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Pitch Your Social Entrepreneurial Idea at CCDA’s Market Solutions Pre-Conference

Pitch Your Social Entrepreneurial Idea at CCDA’s Market Solutions Pre-Conference

CCDA Pre-conference Market Solutions

On November 10th, 2015, as part of CCDA’s Market Solutions for Community Transformation pre-conference in Memphis, TN, five individuals will have the opportunity to pitch their social enterprise ideas to a panel of judges in front of the entire conference audience in a “Shark Tank” style competition. Applicants may either pitch enterprises which are in the early stage of launching (0-3 years) or that are simply in the idea stage. Each pitch will last no more than 3 minutes and will be followed with questions from the judges.

To apply to pitch, fill out the application located here.

The winner will receive an iPad, an all-expense paid trip to CCDA’s week-long Immersion (April 17-22, 2016 in Chicago), and upon completion of the Immersion, a cash prize of between $1,500 and $2,500 dollars. The 2015 Market Solutions Pitch Competition winner will also be featured on the Market Solutions blog. Applications will be reviewed based upon an evaluation of the feasibility of the idea, the potential for social impact, and the extent to which the enterprise embodies the sort of community transformation that lies at the heart of the CCD Philosophy.

All applications must be submitted by Thursday October 15th. Applications must be filled out completely. Additional documentation related to the application may be sent to Michael Rhodes ( If selected, your team will receive one complimentary registration for the Market Solutions conference. By submitting an application, you are committing to attend and pitch, if selected. Teams are encouraged to submit applications, but only one person will present the pitch.

Please note: Applications will only be accepted from the the following states (Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri.)

The Social Enterprise Alliance provides the following as a definition of social enterprise:

Social enterprises are businesses whose primary purpose is the common good.

Three characteristics distinguish a social enterprise from other types of businesses, nonprofits and government agencies:

1. It directly addresses an intractable social need and serves the common good, either through its products and services or through the number of disadvantaged people it employs.

2. Its commercial activity is a strong revenue driver, whether a significant earned income stream within a nonprofit’s mixed revenue portfolio, or a for profit enterprise.

3. The common good is its primary purpose, literally “baked into” the organization’s DNA, and trumping all others.

Social enterprises may be for-profit or non-profit. Mission is primary and fundamental; organizational form is a strategic question of what will best advance the social mission.

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