raised $60,000 in crowdfunding revenue, engaging hundreds of individual donors and supporters from across the country. Winners received $50,000 in cash and pro-bono services!
What is Social Enterprise?
A market-based, income-generating enterprise that aims to solve a social and/or environmental problem through its business activities. Social Enterprises focus on a triple bottom line: people, planet and profit.
What is the pitch?
The Great Social Enterprise Pitch is an idea incubator and business plan competition for concepts that use a business model and revenues to have a positive social or environmental impact. Ten social enterprise ideas will be selected from a pool of applicants. In August, these ideas will be public for you to support through crowdfunding. Then, five finalists will be chosen to participate in the Live Pitch on October 6. Winners will receive a prize package including cash and pro-bono services. Plus, you’ll have the chance to donate to an “audience favorite.” Be sure to attend the Live Social Enterprise Pitch and hear from the next great social entrepreneurs in our community!The 2017 Pitch
Criteria for Idea Ranking
- Clarity on the social or environmental need to be addressed
- Potential impact the enterprise will have on that need
- Market demand
- Financial sustainability
- Potential for scale
- *Preference given to social enterprise ideas focused on providing “Thriving Wage” jobs to vulnerable populations.
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At the Community Foundation, we help people who love Lancaster County invest in the future of our community. Since 1924 we’ve been helping people establish permanent funds for the causes they care about and making grant investments to organizations that create a stronger and more vibrant quality of life for all of us. Our mission is to advance the vitality and well-being of the people of Lancaster County by inspiring generosity and by being responsible stewards of gifts for today and tomorrow. Our vision is to champion extraordinary community through inspired giving for sustainable, meaningful impact. We believe that building our community’s culture and capacity for innovation and creative problem solving is essential for an extraordinary community.Lancfound.org
At ASSETS, we create economic opportunity and cultivate entrepreneurial leadership in order to alleviate poverty and build vibrant, sustainable communities. We have a 20 year history of supporting small business owners and social entrepreneurs through training, creative financing, and leadership development. Our staff, trainers, and volunteers have extensive experience building and growing businesses and organizations and providing culturally relevant programming. All program staff are bilingual in English and Spanish.assetspa.org
The Ah-Ha Project creates safe space to explore, test, implement, and scale creative solutions that increase financial stability and quality of life in Lancaster County. It encourages thoughtful risk-taking and creative problem solving. And when things don’t work the way we thought, it asks questions that help us learn from our failures and make changes to our work to bring us closer to the change we are trying to create. The Ah-Ha Project is bold. It’s about pushing ourselves, and our community, to identify tipping points and catalyze resources to take calculated risks that can lead to more effective solutions for Lancaster County.lancfound.org/ah-ha-project