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Meredith Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

2019 Meredith (Social) Entrepreneurship Challenge!

The Meredith (Social) Entrepreneurship Challenge (MSEC) is an annual venture idea competition with a special emphasis on societal need. Student groups compete for a $4,000 grand prize!

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Complete by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, February 21st, 2019

The challenge is open to all Meredith graduate and undergraduate students. To enter, teams of 1-3 students should complete the entry form by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, February 21st. Any business or nonprofit idea is welcome! There’s no idea too big or too small for this competition.   

The executive summary presents the idea for initial evaluation in a short and compelling form. This is not a research report. It is a sales pitch! The effort involved in preparing the concept requires the team to carefully and realistically assess the opportunity. The idea feasibility, when completed, will present the key information needed to evaluate the opportunity, without going into the depth that a full business plan requires.

Timeline of MSEC Dates & Events

Monday, February 18th at 6:00 p.m. – Elevator Pitch Competition – Johnson Hall Rotunda/Elevator (Not Required for submission, but great practice!)

Thursday, February 21st at 11:59 p.m. – Submission form to enter is due

Friday, March 1st by Noon – Up to 15 semifinalist groups will be announced.


If your group is selected as a Semifinalist, you are required to attend and prepare for the following:

Wednesday, March 20th at 6:00 p.m. - Harris Hall 214 Semifinalist Speedpitch Workshop – This is not a judged event. This helps prepare you for your pitch to judges. 

Wednesday, March 27th in Martin 144 - Sharktank-Style Presentation Choose a 20-minute timeslot between 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. to present to a panel of judges. 

Wednesday, April 10th from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Community Showcase – Interactive Poster Display – Winners announced. 

A combination of women executives, Meredith alumnae with business ownership experience, and friends of Meredith with business ownership experience will serve as judges and mentors for the MSEC. We welcome all Meredith students interested in starting a business (regardless of how competitive you believe your idea is) to enter the MSEC and be mentored by our distinguished experts.

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