 @ Noon
Dearborn Room
UM Detroit Center

Thurs, May 19 @ Noon
Blau Hall, B1570
Ross School of Business

Are you a nonprofit organization in Southeast Michigan that is curious about the Board Fellowship program? Graduate student Fellows serve as non-voting board members during the academic year and complete a strategic project that can provide valuable capacity in areas such as strategic plan implementation, sustainability strategies, business plans, and dashboards. These sessions provide an overview for prospective organizations interested in participating during the 2022-23 academic year, and feature insights from nonprofit leaders currently participating.

Using our rigorous matchmaking and vetting process, students with the unique skills to work on your organization’s pressing issues will be assigned to your board as non-voting members. You will benefit from their expertise in project management, marketing, business systems, policy analysis, strategic planning, and more.

Applications from nonprofit organizations will be accepted from now through
Sun, June 26:

RSVP for EITHER SESSION

Business+Impact’s 21-22 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

During the 2021-22 academic year,  participants in Business+Impact’s Board Fellows program will attend monthly board meetings at local nonprofits as non-voting members and complete a major strategic project.  Below are the regional organizations and the students assigned to them:

Alternatives for Girls

Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy, and exploitation; and helps them to explore and access the support, resources, and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices for their lives.
www.alternativesforgirls.org

  • Sneha Edupuganti, MBA
  • Gena Inbusch, MBA

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

The mission of the Ann Arbor CIL is to is to empower the lives of people with disabilities and to advocate for a more inclusive community for all.
www.annarborcil.org

  • Gabriela Alvarez Estades, MBA

Ann Arbor Track Club

The Ann Arbor Track Club promotes fitness, friendship, and fun for all ages through running, walking, and track and field activities.
www.aatrackclub.org

  • Haleigh Miller, MBA

Apple Playschools

Apple Playschools embodies inclusion, innovation, and environmental stewardship in entrepreneurship and education in order to make a more equitable world.
www.appleplayschools.org/

  • Sam Ashley, MBA/MPP

Avalon Healing Center

Avalon inspires healing and empowerment for those affected by sexual violence through free and immediate comprehensive services; promotes public awareness; and advances social change.
avalonhealing.org/

  • Emma Knoesen, MBA

Center for Success Network

Center for Success unites literacy and community to empower students in the journey of education.
www.center4success.org/

  • Tess Levin, MBA
  • Nia McCarthy, MBA

Community Action Network

Community Action Network partners with children, youth, and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves and improve the communities in which they live.
canwashtenaw.org

  • Luke Hendon, MBA
  • Linda Yang, MBA

Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center

The Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center  advances innovative practices in higher education that promote respectful, transformative dialogue on controversial topics and complex social issues, thereby reflecting a commitment to pluralism and academic freedom and strengthening a democratically engaged society.
difficultdialogues.org

  • Anna Haas, MBA
  • Stella Han, MBA

GenesisHOPE

GenesisHOPE is a community development corporation in Islandview Village, a near east side neighborhood in Detroit, MI. With a focus on youth, community and economic development, we improve the quality of life for those living and working in Islandview.
www.genesishope.org

  • Tyrese Jackson, MBA
  • Ramsay Ritchie, MPP

Her World

Her World Initiative seeks to help change the life of one woman at a time afflicted by domestic violence, the litigation abuse that often ensues when they try to escape it, and the journey that takes these women from surviving, to healing, and ultimately thriving.
https://www.herworldinitiative.org

  • Patrick Burden, MBA

InsideOut Literary Arts

InsideOut’s primary goal is to transform the lives of students in metro Detroit through the written and spoken word. Our team of professional artists and performers provide high-quality, life-enhancing literary arts experiences in the classroom and in the community and make possible the realization of our mission to inspire students to “think broadly, create bravely and share their voices with the wider world.”
insideoutdetroit.org

  • Isabelle Shanafelt, MBA

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy will empower all scholars to develop the strength of character, skills, and knowledge needed to matriculate into, be great in, and graduate from college so that they have opportunities to be successful in the competitive world and to take care of themselves and the people that they love.
jrladetroit.com

  • Emmalee Greiner, MBA

Many Hands 

Many Hands is a lifesharing, learning and living community environment where people of all abilities thrive and grow to their full potential.
manyhandscommunityservices.com/

