Think your startup has what it takes to be epic?


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

  • The social venture addresses a clear social problem which 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 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





Cash Awards to be announced shortly

additional prizes

Additional prizes will be announced each month as we add new sponsors

All teams that make it to the final round will get:


free access into a 6 month mentorship program from world class entrepreneurs via the Entrepreneur Futures Network.


mentorship and scaling help from Social Venture Foundation's Executive Director, Marc Blumenthal

supported by


In a Meeting

challenge yourself

to end poverty

We award the best concepts and startups which facilitate both

employment opportunities and social impact for the worlds poorest.

Online Workshop

Social Ventures Lab

LIVE on Zoom every Friday at 11am EST starting August 31st. 

Get the most out of EPIC.
Join our LIVE virtual classroom hosted by our Executive Director, Marc Blumenthal and guest from some of the world's brightest social ventures. Network with students and teachers from all over the globe.
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Entries Due: October 30th

Top 25 Announced: November 20th

Top 10 Announced: December 4th

Final Round: December 11th

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