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Social Venture Challenge

For startups of any type: business or nonprofit

      Challenge Date: April 19, 2018 

  $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 industry experts 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



  • Do you need teammates? Send us an email or come meet with us and we can help your recruit or introduce you to others also looking for a team.
  • Do you want to join a team? Send us an email or come meet with us and we'll get you connected to someone with an idea. 
  • Do you need an idea? Check out our inspiration bank if you are looking for an idea to work on.



November 30, 2017

Registration deadline 

December 2, 2017

Workshop: Market Research

January 20, 2018

Workshop: Idea Refinement with Mentors at WorkBar

February 17, 2018

Workshop: Budget/Finance 

March 3, 2018

Workshop: Brand/Story 

March 24, 2018

Pecha Kucha: Semi-Finals

April 7, 2018

The Crucible: Finalists Workshop

April 14, 2018

Presentation: Finalists Workshop

April 19, 2018

Final Showcase

View Full Challenge Guidelines ➔

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