  • Tyler VauDell, MBA

Michigan Food and Farming Systems

MFFS is connecting beginning and historically underserved farmers to resources and to each other; ensuring social justice, environmental stewardship, and profitability.
www.miffs.org/

  • Chelsea Parker, MBA, Environment

Michigan United Cerebral Palsy (MI-UCP)

MI-UCP enables all Michiganders with disabilities to live to the best of their abilities and ambitions.
www.ucpmichigan.org/

  • Sarah Hagan, MBA ‘23

Motor City Freedom Riders

The Motor City Freedom Riders is an organization of metro Detroit bus riders and allies, working together across the region to build a movement for better public transit service to achieve transportation freedom.
https://motorcityfreedomriders.org/

  • Nicholas Rojas, MBA, Environment

Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan (NLSM)

Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan serves the citizens of Michigan with quality professional housing counseling, legal and advocacy services by removing barriers that prevent individuals from reaching their fullest potential.
nlsmichigan.org

  • Joss Woodhead, MBA

Old Newsboy’s Goodfellow Fund

Since 1914 the mission of the Old Newsboy’s Goodfellow Fund is “No kiddie without a Christmas.”
www.detroitgoodfellows.org

  • Grace Kenney, MBA

Salvation Army of Metro Detroit

The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit provides substance abuse treatment, women’s services, disaster services, correctional programs, Corps community centers, family services, older adult programs, shelters, day camp, character building programs, after school programs, early childhood development, William Booth Legal Aid Clinic, and Medical Respite Care.
centralusa.salvationarmy.org/emi

  • Eden Berdugo, MBA
  • Jackson Pilutti, MBA

SCRAP Creative Reuse

SCRAP is an arts, environment and education nonprofit with a mission to inspire creative reuse and sustainable environmental behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.
scrapcreativereuse.org/

  • Madison Parrish, MBA, Environment
  • Amy Schatz, MBA, Environment

SOS Community Services

SOS promotes housing stability and family self-sufficiency through collaboration, care and respect.
https://soscs.org/

  • Young Chan Lim, MPP

Southwest Solutions

The mission of Southwest Solutions is to enhance the quality of life, success and self-sufficiency of individuals and families in Detroit.
https://www.swsol.org/

  • Danielle Burnett, MBA

Two Rabbits

The Two Rabbits mission is to empower communities to create preschool programs that honor their identity and prepare children to lead the future as they define it.
www.chasingtworabbits.org/

  • Kate Salomon, MBA

Washtenaw Area Council for Children

WACC’s mission is to promote child safety and well-being, and to prevent child maltreatment, abuse, and neglect through educational service and programs to children, parents, community members and youth-serving professionals throughout Washtenaw County.
www.washtenawchildren.org/

  • Mary Jasnic, MBA
  • Sonali Reddy, MBA/MD

Washtenaw Housing Alliance

The mission of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance is to end homelessness in Washtenaw County, MI.
www.whalliance.org

  • Laura Meyer, MPP

Senior Fellows

  • Harshita Pilla, MBA/MURP
  • Benjamin Levine, MBA/MPP
  • Connor Donnelly, MBA/Environment

Michigan Ross Announces New Student Loan Repayment Program For Full-Time MBA Grads Pursuing Social Impact Careers

by Bridget Vis

With growing interest in students looking to make an impact in their careers, the Ross School of Business has created a new program to provide educational loan repayment assistance to Full-Time MBA graduates who obtain jobs at nonprofit, education, and public sector organizations.

Through the Impact Advantage Program, alumni of the Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA Program who pursue a career in the public or nonprofit sectors — and earn below the median base salary of the most recent graduating class — can apply for student loan repayment assistance. For those graduates accepted into the program, Impact Advantage will cover a portion of their Ross-related loan obligations — $7,500 per year for five years — while they are employed full-time at a social impact organization.

“We continue to see more students, especially in the Full-Time MBA Program, who are interested in pursuing roles in the public or non-profit sectors, with the goal of making a positive difference in society after graduation,” said Francine Lafontaine, associate dean for Business+Impact and William Davidson Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at Michigan Ross. “In order to support our graduates who obtain jobs in the nonprofit and public sector, we are excited to announce the Impact Advantage Program as a new resource to help them repay their educational loans.”

