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Pitch Your Social Impact Idea And Win $1000!

Press Release
09/27/2012

Apply Now! Application Deadline: Sunday October 14, 2012

Cutting through the clutter to get the attention of foundations and other social investors is not easy. To win donor support, Social Entrepreneurship ("SE") leaders must sell clear and compelling stories that differentiate them from other organizations.

Pitching SE is your opportunity to refine your pitch, focus your ideas and wow a panel of seasoned judges. A panel of experienced non-profit and social investors will evaluate your pitch, and provide feedback and constructive advice.

Eligibility

•  You don’t need a business plan - just a business idea with significant social impact.
•  Your idea can be for a non-profit or for-profit or any combination.
•  It needs to be early stage – operations started after September 1, 2010.

How to apply?
 
Applicants should be a registered attendee for ForSE 2012. Click here to register. Applicants should mail the following information to
 pitchforse@tie-boston.org by 11.59 pm EST October 14, 2012.


• Name of organization.
• Names of team members.
• School affiliation (if applicable).
• A two page (1000 word) Executive Summary of the business idea.
• Brief bios (1-2 paragraphs) of team members. This will not be counted towards the 2 pg limitation. Please let us know if you have any connection to TiE, TiE Social Entrepreneurs Group or MIT.

Selection process

Entries received will be evaluated by a team consisting of ForSE 2012 organization committee members and judged on the following criteria
 
•  Social Impact
•  Innovation
•  Feasibility of idea
•  Sustainable business model
 
The top FIVE entries will be notified by early October and will be asked to present to the panel of judges at ForSE 2012 on October 27th at 3 pm. All other entries will be eligible for the Wild Card selection which will happen live during the Pitching SE session on the day of the conference. The panel of judges at the Pitching SE session will, at their discretion and time permitting, select up to two additional entries to pitch.

Final Pitching SE Session

The selected finalists will have two minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and the conference audience.

Following their presentations, the panel of judges will ask clarifying questions of the finalist. The judges will score the presenters on the following criteria:

•  Innovation
•  Potential Social Impact
•  Feasibility
•  Sustainability of model
•  Presentation clarity and persuasiveness

After the five finalists have completed their presentations, the judges, at their discretion, will select up to two additional Wild Card entries to pitch. Entrants need to be present to qualify. These Wild Card entries will also be evaluated on the same criteria and will be eligible for the awards. All the presentation scores will be tallied and a winner identified by the end of the Pitching SE Session.


Awards
The winning finalists will be eligible for a combination of monetary and in kind consulting awards.
 



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