December 4, 2017

MHI student Ann Duong takes top student award at Accelerate Michigan

Ann Duong and her teammates win top honors for their end-of-life planning app.

Ann Duong and Canopy winners

MHI student Ann Duong (center) and her teammates – the developers of an end-of-life planning app – were among the top winners in the annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, garnering the top graduate student prize of $6,000.

Ann and teammates Brandon Keelean and Elisabeth Michel created Canopy, an app that helps facilitate important conversations about a loved one’s wishes. Canopy had previously won the Grand Prize ($10,000) and Audience Choice Award ($1,000) in U-M’s Innovation in Action in the public health category.

Innovation in Action: Solutions to Real-World Challenges is a five-month, university-wide challenge led by the School of Public Health to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to collaborate to address real-world problems.

Canopy was one of just nine student teams to make it to the Accelerate Michigan finals at Masonic Temple in Detroit. The team had to pitch their app to a live audience. They were among 50 student teams from Michigan colleges competing in the competition, which awarded more than $1 million in cash and in-kind services to startups and student ventures.