The Net Impact Forum for Student Social Innovation is a student-run social venture pitch competition for young social entrepreneurs, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. The event will be held at the Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD) Center on November 17, 2012 and will give students with start-up social ventures the opportunity to compete for seed funding to help grow their social enterprise. Budding social entrepreneurs from universities around the Boston area and east coast at large will pitch their ideas to esteemed professionals in the Social Enterprise sector in three rounds. Audience members will vote on the winner based on which student venture will have the highest social impact.
To promote other established social enterprises, the Net Impact Forum for Student Social Innovation will also feature a social enterprise marketplace in which socially minded businesses and organizations can sell their goods, network with students interested in social enterprise, and grow their brand recognition. Additionally, Net Impact values this forum as an unique opportunity to educate those unfamiliar with social entrepreneurship, therefore Net Impact will host distinguished social entrepreneurs to give context to the importance of funding social entrepreneurs.
The $2500 we hope to raise through Catalyst will be used to fund some of the prize money which will be awarded to the most impactful student venture at the Net Impact Forum for Student Social Innovation, along with the operational costs inherent with hosting a large, intra-collegiate event.
Net Impact's mission is to drive impactful social change through business solutions. The Northeastern undergrad chapter of Net Impact focuses on community engagement in the Boston area, networking with professionals in the social enterprise sector, and supporting budding social entrepreneurs through growing their recognition with the student population. The Net Impact Forum for Student Social Innovation is our first large event in which we hope to inspire, empower, and educate students to become social entrepreneurs.