Impact Advantage is the first loan repayment program specifically created for Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA alumni pursuing careers in social impact. 

For more than a decade, the business school has offered its graduates who go to work at nonprofit and public sector organizations the opportunity to receive need-based support through the Ross Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). Through this program, since 2010, Michigan Ross has awarded over $500,000 in repayment assistance to dozens of its alumni. LRAP will remain in place for graduates of other Ross degree programs, and full-time MBAs who graduated prior to May 2021, while Impact Advantage will be available to full-time MBA graduates beginning with those graduating in May 2021. 

Beyond the new Impact Advantage Program, Michigan Ross also offers students interested in social impact financial support through the Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship. Gordon Scholarships are annually awarded to three second-year Full-Time MBA students who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to addressing complex social problems.

Download Impact Advantage Brochure

This article is republished from the Michigan Ross website.

Monitor Institute by Deloitte Presented Futurist Ideas for Social Sector Orgs Dealing with COVID-19

On Wed, Feb. 3, two representatives from the Monitor Institute presented futurist thinking for the social sector on behalf of B+I’s +Impact Studio.  Professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks interviewed Jenn Holk, Strategy Manager at the Monitor Institute at Deloitte and Apoorva Kanneganti (MBA ’19), Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting. The Monitor Institute by Deloitte is a team that works with social impact-focused organizations.  Ms. Holk and Ms. Kanneganti worked on a report showing tools for scenario planning. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an environment of hyper-uncertainty for social sector organizations, as the economic crisis has weakened funders and nonprofits even as the demand for their assistance is skyrocketing. Many funders and non-profits have completed their initial round of emergency response to the crisis, but they are struggling to contemplate what they should do next. To help social sector leaders confront this challenge, the Monitor Institute by Deloitte is using the tools of scenario planning—the well-tested methodology for thinking about the future pioneered by Deloitte’s Global Business Network group—to help both funders and operating nonprofits get on their front foot in preparing for the landscape on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis. While it isn’t possible to predict the future, this report provides funders and operating nonprofits with an understanding of the tools that can help them think about the critical uncertainties of the moment, reckon with the new “certainties” emerging from the pandemic, and think about how their strategies might (or might not) fit the different possible futures that may emerge in the coming months and years ahead.

Below are key resources from this event:

Business+Impact Announces Its 20-21 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

Again in the 2020-21 academic year, in the face of a coronavirus pandemic, Business+Impact is running Board Fellows program, now in its seventeenth year.  While the meetings may be virtual, the impacts will be real for these master’s students and our partner nonprofits.  Students will attend monthly board meetings as non-voting members and complete a major strategic project by the end of the academic year.  Below are the regional organizations and the students assigned to them:

Alternatives for Girls

Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy, and exploitation, and helps them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives.
www.alternativesforgirls.org

  • Alexia Sabogal, MBA
  • Moji JImoh, MBA

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

The mission of the Ann Arbor CIL is to provide hope, offer support, and transform lives with dedication to the success of children, youth, adults, and seniors with disabilities at home, at school, at work and in the community.
www.annarborcil.org

  • Jen Garb, MBA

Ann Arbor Track Club

  • The AATC will be a thriving running club that carefully combines its member activities and services to welcome all types of runners, enhancing the participation of beginners, recreational, competitive, and elite runners.
    www.aatrackclub.org

  • Eamon Culinanane, MBA

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Washtenaw County

The Mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationship
that ignite the power and promise of youth.
bbbswashtenaw.org

  • Danielle Miller, MBA

Brilliant Detroit

Brilliant Detroit is dedicated to building kid success families and neighborhoods where families with children 0-8 have what they need to be school ready, healthy and stable. We do this by providing proven programming and support year round out of Brilliant Detroit homes in high-need neighborhoods.
brilliantdetroit.org

  • Rachel Schafer, MPP
  • Daniella Gennaro, MBA

Community Action Network

Community Action Network (CAN) envisions the closing of socio-economic gaps by providing educational and enrichment programs for children and teens, supportive services for families who are under-resourced, and challenging systems rooted in racism and inequality.
canwashtenaw.org

  • Karli Boulware, MPA
  • Dave Kobel, MPH, Education

Center for Success Network

Based in Detroit, Center for Success unites literacy and community to empower students in the journey of education.
center4success.org

