Here’s a Look at Some of the Big Checks Michigan Ross Students Have Won Recently


It’s been a busy few weeks for Michigan Ross students, who have been earning praise and awards for their efforts in case competitions and business plan pitch events across the country.

Here’s a roundup of recent wins and accolades earned by Ross students:

Winner of Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track

Florence Noel, MBA/MSI ‘19, won first place in the Seigle Impact Track of the Michigan Business Challenge, earning $15,000 for her startup, Dear Black Women.

Dear Black Women is an affirmation movement and social network, online and offline that grows the social capital of black women.

“I dedicate this to every black woman before me whose life made mine possible. And every black woman alongside me and after me whose life reflects the best in us. All of their journeys offer me examples of love, strength, courage, and wisdom. I follow them. I thank them. I am them,” said Noel (pictured above).

Winner of the Michigan Business Challenge Pryor-Hale Award for Best Business

Calcium Solutions at the 2019 Michigan Business Challenge

Second-year Michigan PhD student and Fellow at the University of Michigan Tauber Institute, Matthew Hildner and his partner Robert Chisena, PhD ‘19, took home the top prize at the Michigan Business Challenge this year.

The team earned the $25,000 Pryor-Hale Award for Best Business for their startup, Plague-Busters, a safe, easy-to-use, and patent-pending medical device developed at the U-M to improve the treatment of calcified, atherosclerotic plaques in cardiovascular peripheral arteries.

Second Place in Cardinal Challenge Fast Pitch Business Plan Competition

Meyer and Tiwari accept the award

Michigan Ross MBA student Holly Meyers took home a second place prize in the Cardinal Challenge business plan competition at the University of Louisville earlier this month. Meyers won for her lingerie startup, Holly Keith Lingerie, that focuses on creating high quality lingerie for larger-chested women and introduces a new, innovative sizing system.

“Our new sizing system, based on sizing women by breast volume, allows more women to be sized correctly, resulting in a more comfortable product and experience for the customer,” Meyers has said about the business.

Meyers and her business partner Avantika Tiwari, BBA ‘20, won $1,000 for coming in second place in the Fast Pitch competition of the event. Congratulations!

Fourth Place in Cardinal Challenge Business Plan Competition

Dhawan and Jarosz accept their award

Meyers and Tiwari were not the only Michigan Ross students to walk away from the Cardinal Challenge competition with a win under their belt.

Second-year Ross MBA students Dhruv Dhawan and Dale Jarosz claimed fourth place in the competition’s main event for their start up Bschool Travel.

From the company’s description: “Bschool Travel is a tech-enabled travel operator improving the end-to-end experience for MBA student travel. Through their unique business model, Bschool Travel offers affordable customized trips to large MBA student groups who don’t have the time or resources to plan it on their own.”

Finalist in MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

Zimmerman, Pham, and Rock

They may not have a photo with a big check, but out of more than 30 business schools from across the country who competed in the annual Fast Pitch Case Competition at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Michigan Ross MBAs Zach Zimmerman, Jason Rock, and Preston Pham finished in the top three.

The team was tasked with developing a marketing strategy for premium and non-premium ticket sales for three tiers of NFL teams in an effort to boost attendance and revenue. Judges in the final round included representatives from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Rockets, Houston Astros, Deloitte, and Eventellect.

Second Place and Best Presenter in OSU Case Competition

Aro, Louis, and Sock

Adeola Aro, Junior Louis, and Kristan Sock, (MBAs ‘20), took second place in the 15th annual Minority MBA Student Case Competition hosted by KeyBank and The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

The team designed an innovative two-part solution to help consumers improve their financial wellness. Sock also was awarded Best Presenter.

“We enjoyed presenting our recommendation to top level KeyBank leaders and fielding their questions,” Sock said. “Several of the executives came up to us afterward and complimented us on our ideas and performance during the question and answer session.”

Congratulations to all of these incredible Ross students. Go Blue!

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