The Social Venture Competition celebrates and rewards students who have developed solutions and plans that may impact society’s biggest problems. Students concerned with poverty, education, healthcare, human rights, environmental and other societal problems are encouraged to submit their proposals and participate in this exciting new event. Turn your IDEAS INTO IMPACT by submitting your proposal to this new showcase event.
What kinds of ideas qualify as “social ventures”? Eligible venture proposals must:
Applications for this event are due on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. Eight social venture proposals will be selected from these applicants and invited to present at the Social Ventures Competition Finals on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Cash awards sponsored by State Farm Insurance will be distributed based on evaluations from the competition’s judges as follows:
Additional information regarding the event is provided in the sections below.
Presentations will be given up to 8 minutes to present the problem they intend to address, the solution they plan to offer and a financially sustainable and scalable business/organizing model capable of delivering the solution to those in need. They will then have up to 4 minutes to respond to questions from the judging panel.
Eight teams will be selected for the event finals, and the order of presentations will be determined randomly prior to the beginning of the event. After the presentations are completed, participants and audience members will be invited to enjoy a networking and awards reception that honors our participants and our sponsor.
Judge’s assessments of social venture proposals will be based on the following criteria:
Venture Potential (33%)
Social Impact Potential (33%)
Likelihood of Success (33%)
Presentation is professional, persuasive, and organized