  • Isabel Randolph, MBA

Child Care Network

Established in 1971, Child Care Network (CCN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the success of children, families and our community through quality child care education, advocacy and family support.
childcarenetwork.org

  • Christine Smith, MBA

Detroit Horse Power

We teach urban youth to ride and care for horses as a way to develop critical skills that will set them up for future success. Our planned urban equestrian center will be built on repurposed vacant land in Detroit and offer year-round youth programming while supporting a stronger community.
detroithorsepower.org

  • Gabriel VanLoozen, MBA, JD

Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center

The Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center (DDNRC) advances innovative practices in higher education that promote respectful, transformative dialogue on controversial topics and complex social issues, thereby reflecting a commitment to pluralism and academic freedom and strengthening a democratically engaged society.
difficultdialogues.org

  • Nicole Fernandez, MBA
  • Harshita Pilla, MBA, MURP

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) is an open enrollment, tuition-free public charter high school on the northwest side of Detroit.
jrladetroit.com

  • Ben Levine, MBA, MPP

Local Circles

The mission of Local Circles is to facilitate youth-led research in which young people pose their own questions and conduct research to inquire upon social issues that are meaningful to them.
localcirclesdetroit.org

  • Josie Whelen, Environment, Education

NEW: Solutions for Nonprofits

NEW seeks to improve the impact and performance of nonprofits by creating high-quality strategic solutions.
www.new.org

  • Nicole Allen, MBA
  • Naomi Barker, MBA, Environment

Old Newsboy’s Goodfellow Fund

Since 1914 the mission of the Old Newsboy’s Goodfellow Fund is “No kiddie without a Christmas.”
www.detroitgoodfellows.org

  • Eshwar Sundararaju, MBA

Salvation Army of Metro Detroit

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.  Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without  discrimination.
centralusa.salvationarmy.org/emi

  • Conner Donnelly, MBA, Environment

Ten Thousand Villages of Huron Valley 

The Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to US markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.
http://www.tenthousandvillages.com

  • Annie Zaro, MBA, Environment

United Cerebral Palsy of Metro  Detroit

The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Detroit (UCP/Detroit) is to advance the independence of all people with disabilities while supporting their right to self-determination and inclusion through programs that focus on person centered advocacy, employment and assistive technology.
ucpdetroit.org

  • Hailey Jures, MPA

Senior Fellow

  • J’Taime Lyons, MBA
  • Emily Edkins, MBA

Business+Impact Announces the 19-20 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

Board Fellows Orientation 2019

Alternatives for Girls

Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy, and exploitation, and helps them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives.
www.alternativesforgirls.org

  • Caroline Chung, MBA
  • Kaia de Bruin, MBA

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

The mission of the Ann Arbor CIL is to provide hope, offer support, and transform lives with dedication to the success of children, youth, adults, and seniors with disabilities at home, at school, at work and in the community.
www.annarborcil.org

  • Katherine Reardon, MBA

ArtLab J

Dedicated to the art of dance in the city of Detroit, Artlab J strives to create spaces where people of all ages and abilities can learn and grow through dance.
artlabj.com

  • Claire Babilonia, MBA

Bailey Park Project

This project has become an instrumental force in the neighborhood through clean-up and social impact projects that address poverty, blight, environmental sustainability, safety, health & wellness, education, and economic development.
baileyparkproject.org

  • Michael DeJaegher, MBA

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Washtenaw County

The Mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationship
that ignite the power and promise of youth.
bbbswashtenaw.org

  • Ashley Humber, MBA
  • Elaina Spiekermann, MBA

Boys and Girls Club of Troy

Boys and Girls Club of Troy strives to give local youth a platform which allows them to develop into self-reliant, responsible, contributing members of the community.
bgctroy.org

  • Anna Sheehy, MBA
  • Rachel Abendroth, MBA/MPP

Center for Success Network

Center for Success unites literacy and community to empower students in the journey of education.
center4success.org

  • Paul Capp, MPP
  • Patrick Riley, MBA

Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS)

Since 1982, COTS has been committed to serving the most vulnerable members of the Detroit community, offering programs and services that empower people.
www.cotsdetroit.org

  • David Baker, MURP

Corner Health Center

CHS provides judgement-free, high-quality, affordable health care, mental health and supportive services to young people aged 12 through 25.
www.cornerhealth.org

