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

Victoria Huang

University Coordinator Midwest

Marie Robert

University Coordinator Northeast

Kacey Jean-Jaques

University Coordinator Africa

participating universities to date...

Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Bahamas Baptist Community College, Bahamas

Bowdoin College, USA

Bryant University, USA

California Lutheran University, USA

California State University Bakersfield, USA

Case Western Reserve University, USA

College Of The Holy Cross, USA

Dartmouth College, USA

Durham College, Canada

Galen University, Belize

John Paul The Great Catholic University, USA

Kaua`i Community College, USA

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

Lingnan University of Hong Kong

Mangosuthu University of Technology, S. Africa

University of Basel, Switzerland

Miami of Ohio, USA

Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

North Idaho College, USA

Northeastern University, USA

New York University, USA

Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy

Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Belize

Rhodes University, South Africa

San Francisco State University, USA

Santa Clara University, USA

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

Seneca College, Canada

St. Johns College, Canada

Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

University of Michigan, USA

Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala

University of Aruba

University of Bologna, Italy

University of Exeter, UK

University of Liverpool, UK

University of Portland, USA

University of Sterling, UK

University of West Indies, Bahamas

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

University of Southern California, USA

University of San Diego, USA

Warner Pacific University, USA

Ozyegin University, Turkey

Estonian Social Enterprise Network

University of Wisconsin-Parkside, USA

University of Limpopo, South Africa

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Solent University, UK

University of Turin, Italy

Wayne University, USA

Wingate University, USA

Wits University, South Africa

The University of Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas

Asociatia Social Incubator

Educational advisory board

Dirk Soma

Kaua'i Community College, Hawaii

Joost Jacobs

University of Aruba

Debbie Magnezy

Northeastern University, USA

Caroline Cannon

Dartmouth University

Busiswe Mandleni

Mangosuthu Institute of Technology,

South Africa

Jeremy Alan Woods

University of California, Bakersfield, USA 

Jay Fisher 

Durham College, Canada

Cuzette Du Plessis

University of Limpopo, South Africa

Maurizio Sobrero

University of Bologna, Italy

Leon Dawson

University of West Indies

Ruth Andrews

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Aleksandar Erceg

Associate Professor at Ekonomski fakultet u Osijeku, Croatia

Orlando Harris

San Francisco State University

Kamilah Cole

Assistant Director, Center for Undergraduate Research & Creativity at Clark Atlanta University

Hachemi Aliouche

Director, Rosenberg International Franchise Center, University of New Hampshire

Kevin Baker

Durham College, Ontario Canada

Want to join our team? contact haley@socialventuresfoundation.org

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