About the Competition

Our virtual global competition recognizes the best social ventures that create self-sustainable markets at the Bottom of the Pyramid.

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The Social Ventures Foundation mission is to facilitate sustainable market creation at the Bottom of the Pyramid by identifying, promoting and facilitating the investment in social ventures that employ the poor to lift the livelihoods of the poor.  ​

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Our Approach

The End Poverty Innovation Challenge is at the heart of the Foundation’s mission. It is our belief that the most cutting-edge solutions to the problems the poor face are being developed in university labs. EPIC facilitates a pipeline for the identification, recognition, promotion and investment of these ideas.


Marc Blumenthal

Executive Director

Marc has been involved in a variety of startups in the fields of Education, Medical Devices, Plasma Fusion, and Aerospace.  He founded SVF in 2017 and has been involved in the enterprise on a full-time basis.

Kristy Noel

Business Manager

Kristy Noel brings a wide variety of business management expertise to the Foundation. She develops and manages the business modeling for V’ice and provides financial management for V’ice Haiti.

Haley Burns

University Relations Manager

Haley is the Community Relations Manager facilitating community partnerships and investments in connection with V'ice and the Social Ventures Foundation fostering a global conversation on poverty reduction. 

Amelia Annen

University Coordinator West Coast

Marie Robert

University Coordinator Northeast

Victoria Huang

University Coordinator Midwest

Kacey Jean-Jaques

University Coordinator Africa

Natalie Pacht

University Coordinator Central America

Jaida Larkin

University Relations Europe

participating universities to date...

Lingnan University of Hong Kong

University of Michigan, USA

Miami of Ohio, USA

Universidad Autónoma de Santa Ana, El Salvador

University of South Africa

Durham College, 

Bowdoin College, USA

North Idaho College, USA

University of Aruba

Case Western Reserve University, USA

Ohio University, USA

Bryant University, USA

Bahamas Baptist Community College

University of Portland, USA

University of San Diego, USA

California State University Bakersfield, USA

University of Southern California, USA

Anglia Ruskin University

Kaua`i Community College, USA

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Galen University, Belize

St. Johns College

University of West Indies

Northeastern University, USA

Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy

Wingate University, USA

University of Exeter, UK

Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra

Universidad Rafael Landívar

Dartmouth College, USA

New York University, USA

Seneca College, Canada

Wayne University, USA

University of Sterling, Uk

University of Basel, Switzerland

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Mangosuthu University of Technology, South Africa

California Lutheran University, USA

San Francisco State University, USA

John Paul The Great Catholic University, USA

Santa Clara University, USA

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

University of Bologna, Italy 

College Of The Holy Cross, USA

Rhodes University, South Africa

Wits University, South Africa

University of Liverpool, UK




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