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NYU Reynolds Changemaker (CmC) Challenge

2014-15 CmC Timeline

All meeting rooms are located at NYU Wagner at the Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street (2nd floor), unless otherwise noted.


Information Sessions

These hour-long information sessions will provide details about the CmC and an introduction to the field of social entrepreneurship. Join us to get your questions answered and learn more about how you can get funding to help change the world!

  • September 17, 12:30pm - Jersey Conference Room RSVP
  • September 18, 12:30pm - Mulberry Conference Room RSVP
  • September 18, 5:00pm - Jersey Conference Room RSVP
  • September 23, 12:30pm - Mulberry Conference Room RSVP
  • September 23, 5:00pm - Mulberry Conference Room RSVP


Workshop: Kickoff
Octoher 1, 6:00-7:30pm - Rudin Forum RSVP

Attend this exciting CmC Kickoff event and get inspired by connector, convener and builder Cosmo Fujiyama. As an NYU Reynolds Alumni, Co-founder of Students Helping Honduras and Program Director at the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania, Cosmo’s passion lies at the intersection of education, social innovation, and civic engagement. Join her as she shares her hard-won lessons and ignites the changemaker in you. Come learn about the game-changing field of social entrepreneurship and what it means to think like a social entrepreneur. Plus, meet other NYU undergrad students interested in making a positive social impact in the world!

Executive Summary Deadline
October 6, 11:59pm EST

All teams participating in the CmC must draft an executive summary about their venture idea and submit it to In order to be eligible, teams must adhere to the Executive Summary Guidelines. See Executive Summary Guidelines here.

Check out the 2013 and 2014 Grand Prize Winners' Executive Summaries here: Student to Student; College Connect (formerly KAI).

All teams that submit a valid executive summary will be invited to create an in-depth business plan.

Note: Attendance at an information session and the kickoff workshop is not required in order to submit an executive summary.

Workshop: How to Get Your Social Entrepreneurship Sh*t Together
October 28, 12:30-2:00pm

You’ve drafted your executive summary and your business plan is already underway. Now what? Put down the pen and paper and join accomplished social entrepreneur, Jonathan Lewis, in an enriching discussion about the non-negotiable skills you need to start a social venture and make a real impact.
Jonathan Lewis brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge, and comprehensive real world experience in practicing, teaching, and leading social entrepreneurship. Among other organizations, Jonathan founded Café Impact, which produces online videos about social entrepreneurship careers that are used by over 100,000 “viewers and doers;” and Opportunity Collaboration, which engages 350 senior level anti-poverty leaders in an annual strategic business retreat and economic justice networking summit. Jonathan is also a compelling public speaker, a featured blogger on The Huffington Post, and holds leadership posts at several other social enterprises and economic development organizations. He also loves hotdogs. Seriously.

Note: This workshop is only available to teams that have submitted an executive summary in which NYU Reynolds has deemed valid.


Business Plan Deadline
November 10, 5:00pm EST

Submission information will be provided to students who are invited to submit a business plan. Business plans will be reviewed by the Changemaker Selection Committee. Up to five teams will be selected as finalists.

Workshop: Create and Deliver a Pitch from Your Plan*
November 17, 5:30-7:00pm

Come and learn how to turn your business plan into an effective pitch from presentation and public speaking specialist, Will Carlin. The NYU Wagner Adjunct Associate Professor, who has coached two NYU Wagner teams to national policy presentation championships in the last three years, will share his approach to presentations and public speaking in which finding a story that resonates with your audience is key! Participation is required for at least two team members.

Note: This workshop is only available to finalist teams.


Pitch Event**
December 3, Time TBA

Seed Grant Winner(s) and Grand Prize Winner Announced by December 5

Events listed with an asterisk [*] indicate mandatory attendance for at least two team members.

  • Events listed with a double asterisk [*] [*] indicate mandatory attendance for all team members.