Impact Studios

Do you have an idea to address a social or environmental problem?

Want some free coaching on how to make your idea better?

Sign up for a 30 minute meeting with a coach to get help at any stage of designing and implementing a project – whether it is problem identification, solution design, or implementation.  Our coaches are UMN faculty, staff, librarians and incredible community leaders.

Impact Studios will be scheduled for Spring Semester 2020, starting January 24th, at the following times and locations:

  • Fridays from 10:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00 – 3:00pm at Wilson Collaborative Research Studio (Wilson Library, First Floor, West Bank)
  • Beginning on February 21st all Friday morning sessions from 10:00am-12:00pm will be held at The Toaster Innovation Hub (in the basement of Walter Library on East Bank)

If you would like to meet with a coach at a different time then is listed or have questions, please email For planning purposes, please sign up by the afternoon of the Thursday before your desired Impact Studio session.

“It was so helpful to gain different perspectives on the issue my team is working on! Coaches had great suggestions that I never would have come up with on my own.” – Anonymous Student in course evaluation, Fall 2017

“I now know that Grand Challenges can be tackled by regular people with the right tools and guidance.”- Anonymous Student in course evaluation Fall 2018