If you could change one thing, what would you change?

optiMize is a supportive community for student innovators working toward a just and sustainable world.

We believe college is a time to take action on projects we're passionate about, whether that means urban farming, inclusive education, or virtual reality.

We incubate student projects. The optiMize Challenge helps you start and sustain your work. With the right mentorship, community support, and up to $20,000 in funding, we believe anyone can turn their ideas into impact. All ideas, ages, and project types are welcome!

optiMize is student-led, staff-supported, and volunteer-engaging. We started our student organization in 2012 and launched a new department at the University of Michigan in 2014. Our model has become a partnership: student leaders on our Core Team collaborate with full-time dedicated staff on everything we do. And we thrive thanks to support from an amazing group of volunteers, alumni, and donors!

Join us! If you care about sustainable social impact, please join us! Our community is diverse and our platform is flexible. We'll help you contribute in your own unique way!

Stop waiting for someone else to change the world.  Ask yourself "why not me?"


Who are optiMizers?

We're a community of students just like you! From freshmen to PhD students, we all support each other as we develop our own self-directed social impact projects. Click these images to read our stories, and find more on Instagram @socialinnovators.