The Program

The Business + Impact Challenge is an action-based, two-day, team experience aimed at delivering innovative solutions to a Fortune 100 company or highly-visible community organization. You will learn and apply leadership and teamwork skills as well as tools that drive innovation and creativity within a team setting. You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively, think creatively, design strategically, and present your solutions. Ultimately, you’ll explore the potential of business as a means to create a better world.

Get Involved

The Business + Impact Challenge is a required part of orientation for many Michigan Ross graduate students (see “Participation Requirements” below). As an incoming student, you will receive information via email from your program office.

“[My favorite moment at Impact Challenge was] when I said ‘thank you’ to the judges at the end of our 5-minute pitch. My teammates went crazy with applause and cheers. We were all so invested. I couldn’t stop smiling.”

Jack Kramer, MBA ’19

Program Type

Action-Based Learning

Key Dates

Full-Time MBA

August 13: 7:30 AM-8 PM (Plan for a full day: some teams may choose to work on their project as late as 10 PM)
August 14: 8:00 AM-5 PM

Proudly supported by the Deloitte Foundation.

MAcc and MSCM

August 23: 8 AM-5:30 PM

Proudly supported by the Deloitte Foundation.

Part-Time MBA

May 2019 – Exact date TBA

Time Commitment

Varies by academic program

Participant Requirements

Full-Time MBA, Part-Time MBA, MAcc, or MSCM


Skills You’ll Learn

Solving Problems Creatively
You’ll work alongside a business to develop ideas that will help it evolve and grow. To do so, you’ll need to get beyond a surface understanding of problems to the heart of the matter, while challenging others to more clearly see solutions and possibilities.

Driving Results
You will experience firsthand what it takes to create exceptional value for shareholders, stakeholders, and society. You and your team will be at the forefront of solving a real-world problem by finding a shared mission, achieving energizing goals under pressure, and pitching your ideas.

Leading Change and Innovation
Your team’s success will depend on its ability to generate breakthrough ideas. You’ll be encouraged to offer novel ideas and perspectives, show courage to take risks, and enable others to do the same.

Leading Others
You will do all of this with others and have the opportunity to practice a breadth of team leadership skills. From articulating direction and coordinating to empowering and inspiring, you’ll develop skills to lead from any position in an organization.



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