After a lifetime of dreaming, four months of intense training and business model development, several weeks of crowdfunding, and countless hours spent perfecting their pitches, the five finalists pitched their social enterprise ideas to a prestigious panel of judges at a sold-out Ware Center in downtown Lancaster.
Not only did the crowd hear from these 5 entrepreneurs, but they were also inspired by Tyler Gage, Co-founder of RUNA, about his journey in doing business with heart.
Congratulations to Bridge, who took home the top prize.
A full list of results is as follows:
Bridge — $7,500 Cash Prize and $27,138 in pro-bono services ($34,638 total)
Meraki Mocha — $4,000 Cash Prize and $15,800 in pro-bono services ($19,800 total)
Lancaster Fellow Foodies — $2,000 Cash Prize and $9,940 in pro-bono services ($11,940 total)
Language Beyond Borders — $1,000 Cash Prize and $3,640 in pro-bono services ($4,640 total)
Green Matters Natural Dye Co. — $500 Cash Prize and $2,390 in pro-bono services ($2,890 total)
Bridge — Audience donations of $1,016
Don’t forget to check out the crowdfunding campaigns for all 11 participants! The campaigns are open until tonight at midnight.
Thank you to all the wonderful sponsors, we could not have done this without your support! Thank you to the judges, who had a formidable task before them. And thank you to the supporters who attended this event.
Be on the lookout for applications to enter next year’s competition. Applications will be due Spring 2018!