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NYU Reynolds Changemaker (CmC) Challenge

2016 - 2017 CmC Timeline


SEPTEMBER 2016


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!

Click here to RSVP for an upcoming information session:

  • Welcome Week: Tuesday, August 30, 2:00pm
    Kimmel Center for University Life: 60 Washington Square South, Room 912
  • Tuesday, September 13, 2:00pm
    Leslie eLab: 16 Washington Place
  • Tuesday, September 13, 6:00pm
    Puck Building: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl, Mulberry Conference Room
  • Thursday, September 15, 6:00pm
    Puck Building: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl, Mulberry Conference Room
  • Wednesday, September 21, 12:30pm
    Leslie eLab: 16 Washington Place
  • Wednesday, September 21, 6:00pm
    Puck Building: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl, Lafayette Conference Room

Kickoff Workshop
Think Small to Dream Big: Building Solutions that Meet Real Needs

Monday, September 26
6:00 - 8:00pm
Puck Building: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl, Rudin Family Forum

Click here to RSVP for the Kickoff Workshop.

When we set out to change the world, our first instinct is to dream big - save the planet, empower women, and educate today's youth. Yet as social entrepreneurs, we also need to dream small. By finding small ways to make these larger movements happen, we can create efficient products and services that further our social missions. The first step is to determine what product or service you should offer, but how do you go about figuring this out?

Before finalizing your executive summary, join Everyday Ambassador for an interactive workshop that will change the way you think about solving problems. We will give you the tools you need to listen intently and ultimately figure out the real wants and needs of those you seek to help. Plus, meet other NYU undergrad students interested in making a positive social impact in the world!

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


OCTOBER 2016


Executive Summary Deadline: October 2, 2016

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

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.

Peer-to-Peer Consulting Meetings

Consultants from 180 Degrees Consulting - NYU and past winners from the CmC Network will be available to arrange meetings with interested teams throughout the month of October. Take advantage of this opportunity for feedback from peers with experience providing high quality pro bono consulting services to non-profits and social enterprises. All teams developing business plans will be provided with the link to request a meeting through NYU Reynolds.

Financial Projections for Social Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, October 18
4:30pm - 6pm
Leslie eLab: 16 Washington Pl
Note: This workshop is only available to participating teams and is REQUIRED for at least ONE team member, and strongly encouraged for at least two.

Now that you've defined what you want your organization to be, it's time to tackle the finance! Russ Pomeranz, President & CEO of Claverack Advisory Group and Former COO/CFO of Vera Institute of Justice will share insights on balancing your venture's financial and programmatic structures that every founder needs to know. Teams will walk away with a headstart on and the skills they need to complete the financial projections in their business plans. Participation is required for at least one team member and highly recommended for at least two.

Business Plan Deadline: October 31, 2016

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. Please submit your business plans by email to reynolds.changemaker@nyu.edu at or before the deadline of October 31, 2016 at 11:59pm (EST).


NOVEMBER 2016


Workshop: Create and Deliver a Pitch from Your Plan

Tuesday, November 15th
6 - 7:30pm
Puck Building: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl, Mulberry Conference Room
Note: This workshop is only available to finalist teams and is REQUIRED for at least TWO team members.

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 five consecutive NYU Wagner teams to the finals of the national policy presentation championships (winning two), 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.

DECEMBER 2016


Practice Your Pitch Event: December 1, 2016

Note: This workshop is only available to finalist teams and is REQUIRED for at least TWO team members.

Join the 180 Degrees Consulting - NYU weekly meeting to practice your pitch! Finalist teams are invited to present to the full group of 180DC consultants and receive feedback in advance of the final pitch event. This peer-to-peer event will help your team get the jitters out and make your pitch to the judges the best it can be!

Final Changemaker Challenge Pitch Event: December 8, 2016

Puck Building: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl, Mulberry Conference Room
Note: This pitch event is only available to finalist teams and is REQUIRED for ALL team members.

The culmination of the 12 week CmC social venture competition, finalists will pitch their ventures before a select group of Reynolds Alumni, NYU professionals, and social entrepreneurs in the field.

Seed Grant Winner(s) and Grand Prize Winner Announced

Seed Grant Winner(s) will receive seed grants of up to $1,000 and access to Reynolds-sponsored support, resources and networks.

One Grand Prize Winner will receive up to $10,000 in capital, access to Reynolds-sponsored support and resources, and the title of 2016 Changemaker Challege Overall Best Venture. This year's Grand Prize Winner will also have the opportunity to work with presentation & pitch coach Will Carlin to prepare for their next major pitch and work with 180 Degrees Consulting - NYU on a semester-long consulting project to help their organization reach their goals.