MTVU’s Social Entrepreneurship Contest Is Open

mtvU has opened a new social entrepreneurship (or social innovation) contest targeting college aged moverschangersstudents. Some of the finalist will be featured on a new show on mtvU called “Movers and Changers”. Grand prize is $25,000 for the winning venture and a chance to ring the opening bell at the NYSE. Three finalist will fly to NY and present to leading social entrepreneurs including Blake Mycoskie, Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS SHOES.

From their press release:

“Movers & Changers” calls on 16-28 year old college students, individually or in teams of up to three people, to develop and produce a compelling business proposal to revolutionize the future of the world’s social market.  Ideas must be creative, original, and scalable to large corporations, in addition to illustrating determination and persistent optimism.  Students can submit entries online at and are encouraged to submit a video “elevator pitch” application beginning at noon on August 17, 2009 through midnight on October 16, 2009.

The competition will culminate at NYSE Euronext’s Global Entrepreneurship Week: Mentoring Madness, where students from around the world will gather with business leaders and hear leading entrepreneurs talk frankly about how young people can create their own futures.  The top three “Movers & Changers” teams or individuals will fly to New York City for “Mentoring Madness,” to network and connect with prominent business leaders and present their pitches to the NYSE “Movers & Changers” Board.

I love what is happening with growth of social entrepreneurship in and around college campuses and look forward to seeing what some of the entries are. Nice work my MTV & Viacom on this one.

As some of you may know, my company, Family Fantasy Sports, is a social venture focused on higher education funding and I was named a Campus Fellow at George Mason University (GMU) during its participation is Ashoka’s Campus Changemakers Program. I was also lucky enough to participate in a semester long Social Entreperneurship Seminar with Phil Auerswald at Mason’s School of Public Policy (SPP).

So get out there, take advantage of this opportunity to get involved in changing the world. Use this exercise to ask questions, sharpen your ideas, play with YouTube, and look into all the challenges that surround launching a new venture, social or otherwise.


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