More than 1,000 members of the University of Michigan community put forth their ideas for new businesses, inventions and non-profit groups in a contest named after its goal: 1,000 Pitches.
2010 - Michigan Matter Category
Keith Porter (CE undergraduate student), for "Metro Detroit Computer Exchange." Porter runs a business building custom computers. His idea is to deduct a portion of the cost for a new machine if the customer donates an old one. He'd then clean the old one and sell it for a nominal fee to a family in the city of Detroit that has no computer and therefore no Internet access. Click here to view the pitch.
2009 - Global Business Category
Anne Itsuno (EE PhD student) proposed a one-stop-shop web service to help prospective graduate students through the application process, which she says can be extremely cumbersome when a dozen or more schools are possibilities.