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The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship Presents the Ideas with Impact Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2013 Ideas with Impact Social Entrepreneurship Challenge winning team: Who We Play For. Team members are Evan Ernst, Zack Ernst and Kieran Easton.


Other top competing teams were:

About The Competition

Do you have an idea that could help someone in need or make a positive impact on society? If so, you should enter the Ideas with Impact Social Entrepreneurship Challenge presented by The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. Students from all Florida State University programs can enter the challenge. A business background is not required. Don’t like public speaking? No problem, this competition is all written.

Competition Goal: The idea is to present a business solution to a social problem or issue.

Participants are encouraged to form teams of three to four students to draft a plan for creating and sustaining a business solution to a social problem. You can address any social issue that’s important to you. You may want to tackle poverty, illness or environmental concerns. It doesn’t matter, as long as your solution or idea makes a positive impact.

The business solution can use a for-profit or nonprofit model. The competition is open to all Florida State University students who are currently enrolled in a degree program.

What Is Social Entrepreneurship?

FSU Entrepreneurship Program

Over the last few decades, enterprises challenged the status quo to provide innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Perhaps one of the most famously cited examples would be Grameen Bank, which adopted an innovative approach to financing. Grameen Bank is responsible for the modern concept of microcredit, offering small loans as a powerful funding strategy for some of the world’s most economically disadvantaged. We have also seen the success of companies like Greyston Bakery with the slogan: “We don’t hire people to bake brownies. We bake brownies to hire people.” Although Greyston makes a mean brownie, its main mission is to employ low-income and underserved individuals. The bakery’s profits support the Greyston Foundation, which promotes entrepreneurship as a way to spur on community and economic development in Yonkers, N.Y.

Today, millions of enterprises are integral to the economic and social fabrics of communities around the world. Entrepreneurs are emerging as effective leaders of systemic, long-term change:

We invite you, through the Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, to take matters into your own hands and become an enterprising agent of social change.

Competition Terms

Eligibility and Student Enrollment
Only students enrolled in a degree program (students in certificate programs are not eligible) in the current academic year, August/September 2013 through June 2014, are eligible to compete in the Ideas with Impact Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, which is organized by The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. An exception will be made for students who both worked on their proposal’s concept in the prior academic year and graduated during the summer of 2013.

Entry Fees
There is no entry fee associated with the Ideas with Impact Social Entrepreneurship Challenge.

All sessions of the competition, including, but not limited to oral presentations and question/answer sessions, are open to the public. Any and all of these sessions may be broadcasted through media, which may include radio, TV and the Internet. Any data or information discussed or divulged in public sessions by entrants should be considered information that potentially could enter the public domain. Entrants should not assume any right of confidentiality of any data or information discussed, divulged or presented in these sessions.

Due to the nature of the competition, we are not able to ask judges, reviewers, staff, or the audience to agree to or sign non-disclosure statements. However, The Jim Moran Institute will make every effort to limit distribution of business plans presented at the competition. The Jim Moran Institute cannot guarantee that other individuals will not obtain access to electronic or hard copies of the proposals. All presentations are open to the public, and some subsequent presentations may be videotaped. Attendance by media is expected.

Basic Proposal Format and Instructions

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Copyright and Permission
If a team uses copyrighted materials and/or images from a third party in its submissions or presentations, they must obtain permission and authorization in advance from the owners to use this material.

Changes to Ideas with Impact Social Entrepreneurship Challenge Rules
While not anticipated, the rules and prizes are subject to change at the discretion of Florida State University at any time. Florida State University staff has the right to interpret these rules according to their own judgment.

Decisions Regarding the Competition and the Winners
All decisions regarding the competition rules, procedures, and processes are at the sole discretion of Florida State University. Changes and/or interpretations of these rules may be made by Florida State University at any time, even though they may be (or may appear to be) in conflict with some previously published information. The selection of the teams to compete and the selection of the winners are at the sole discretion of the judges and Florida State University. Every effort will be made to make decisions in accordance with this official rules document.

Use of Ideas with Impact Social Entrepreneurship Challenge Materials
Florida State University reserves the right to use any material prepared for the Ideas with Impact Social Entrepreneurship Challenge to publicize and promote the event. Florida State University may reproduce these materials in print, electronic, digital or other formats as needed. Florida State University may record any portion of the competition and utilize it in any way that it sees fit.

How to Register

Registration is currently closed.


For the Winning Team:

Approximate Retail Value: $5,000

Prizes are nontransferable. All federal, state, and/or local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner.

About The Jim Moran Institute

Jim Moran InstituteA 1995 contribution from Jim and Jan Moran and JM Family Enterprises, Inc., established The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at the Florida State University College of Business. Beginning in 1998, additional contributions from Jim and Jan Moran, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and The Jim Moran Foundation, Inc. have enabled The Jim Moran Institute to enhance its programs and services. Its mission is to cultivate, train and inspire entrepreneurial leaders through world-class education, leading-edge  research and applied training, consulting and mentorship, and public recognition.

The dedicated staff of entrepreneurship professionals, academic scholars, and staff foster the entrepreneurship spirit by helping to organize, expand and promote the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship in such a way as to facilitate new business and to further the goals of established businesses. Our faculty and staff provide students, faculty, aspiring entrepreneurs, and business owners the tools and expertise necessary to develop strategies that establish and sustain advantages for businesses in today’s competitive marketplace and to creatively pursue new opportunities and innovations involving the startup of new business ventures.

Through a degree program in entrepreneurship, outreach programs that reach across Florida and throughout the world, and complementary activities such as half-day workshops and a speaker series, The Jim Moran Institute currently serves more than 1,000 undergraduates and about 200 businesses each year.
To learn more about The Jim Moran Institute visit www.jmi.fsu.edu.

About the Florida State University College of Business

Founded in 1950, the Florida State University College of Business (http://www.cob.fsu.edu) is one of the nation’s youngest business schools, yet it has become one of the ten largest in the nation. With an enrollment of 5,822 students, the College boasts a distinguished full-time faculty of 97, including one Francis Eppes Professor, seven Eminent Scholars, three University Named Professors, 25 Endowed Name Professors and ten Fellows.

The College offers eight undergraduate degrees (BS) with ten majors, and the graduate program offers six master’s degree programs (MBA, MSF, MSM, MS in MIS, MSM-RMI and MAcc) and seven majors at the doctoral level (PhD). These academic majors are available through the College’s five departments, which include Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing and Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate and Legal Studies.

The College also is home to 11 research centers and institutes. In addition, the Dedman School of Hospitality, the College’s independent, industry-specific program, offers one undergraduate degree with two majors. The Dedman School of Hospitality has eight distinguished full-time faculty, including four endowed professors.