Social Innovation Challenge
Social Innovation Challenge May 12 & 13
Innovation Week 2017
Pitch your concept, discover new partners, and compete for a chance to win
Do you have an idea for a business/initiative that will have a positive impact on the community? Come and pitch it to a room full of mentors, panelists and a supportive audience at the JohnsonGeo Centre, in St. John’s on May 12th, 5pm-10pm & May 13th, 8am-5pm.
Our societies are facing extraordinary challenges: increasing inequality, rising poverty rates, unstable economies, climate change, and a raft of other issues. At the same time, technologies are transforming the world in which we live, markets are undergoing massive change, and philanthropists are changing their practices. The speed of change is faster than ever, and the social and environmental need is reaching a frightening crescendo.
Ideas are the lifeblood of innovation. Sometimes they emerge from a deliberate and rigorous process. Sometimes they are a response to an emerging or pressing need. And sometimes they just seem to appear out of thin air.
Social innovation projects all have a few things in common: they are emerging, involve incredible social entrepreneurs, and are positioned to make a real difference in the communities they serve. And they each address one of more key priorities: market transformation, entrepreneurship, collaboration, and systems change.
Who can pitch?
The Social Innovation Challenge is a great opportunity for high school and post-secondary students, as well as members of the larger community.
Register as a team or as an individual
- Individuals will have the opportunity to join a team during the first Pitch Coaching session on Friday night.
As well, the general community will be invited to attend the final pitching event at the end of the challenge.
Pre-registration is required to participate in the Social Innovation Challenge. Contact us for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Place - $1,500 cash, $1200 year long membership to Clausehound, 1 year in the Social Mentor Network, Datawind tablet, 1 year of e-learning to Small Business Solver, and a Social Media course on fundraising by CanadaHelps (value $500)
2nd Place - $1,000 cash, 1 year in the Social Mentor Network, Datawind tablet, 1 year of e-learning to Small Business Solver, and a Social Media course on fundraising by CanadaHelps (value $500)
3rd Place - $500 cash, 1 year in the Social Mentor Network, Datawind tablet, 1 year of e-learning to Small Business Solver, and a Social Media course on fundraising by CanadaHelps (value $500)
Quadruple Bottom Line - $1,000 cash, 1 year in the Social Mentor Network, and 1 year of e-learning to Small Business Solver
Thanks to our sponsors:
The Social Innovation Challenge is hosted by Memorial’s Centre for Social Enterprise and is designed by the United Church of Canada with thanks to the following sponsors:
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Social Mentor Network
The United Church of Canada
Small Business Solver