  • Louise Ashwell, MSW

Detroit PAL

In partnership with the Detroit Police Department and community volunteers, Detroit PAL builds character in young people through athletic, academic, and leadership development programs.
detroitpal.org

  • Jordan Owens, MBA

Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars

Founded in 1990, Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars is Southeast Michigan’s leading private nonprofit scholarship program providing students with the knowledge, resources, and experiences to help get them to the next level. 
detroitregional.dollarsforscholars.org

  • Maggie Davidson, MSI

Ele’s Place

Ele’s Place is a healing center for grieving children and teens. Four branch locations support families throughout the Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Flint and Lansing areas and beyond.
www.elesplace.org

  • Keriann McLoughlin, MPP

Food Gatherers

Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community.
foodgatherers.org

  • Michael McMenamin, MBA

The Grosse Pointe Academy

The mission of The Grosse Pointe Academy is to nurture the potential of each child, allowing students to discover their unique strengths and passions in an environment framed by Christian values. 
gpacademy.org

  • Kyle Hoerger, MBA

Growing Hope

Growing Hope fosters an equitable and sustainable local food system where all people are empowered to grow, sell, buy, prepare, and eat nourishing food.
growinghope.net

  • Robert Hsu, MBA/MPH

Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND)

HAND’s core mission is to provide leadership to address homelessness.
handetroit.org

  • Hariharan Ganesan, MSCM

Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor

The Kiwanis Club is dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.
www.a2kiwanisfoundation.org

  • Dorothy Yen, MBA
  • Yunhee Jung, MBA

Legacy Land Conservancy

Legacy’s mission is to secure for current and future generations a land base for nature, agriculture, fresh water and recreation in Washtenaw and Jackson Counties and beyond.
legacylandconservancy.org

  • Sam Buck, MBA

Michigan Community Resources

Michigan Community Resources advances the missions of Michigan nonprofit organizations that serve low-income individuals and communities through pro bono and low cost legal and other professional services, organization development, and trusted guidance.
mi-community.org

  • Katherine Thompson, MBA
  • Aloka Narayanan, MPP

NEW: Solutions for Nonprofits

NEW seeks to improve the impact and performance of nonprofits by creating high-quality strategic solutions.
www.new.org

  • Iman Shakeri, MBA
  • Bridget Eide, MBA

North Star Reach

North Star Reach provides life-changing camp experiences for children with serious health challenges and their families, free of charge.
facebook.com/pg/northstarreach

  • Emily Edkins, MBA

Old Newsboy’s Goodfellow Fund

Since 1914 the mission of the Old Newsboy’s Goodfellow Fund is “No kiddie without a Christmas.”
www.detroitgoodfellows.org

  • John Daniels, MBA

Salvation Army of Metro Detroit

The Salvation Army is a faith-based organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination.

  • Joseph Ferstle, MBA

SCRAP

SCRAP’s mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.
scrapusa.org

  • Troy Mertins, MBA

SOS Community Services

SOS promotes housing stability and family self-sufficiency through collaboration, care, and respect.
www.soscs.org

  • Suraj Kandukuri, MBA

Soulidarity

Soulidarity is building a brighter future in Highland Park with education, organizing, and people-powered clean energy. 
soulardarity.com

  • Emily Osan, MSW

Ten Thousand Villages of Huron Valley 

The Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to US markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.
http://www.tenthousandvillages.com

  • Advika Daga, MBA
  • Gyanesh Mishra, MBA

Transportation Riders United (TRU)

Transportation Riders United is a nonprofit that has been working since 1999 to improve public transit in greater Detroit through education, engagement, and advocacy.
detroittransit.org

  • Sapna Patel, MBA

United Way of Washtenaw County

The United Way of Washtenaw County connects people, resources, and organizations together to create a thriving community for everyone.
www.uwgive.org

  • J’Taime Lyons, MBA/MPP

Washtenaw Housing Alliance

Washtenaw Housing Alliance is a unique coalition of over 30 non-profit and government entities that are committed to ending homelessness in our community.
whalliance.org

  • Connor Wakayama, MPP

Senior Fellows

  • Alexandra Husted, MBA/MPP
  • Kevin Finnegan, MPP