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NYU Reynolds Changemaker (CmC) Challenge

2013-14 CmC Timeline


All meeting rooms are located at NYU Wagner at the Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, unless otherwise noted.

WELCOME WEEK

Information Session

This hour-long information session 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!

  • August 27, 4:00pm - NYU Kimmel Center, Room 808

SEPTEMBER 2013

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 11, 12:30pm - Mulberry Conference Room
  • September 11, 5:00pm - Mulberry Conference Room
  • September 19, 12:30pm - Mulberry Conference Room
  • September 24, 12:30pm - Mulberry Conference Room
  • September 24, 5:00pm - Mulberry Conference Room

OCTOBER 2013

Kickoff Workshop

Join us for an exciting CmC Kickoff event and get inspired by successful social entrepreneur Nick Ehrmann, Founder and CEO of Blue Engine. Recognized by President Obama “as a high impact education nonprofit organization” during his Ohio State University commencement address on May 5th (check it out at the six minute mark here!), Blue Engine partners with public high schools serving low-income communities to increase academic rigor in the classroom and prepare dramatically greater numbers of students for postsecondary success. In this 90 minute workshop, Nick will share his hard won lessons and ignite the social entrepreneur in you. Come learn about the game-changing and growing field of social entrepreneurship and meet other NYU undergrad students interested in making a positive social impact in the world!

  • October 1, 6:00pm - Rudin Family Conference Room

Executive Summary Deadline - October 17, 11:59pm EST

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

*See Executive Summary Guidelines here.

Check out the 2013 Grand Prize Winner's Executive Summary here.

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


NOVEMBER 2013

Creating a Social Venture: Where to Start

You’ve drafted your executive summary. Perhaps your business plan is already underway. Now what? Avenues Educator Ivan Cestero and The Future Project's Director of Opportunity Milena Arciszewski have dedicated their lives to helping others turn visions for social change into action. Join these social entrepreneurs in an enriching discussion about what it takes to start a social venture, what it means to be a social entrepreneur and how it all relates to you.

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

  • November 19, 6:00pm - Rudin Family Conference Room

DECEMBER 2013

Business Plan Deadline - December 13, 11:59pm 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 ten teams will be selected as semi-finalists.


FEBRUARY 2014

Finance for Social Entrepreneurs*

You've set the basic organizational financial framework to achieve your programmatic goals, but is it financially sustainable over time, and can it adapt to changing organizational ambitions, changing programmatic needs and changing financial realities? NYU Adjunct Assistant Professor and Senior Financial Management Consultant, Russ Pomeranz, will provide insight on how to find a balance among the financial and programmatic structures of your venture. Participation is required for at least two team members.

  • February 5, Time TBA - Mulberry Conference Room

Create and Deliver a Pitch from Your Plan*

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 and Founder of VShift 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.

  • February 26, Time TBA - Mulberry Conference Room

MARCH 2014

Strengthen Your Venture*

The semi-finalist teams will be asked to design and execute actionable items related to the development of the venture. Guidelines and submission information will be provided. Participation is required for at least two team members.

  • TBA

APRIL 2014

Semi-finalist Pitch**

  • April 2, Time TBA

Finalists Announced - by April 4

Teams may be required to follow-up with NYU Reynolds on specific feedback. The Grand Prize Finalists will be notified and invited to pitch again.

Grand Prize Pitch**

  • April 22, Time TBA

NYU Reynolds CmC Best Overall Venture Announced - by April 25



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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