WIN $10,000 FOR YOUR

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


  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.


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

Learn more about the mentors


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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