Think your startup has what it takes to be epic?


  • 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





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