Detroit Impact

Detroit Impact enlists student teams in strategic consulting engagements to address specific challenges and opportunities facing Detroit businesses and organizations. Over four months, interdisciplinary teams hold brainstorming sessions, conduct in-depth research, and apply design thinking principles to provide clients with innovative ideas and solutions that they can implement in the Detroit community.

Kiva Detroit

Kiva Detroit is the first Kiva City, a program where Kiva works with community organizations in the United States to provide local small businesses with microloans.

The team is identifying ways to promote Kiva’s unique services to the Detroit market and developing clear communication regarding the specific advantages of a Kiva loan. Additionally, the team recommended how to foster partnerships in the city by identifying organizations that provide small business support and developing a database to capture the skills and expertise of Kiva’s volunteer network.