WIN $10,000 FOR YOUR
NONPROFIT OR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Participate in the UA #BeTheChange 10k!

Be the change 10k logoHave an idea for a nonprofit or social enterprise? A top prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the winner, with additional prizes awarded to runners-up.

The pitch competition, open to all UA students, is focused on promoting social enterprise over the spring semester through mentorship, development events and pitch practices.

Presented by: The EXL Center, University of Akron Research Foundation, Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and the SEED Legal Clinic

HOW TO ENTER

  1. First, complete this form to register.
  2. Meet with a mentor
  3. Complete the full application (pdf) by Apr 6th
    • Note that the application requires you to interview ten (10) individuals to get feedback on your idea.

STARTUP CHALLENGE MENTORS

  • Elyse Ball
  • EbaNee Bond
  • Joe Fox
  • Nick Glavan
  • Jim Griggy
  • Anoo Vyas

Learn more about the mentors

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

All events are held in the EXL Center (Bierce Library, room 168) and will have FREE FOOD!

Friday Feb 21 | Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Informational session

Wednesday Mar 4 | 5 - 7 p.m.
Sam Borick, Co-founder, Hunger Perks - What your pitch should look like

Friday Mar 13 | Noon to 1:30 p.m.
SEED Legal Clinic, Legal issues for nonprofits and social enterprises

Thursday Mar 19 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cristina Gonzalez Alcala, Akron Community Foundation – Raising Money for Your Nonprofit: What you need to know

Wednesday Apr 1 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Check-in and feedback session - We'll answer questions and provide feedback

Monday, Apr 6 | Deadline for application at 11:59 p.m.

Thursday and Friday Apr 9-10 
Semi Final competition

Thursday Apr 16 | 5- 7:30 p.m.
Final Competition

Join us for the finals

Come see the five finalists compete for the $10k grand prize! The winner will be determined by a panel of judges and the audience's input, so be sure to bring your friends!

Thursday Apr 16 at 5 - 7:30 p.m.

More details to come!


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