ABOUT THE COMPETITION
ChangeWorks is a social entrepreneurship competition on Duke’s campus that provides a platform of guidance and funding for Duke students to pursue a business idea that proposes an innovative solution to a real world social problem. ChangeWorks is now being run and managed by Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students at Duke.
Please note that this year, ChangeWorks is combining forces and timelines with the The Global Social Innovation Challenge! The Global SIC is an opportunity for students to turn their ideas for sustainable social or environmental impact into reality via resources, mentorship, and a chance to secure seed funding. Global SIC is also an emerging platform for students around the world to build and connect with a community of like-minded individuals and organizations who are passionate about creating positive change in the world.
For this year’s Duke ChangeWorks Global Social Innovation Challenge, participants are asked to select a social or environmental issue of their choice, and work through the following stages:
1.) Study the existing landscape of the problem to discover gaps in existing solutions (if any) and identify levers of change.
2.) Come up with a promising solution and start perfecting it by working with all of the stakeholders.
3.) Prepare a business plan and develop a pitch to obtain funding from potential funders.
Up to two finalist teams from Duke will get to compete (in-person or virtually) for over $50,000 in seed funding at the final pitch competition in San Diego, CA, USA, scheduled for June 23-24, 2018.
The overall winner of the Duke round will also receive a cash prize.
If you have questions, please contact:
Katherine Black, Program Coordinator for Social Innovation at Duke I&E