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Social Venture Challenge

The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is pleased to announce its 7th 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.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 22, 2020



  • Weekly practical workshops: You have the idea, we provide the workshops you need to actually build your business or non-profit. Every week we offer workshops taught by local entrepreneurs who will give you the tools you need to make your idea a reality.
  • Real-world entrepreneurial mentors: Who better to learn from than entrepreneurs who have started their own businesses and non-profits? We will pair you up with a mentor who can act as a sounding board, resource, and champion for you.
  • Support & coaching: The CEL team is available every step of the way to help you network, brainstorm, and find resources.




Wednesday, January 15 (6–7 p.m.)

SVC Info Night and Team Mix & Mingle

Tuesday, January 21 (6–9 p.m.)

Workshop: Idea Generation and Value Proposition

Tuesday, January 28 (6–9 p.m.)

Workshop: Customer Discovery and Market Research

Tuesday, February 4 (6–9 p.m.)

R&R (Review and Refinement) Workshop with Mentors

Tuesday, February 11 (6–9 p.m.)

Workshop: Business/Nonprofit Financial Model

Tuesday, February 18 (6–9 p.m.)

Workshop: Brand/Story/Messaging/Marketing

Tuesday, February 25 (6–9 p.m.)

R&R Workshop with Mentors

Tuesday, March 3 (6–9 p.m.)

Semi-Final Presentations

Tuesday, March 17 (TBD)

Finalist Mentor "Crucible" Meeting

Tuesday, March 24 (TBD)

Finalist Mentor Meeting

Tuesday, March 31 (TBD)

Finalist Workshop

Tuesday, April 7 (TBD)

Finalist Workshop

Tuesday, April 14 (TBD)

Finalist Workshop

Friday, April 17 (TBD)

Full Rehearsal

Saturday, April 18 (6–9 p.m.)

SVC Final Showcase



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