Photos From The Michigan Business Challenge Awards Reception and Grants Announcement

Shannon Beeman
February 22, 2012

The Pryor-Hale Award for Best Business for $20,000 went to Fashion Forward Maternity – a socially responsible online boutique where savvy professional women can borrow high quality and designer maternity and nursing fashions at a fraction of the price of new

Erin Lewis (EMBA ’12), Judy Skiles Lavers (NOT PICTURED:Sannie Sapier)

Photo by: Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services

Runner-up Converge Medical Technologies was awarded $10,000 – a medical device company that develops patient brain function monitoring solutions through principles of neuroscience

Jay Johnson (MSE, MIC Fellow ’12), Anna Ng (MHA, MIC Fellow ’12), Mike Johnson (MD/MBA, MIC Fellow ’12), Anthony Tsai (MD, MIC Fellow ’12) (NOT PICTURED: George Mashour)

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@Fingertips received $26,000 in Prizes and Grants including $5,000 for the Williamson Award for Most Successful Team of Business and Engineering Students – a for-profit social-entrepreneurial company that builds devices enabling the blind to use modern touchscreen devices

PK Mishra (MBA ’12), Nick Wilcox, Roger Potter (BSE ME ’12), Siyang Chen (MFA ’13)

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Thru.im was awarded the Most Successful Undergraduate Team for $2,500 – a mobile website that lets you transact with any business via free text messaging for consumers who want to communicate with businesses through text

Chad Stark (BBA ’11), David Spiro (BBA ’12) (NOT PICTURED: Calvin Gee (BS Informatics ’12), Cheng Chen (BS Computer Science Engineering ’12)

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The Beet Box was awarded a Applebaum Dare to Dream Integration Grants of $5,000 – providing healthy fast-food options that support and reward a healthy lifestyle

Alexander Perlman (BA ’13), Robert Fitzpatrick III (BA ’13),  Eric Harbour (BS ’13), Alex Horak (BS ’13)

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Digital Maxim was awarded the $2,500 Applebaum Dare to Dream Integration Grants- providing regional books in eBook format for all popular eReader devices to serve the needs of immigrant populations living in developed countries

Thirumurthi Ranganathan (MBA ’13) (NOT PICTURED: Sriram Ramanathan (MBA ’13), Deviprasad Taluk (MBA ’13), Ramalingam Subramaniyam, Manushyaputhiran)

Photo by: Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services