'Build Your Social Biz' Contest Looking for the Next Top Social Entrepreneurs

Submitted on Mon, October 29, 2012

This post was originally posted on Ashoka's blog by John Converse Townsend.

Listen up, young changemaker! The Emmy Award-winning producers of "Biz Kid$" and “Three Minutes to Change the World,” a documentary film featuring the four winners of Ashoka Youth Venture's 5th Annual Staples Youth Social Entrepreneurship competition, have partnered with Ernst & Young to launch a new social change competition: “Build Your Social Biz.” They'll be scouring the United States for the best social business ideas thought up by kids like you.

The “Build Your Social Biz” competition is designed to find young social entrepreneurs with ideas to build stronger communities. But you don't necessarily have to tackle homelessness or air pollution to be eligible to win: “You can have a social biz just by selling cookies, cleaning homes, walking dogs, and more.”

The competition will award five young changemakers with up to $3,000 in funding and pair them with an experienced business expert at Ernst & Young—chosen to fit the nature of the start-up—to take winning ideas to the next level.

How to enter
Grab a camera and record a one-minute video making your case as the next big thing in the social impact space. (Don't worry, the judges will evaluate entries not by the quality of the video, but by the quality of the entrepreneur's vision for social impact.) Once you've got that ready, upload your pitch and complete the short entry form by December 31, 2012. That's it!

Pitch as many ideas as you'd like, just be sure to submit them separately.

A panel of judges will select the top five ideas, which will be posted on the Biz Kid$ website in February of 2013. The grand prize winner will be chosen by popular vote and announced at the end of March, 2013.
Start a business that helps your community and you could win thousands. Are you ready for your closeup?