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NYU Reynolds Changemaker (CmC) Challenge

2015 - 16 CmC Timeline


SEPTEMBER 2015


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 9, 12:30pm RSVP
    Mulberry Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl
  • September 9, 6:00pm RSVP
    Mulberry Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl
  • September 10, 12:30pm RSVP
    Jersey Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl
  • September 10, 6:00pm RSVP
    Mulberry Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl
  • September 11, 12:30pm RSVP
    Rogers Hall, Private Dining Room, 6 MetroTech Center
  • September 16, 12:30pm RSVP
    Leslie eLab, 16 Washington Place
  • September 16, 6:00pm RSVP
    Leslie eLab, 16 Washington Place
  • September 17, 12:30pm RSVP
    Jersey Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl
  • September 17, 6:00pm RSVP
    Mulberry Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl

Kickoff Workshop: Tips and Techniques for Writing Your Executive Summary

September 24, 12:30 - 2pm RSVP
Rudin Forum, 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl

Attend this exciting CmC Kickoff event and get inspired by connector, practitioner, and instructor Jonathan Lewis. He is an NYU Reynolds Scholar in Residence, Founder/Host of Café Impact, Founder/President of the Opportunity Collaboration, Founder/Board Chair of MCE Social Capital, and Co-Founder of Copia Global. Come learn about the game-changing field of social entrepreneurship and what it means to think like a social entrepreneur, and get tips and insight to help you perfect your Executive Summary submission. 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.

Executive Summary Deadline
September 30, 2015

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. 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.

OCTOBER 2015


N.I.C.E. Net Impact Collaborative Experience**

All teams are required to attend one of the peer to peer sessions offered by NYU Net Impact. During these sessions students will have the opportunity to present their social venture's business plan to a group of NYU students who will provide feedback and constructive criticism to the venture teams. Please coordinate with Reynolds Program Program Manager Demetri Patitsas on securing one of the time slots noted below.

  • October 13, 6 - 7pm
    Tisch Hall, UC-03
  • October 20, 6 - 7pm
    Tisch Hall, UC-05
  • October 27, 6 - 7pm
    Tisch Hall, UC-25

Business Plan Preparation Workshops*

The Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship will be offering semifinalists to the Changemaker Challenge a 90 minute workshop on drafting their business plan materials including important details such as the purpose of a business plan, the components of the business plan, budgeting and financial data reporting, and other information necessary to attract investment and develop their ventures.

  • October 21, 12:00 - 1:30pm RSVP
    Rudin Family Forum, 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl
  • October 21, 5:00 - 6:30pm RSVP
    Leslie eLab, 16 Washington Place
  • October 22, 12:00 - 1:30pm RSVP
    Rogers Hall, Private Dining Room, 6 MetroTech Center
  • October 23, 12:00 - 1:30pm RSVP
    Mulberry Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl

NOVEMBER 2015


Business Plan Deadline
November 4

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 November 4th, 2015 at 11:59pm (EST).

Workshop: Create and Deliver a Pitch from Your Plan*

November 17, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Memorial Room, 295 Lafayette St, 4th Floor

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.

NYU Campus Organizations Panel Pitch Event

November 30, 5:00 - 8pm
Mulberry Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St, 3rd Floor

All Changemaker Challenge finalists will have the opportunity to pitch before a select panel of NYU campus organizations for the chance to win 500+ hours of pro bono consulting from 180 Degrees Consulting and be selected for possible investment from Dorm Room Fund. This opportunity is strongly encouraged.


DECEMBER 2015


Final Changemaker Challenge Pitch Event**

December 1, 6:00 - 8pm
Mulberry Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St, 3rd Floor

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

Seed Grant Winner(s) and Grand Prize Winner Announced



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.

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