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Discovery 12: Competitions

Social Enterprise Student Competition

Calling all young social innovators!

If you have a great idea for a new socially responsible product, service or business model, OCE's Social Enterprise Student Competition is for you! This is your chance to get guidance in developing a business plan for your social enterprise and present it to leading social innovation experts at the Discovery 12 conference. There are up to three prizes to be awarded: first place will receive $25,000, second place will receive $10,000 and third place will receive $5,000 to develop their social enterprise. The 10 semi-finalists will also receive a reimbursement of up to $1000 for eligible expenses incurred in the course of preparing the business plan.

Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of the next generation of social entrepreneurs!

Contest Guidelines

  • The Social Enterprise Student Competition is open to students and recent grads (3 years from graduation) from all faculties of publicly funded Ontario colleges, universities, and hospitals.
  • Participants must submit their preliminary business plan (see application form) no later than 12:00 PM on April 2, 2012 to be considered for the second round of the competition.
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • Preliminary business plans should be original and creative and must clearly explain:
    • the product, service or business model
    • how your idea is different than existing products, services or business models
    • how your idea will generate revenue and profit
    • your customers/target market
    • how your product, service or business model will deliver a social benefit
    • why you are the right person for this opportunity
  • Preliminary business plans must not exceed (1000 words)
  • Once submitted, the top 10 business plans will be selected by a panel and the semi-finalists will be paired with mentors from partner organizations who will assist them in developing their final social enterprise business plan and pitch.
  • Semi-finalists will be notified of their inclusion in the second round by April 11, 2012.
  • Semi-finalists will submit their final business plan for review by the panel by May 1, 2012.
  • In addition, semi-finalists will conduct a 3 minute "Elevator Pitch" to a panel of judges at OCE's Discovery 12 on May 14-15 in Toronto.
  • Winners will be announced at the Discovery 12 awards luncheon on May 15, 2012.

Please complete the application form and submit your business concept by April 2, 2012 to Denise Brennan, Social Innovation - Program Manager: denise.brennan@oce-ontario.org. Be sure to name your file in the following format:

OCE Social Enterprise Student Competition 2012_ Student Name_Social Enterprise Name

The email subject heading must be as follows:

OCE Social Enterprise Student Competition 2012_ Student Name_Social Enterprise Name

GOOD LUCK!

 

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***Please note that the Social Enterprise Competition application form was updated on March 8. Please take care to use the updated form when applying.***

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