THINK YOUR SOCIAL VENTURE HAS WHAT IT

TAKES TO BE EPIC?

EPIC, the End Poverty Innovation Challenge is focused on engaging the next generation of social entrepreneurs from post secondary institutions worldwide in developing the next generation of social ventures that lift the livelihoods of the poor. 

THE CHALLENGE.

  • 10 finalists will be selected to compete in the final challenge held virtually on January 20th, 2022.

  • Top 3 winners receive a year of customized monthly mentoring with EPIC leadership.

  • Remaining 7 finalists receive 3 months of monthly mentoring with EPIC leadership.

  • Top 3 winners receive a monetary prize enabling them to facilitate a commercial proof of concept.

  • Top 10 receive personalized feedback from the judges, who are leaders in business and impact investing.

  • Applicants will join a network of like- minded entrepreneurs working toward ending poverty.

  • Applicants receive 10 free virtual "seats" at the final challenge for friends and family. 

 

Applications received before September 1st, 2021 will receive feedback and have the opportunity to resubmit their application.

GUIDELINES.

  • The social venture addresses a clear social problem that authentically raises the livelihoods of the poor. 

  • The social venture changes systems, not just symptoms of the problem.

  • The social venture model prioritizes social impact over financial gain.

  • The social venture is transformative and potentially scalable to over 100 million people

  • The social venture generates a sustainable funding stream.

  • The social venture’s product or service is environmentally sustainable.

  • The social entrepreneurship leadership team is tenacious with a pragmatic vision.

  • The social venture’s mission is non-secular and non-partisan.

 

*EPIC competition guidelines are abstracted with additions from “The Power of a Simple and Inclusive Definition” by Elizabeth Garlow & Rich Tafel as published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review May 22, 2013

SIX STAGES OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

ASSESS THE POVERTY REDUCTION CHALLENGES IN YOUR COMMUNITY

CONDUCT A COMMERCIAL PROOF OF CONCEPT

CREATE A SUSTAINABLE SOCIAL VENTURE THAT MEETS A CHALLENGE

EXECUTE SOCIAL

VENTURE  LOCALLY

 MARKET RESEARCH & DEVELOP A PROTOTYPE , FIELD TEST IT IN COMMUNITY

SCALE NATIONALLY WITH

SOCIAL FRANCHISING