Turn ideas into impact
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If you could change anything about the world,

what would you change?


We are a student-led organization at the University of Michigan that offers workshops, mentorship, and funding for students to create self-directed projects that make a positive impact.

We believe college is a time to work on projects to address issues you're passionate about, whether that's health, education, social justice, poverty, environmental sustainability, or anything else that affects your communities.

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Our primary program is the optiMize Challenge. It’s an incubator for students to develop their projects. Projects can receive up to $20,000 — we awarded a total of $300,000 to 36 projects in 2019.

You can join the Challenge with a project you’re working on, an idea you have, or just a problem you want to address. Everyone is welcome — whether you have lots of prior experience or none at all, our supportive community will help you take the next steps.

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Stop waiting for someone else to change the world.

Ask yourself,

"why not me?"
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We support projects that illuminate possibilities.
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Who We’ve Funded


We've incubated hundreds of student-led projects over seven cohorts since 2013. Over 100 of them were funded with up to $20,000 to become optiMize Fellows. Learn more about how our optiMize Fellows are making an impact.

We're a supportive community.
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Keep Up With Us


Our community is made up of innovators of all backgrounds. From first-time entrepreneurs to experienced founders, we all support each other as we develop our own self-directed social impact projects. And we get lots of help from our great mentors.