Congratulations to the eleven social enterprise idea teams that will move forward as part of the 2017 Great Social Enterprise Pitch!
These teams were selected by organizers from a pool of 36 applicants to participate in the free Idea Incubators involving a robust four-month learning program designed to develop the proposed social enterprise ideas. Applicant ideas were evaluated based on the clarity of problem the enterprise addresses, the enterprise’s proposed impact on that problem, the demand for the proposed products or services, the potential for profitability, and the leadership of the enterprise and its capacity to scale to address the problem. Preference was given to ideas that develop or support thriving wage jobs for people with barriers to employment.
Check out the 2017 Ideas:
Healthy, locally-sourced, prepared meals delivered to busy families and produced by employees who previously struggled to find a good job with good wages.
An event space in downtown Lancaster for underrepresented artists and entrepreneurs.
Green Matters Natural Dye Company
Bringing pollution-free color to the textile industry.
Languages Beyond Borders
Supplying the Lancaster community and neighboring communities with trained, professional interpreters hired from the local refugee population.
Empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through a farm-to-table café.
Mind, Body, Battle Incubator
Empowering the mind, fueling the body, and using athletics to strengthen the community.
An innovative cleaning service using environmentally-friendly products and ensuring a living wage for cleaners.
Nepali Spice Company
Customized Asian spice blends for restaurant, manufactured by Nepali refugee women.
A gourmet popcorn company that connects youth with jobs, mentor-ship, and entrepreneurship training.
A publication featuring local artists and writers who represent the entire community.
A restaurant serving food from countries that have recently been banned from entry into the United States and staffed by refugees.
The 11 teams will attend a four-month series of learning sessions led by ASSETS focused on feasibility and business planning. In September, they will each launch a crowdfunding campaign to generate awareness and dollars in support of their concept. Five concepts from the Idea Incubators will then be invited to pitch their ideas to a live audience for over $50,000 in cash prizes and pro-bono services at the LIVE Pitch.
We’re so excited to see these ideas grow, evolve, and blossom! Keep checking back for more information as we progress through the 2017 Great Social Enterprise Pitch! Also, follow us on social media to stay in the loop during the Incubator phase of the competition. Search #InsideTheIncubator on Facebook and Instagram to follow along the journey![ssba]