If you follow us on social media, you might have seen that something called "Impact Challenge" is underway here at FoodLab Detroit. Organized by the Sanger Leadership Center, the "Impact Challenge" is one of the most ambitious and immersive leadership development programs of its kind for business school students in the country!
The "Impact Challenge" brings together the entire incoming class of first-year, full-time MBA students to engage in a four-day, fast-paced business challenge to make a positive difference in the community. This year, for the first time in history, these MBA students from Michigan Ross were partnered with 15 FoodLab food entrepreneurs—all up-and-coming or early stage entrepreneurs—to create business ventures that impact healthy food access and affordability, food waste, and consumer choice.
Throughout the four days, FoodLab entrepreneurs will learn and grow in many different ways. They will participate in workshops taught by leaders in business. They will interact with talented MBA students and they will experience the action-based approach to business education that has made Michigan Ross among the top 10 business schools in the world.
We're already starting to hear great feedback. FoodLab member Gretchen Kopmanis told us, "I'm loving this program and the opportunity to engage with the students and even more deeply engage with the partners and businesses in the FoodLab community! I'm learning so much about my own community! This has been an incredible experience."
Michigan Ross students and FoodLab members both want to learn how to leverage the power of business to become a force for positive change, and we're thrilled that the "Impact Challenge" is helping them along that journey.
As you read through this month's newsletter, please pay special attention to how you can can get involved in helping our members make a positive difference with their business by donating to their GoFundMe campaigns.
At FoodLab we believe that business is the most powerful force for economic and social change in the world, and we will continue to provide our members with exciting, innovative opportunities to create a sustainable food business that will make good food a sustainable reality for all Detroiters.