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Funding and Business Plan Competitions for Social Innovation

There are many opportunities for students who are passionate about an idea to gain experience, exposure and even funding through competitions and challenges which are constantly circulating through the world of social innovation.

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  • Jimmy Fund Big Ideas Contest
    Enter the Jimmy Fund Big Ideas Contest, and help New England’s favorite charity with your BIG IDEAS! It’s simple: tell the Jimmy Fund what your big fundraising idea is and how to get people involved. It can be an event, an app, a product, a corporate promotion, something new on social media – anything goes!
    Think big – consider all the logistics involved, including costs, planning, marketing, volunteers, and sustainability year after year. Your idea should have a goal of raising at least $100,000, and creativity counts! The judges will be examining all aspects of your idea.
    GRAND PRIZE: A 7-night trip to the Caribbean, Red Sox and Patriots experience packages, and more. FINALIST PRIZES: $2,000 in gift cards, Red Sox and Patriots tickets, and more.
    Visit for complete information or email with interest and questions.
  • D-Prize
    International development and social entrepreneurship. At D-Prize, we believe that the world has already discovered cheap, effective technologies to eradicate poverty in the developing world – today’s problem is lack of distribution of those proven solutions.

    We are offering up to $20,000 in seed capital to 5-15 different social entrepreneurs who want to solve one of our posted distribute challenges in the developing world. The seed capital will be used to fund a three-month pilot of their venture. D-Prize will help successful pilots gain another round of seed funding.

    Challenges, an application packet, and more information can be found  at