UNH Social Venture Challenge seeks entries

Ninth annual competition recognizes entrepreneurial solutions to pressing problems

Registration is open for the 2019 New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge at the University of New Hampshire.

Launched in 2011, the competition showcases the ingenuity and ideas of students and community entrepreneurs across New Hampshire who are motivated to design solutions to help contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which includes coming up with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality and spur economic growth, while tackling climate change and working to preserve oceans and forests.

Submissions are due by  9 a.m. Monday, Oct.  28. No detailed plans or prototypes are required, but rather proposals in the form of a three-minute video and two-page discussion. Entries can be for a pre-launch stage initiative, an existing social venture in the formative stages of development (less than a year old) or a major new social entrepreneurial initiative for an established venture.

There are two tracks, one for community members (New Hampshire residents and any UNH alumni) and another for students enrolled at any college or university in the state. Submissions can be by individuals or teams.

Full details on registration, deadlines and eligibility can be found here.

Cash prizes are: first prize, $5,000; second, $3,000; third, $2,000. Additional in-kind prizes including pro bono legal services from Nixon Peabody, are available to help bring needed resources to advance these promising models.

The preliminary round will be judged online by a panel of social venture leaders, funders and other experts. Eight teams in each track will be selected to advance to the final round, which will take place Thursday, Nov. 21, in Durham.

The awards and competition are sponsored by lead sponsors Impax Asset Management, Kennebunk Savings Bank, Nixon Peabody and Timberland, as well as AMI Graphics, CCA Global Partners, Cirtronics, Clean Energy NH, Cole Haan, Lonza, MegaFood, New Hampshire Business Review, New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Prime Buchholz, ReVision Energy and W.S. Badger.

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