SPH Alums Take First, Second Place in Ford’s Go Detroit Challenge

Alums Take First, Second Place in Ford's Go Detroit Challenge

Two public health-focused start-ups launched at SPH received top prizes in Ford Motor Company's Go Detroit Challenge, a six-month challenge that engages community members and asks participants to identify and create innovative solutions to mobility challenges faced by Detroiters. Led by SPH alumni Stacey Matlen and Greg Wnuk, Cart—which increases access to health-enabling resources like grocery stores by connecting people to affordable, reliable transportation—placed first, receiving a $15,000 prize. Caravan—a social mobility enterprise that improves Detroit's needs-based transportation network by increasing access to services like healthcare, education, and employment—is led by U-M graduate students Kenny Fennell and Benjamin Morse and took second place in the competition, winning a $7,000 prize. Both Cart and Caravan got their start with Innovation in Action's entrepreneurship challenge.

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