Last year, Made at Michigan featured more than 80 student ventures, and many students have continued to build on their work and grow their ventures. Here is a look at their progress. Follow the progress CARt, Neurable, PreDxion Bio, Elegus Technologies, and Girls Rock Detroit, Kulisha.

Girls Rock Detroit

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Girls Rock Detroit is a community organization dedicated to fostering girls’ creative expression, positive self-esteem and community awareness through rock music education and performance. Girls Rock Detroit strives to empower young girls and women, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, to challenge preconceived notions of what they can do, what they can become and how they can engage with community.

Girls Rock Detroit’s recent accomplishments include:

  • After two years of being volunteer-run, Girls Rock Detroit named co-founder Melissa Coppola as its first executive director. The appointment of Coppola comes on the heels of a transformational grant from Spotify that enabled the organization to create their first paid staff position.
  • Won the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Excel prize earning $10,000 in cash prizes

“By empowering girls with music education they can learn to express themselves in alternative ways. Most girls don’t have access to an instrument. In fact, in rock music, a lot of girls aren’t encouraged to pick up a rock instrument. It’s really more of a boy thing a lot of the time. So we like to put instruments in their hands and we say ‘you can do it,” said Melissa Coppola, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, MM 2016, Co-founder and Volunteer Coordinator, during an interview with Michigan Radio.

Learn more about Girls Rock Detroit.

Photo by Peter Smith of Peter Smith Photography