Learn how you can win $12,000 to empower change in Detroit on October 29!

Do you have an idea that can improve the lives of Detroiters? Is it worth $12,000?

Are you looking to make a difference in your community? Is there a problem or hurdle faced by fellow Detroiters that you would like to solve? If you have a desire to understand the root causes of a social problem, leverage the expertise of your Warrior community, and create a sustainable solution, then the STEAM Challenge is for you!

The Wayne State University School of Social Work and Mike Ilitch School of Business are proud to host the third annual STEAM Challenge, which brings interdisciplinary student teams together to address a social problem in our city. There are four priority areas under this year's theme of Innovating Change and Developing Solutions Towards a Just Society:

  • Promoting youth development and educational opportunities.

  • Improving employment opportunities for returning citizens and/or hard to employ populations.

  • Enhancing financial literacy and other capabilities and capacity in an effort to reduce economic inequalities.

  • Advancing and monitoring environmental justice initiatives (i.e. clean water/air) in impoverished communities.

The competition will include a comprehensive business development services, coaching, and mentoring support that leverages the time and talents of individuals and organizations that make up Detroit's growing social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

This competition is open to WSU students from any discipline with $25,000 in cash prizes split among the top 3 teams. Students will be guided through the competition by STEAM Challenge Champions and taught how to utilize business and entrepreneurship principles to solve pressing social challenges facing area Detroiters. The idea can be a product, service, technology component, an app, or other venture that will help empower social change in Detroit.

Learn more at our upcoming STEAM Kickoff event on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 3 - 5 pm at the WSU Student Center Lower Level Stage. 


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