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Social Venture Challenge winners

Social Venture Challenge

For startups of any type: business or nonprofit

      Challenge Date: April 20, 2017 

  $10,000 prize split between top three pitches

The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is pleased to announce its annual Social Venture Challenge. Every spring, the Center sponsors this campus-wide challenge for Gordon student teams preparing to launch their own non-profit or business ventures. The winning teams pitch in front of experienced executives and split $10,000 in seed money to get started.

We want students to instigate their own impact in the world—to dream, imagine, and dare to create a venture that will make a difference.


You DO Need

You DO NOT Need

A team (i.e. more than one person)
An idea

A business major or expertise in business planning

Fully developed business plan

If you don't have a team, let us know and we'll help you recruit.



November 22, 2016 Registration deadline 
December 3, 2016 Workshop: How to Test an Idea

January 21, 2017

Workshop: Market Research

March 4, 2017 Workshop: Budget/Finance 
March 25, 2017 Workshop: Brand/Story 
March 29, 2017 Pecha Kucha: Semi-Finals
April 1, 2017 The Crucible: Finalists Workshop
April 15, 2017 Presentation: Finalists Workshop
April 20, 2017 Final Showcase


View Full Challenge Guidelines ➔

Check out the SVC Archive for photos of last year's winners and participants!