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NYU Reynolds Changemaker (CmC) Challenge

2017 - 2018 CmC Timeline


SEPTEMBER 2017


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:

  • Monday, September 11, 12:30 PM
    NYU Leadership Initiative: 12 Washington Place
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2:00 PM
    Leslie eLab: 16 Washington Place
  • Wednesday, September 13,6:00 PM
    Puck Building: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl, Lafayette Conference Room
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2:30 PM
    Leslie eLab: 16 Washington Place
  • Tuesday, September 19, 6:00 PM
    NYU Leadership Initiative: 12 Washington Place

Design Thinking: Problem Solving for Community Needs

Wednesday, September 27
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP): Kimmel Center, 8th Floor

Click here to RSVP for the workshop.

Design thinking is a creative problem solving approach which is human-centered and iterative and allows us to come up with innovative solutions that fulfill people's needs.We invite you to join us for an interactive workshop in which we will share design thinking methods and tools for change-makers to collaborate and brainstorm ideas that can help transform their communities. imagine how to tackle social issues to develop solutions that meet community needs.

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn what design thinking is all about, experience the process in a collaborative setting, and explore how to use this approach to develop solutions that will address community needs. Students will practice empathy, creative collaboration, and prototyping as they work in teams on a challenge prompt.

Please Note: Due to the limited space and the structure of this workshop, we ask that you only RSVP if you are able to arrive 15 minutes early for check-in and remain for the full event.


OCTOBER 2017


Executive Summary Deadline: October 1, 2017

All teams participating in the CmC must draft an executive summary about their venture idea and submit it to socialentrepreneurship@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; Project College (formerly KAI).

Teams that submit a valid and strong 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 the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program.

Office Hours

Friday, October 20, October 27 and November 3
2:00 - 5:00 PM
Puck Building: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl, Lafayette Conference Room

Join NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program Manager Rachel Botos and members of the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program network to ask questions and test ideas as you refine your business plan. All teams are invited to stop by, but it is not required.

Workshop: Financial Projections for Social Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, October 17
6:30 - 8:00 PM
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! David Ehrich, Co-Founder and Head of Growth for Petal will share insights that every founder needs on building your venture's financial structure while balancing its programmatic goals. Teams will walk away with a headstart and the skills they need to complete the financial projections required in their business plans.


NOVEMBER 2017


Business Plan Deadline: November 5, 2017

Teams that submit a valid and strong executive summary will receive a business plan template, with information, critical questions, and a structure to design their venture. Business plans will be reveiwed by the Changemaker Selection Committee and up to five teams will be selected as CmC finalists. All business plans should be submitted at or before the deadline of November 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EST).

Workshop: Create and Deliver a Pitch from Your Plan

Thursday, November 16th
6:00 - 7:30pm
Note: This workshop is only available to finalist teams and is REQUIRED for at least TWO team members.

Learn how to turn your business plan into an effective pitch from presentation and public speaking specialist, Will Carlin, Founder ⁄ CEO of Speakable and NYU Wagner Adjunct Professor who has coached five consecutive NYU Wagner teams to the finals of the national policy presentation championships (winning two). He will share his approach to presentations and public speaking in which finding a story that resonates with your audience is key!

Practice Your Pitch Event

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Time TBA; evening
Puck Building: 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl, Mulberry Conference Room Note: This event is only available to finalist teams and is REQUIRED for at least TWO team members.

Join consultants from 180 Degrees Consulting - NYU to practice your pitch! Finalist teams will present to these student 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!


DECEMBER 2017


Final Changemaker Challenge Pitch Event: December 5, 2017

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 semester-long CmC social venture competition, finalists will pitch their ventures before a select group of NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program alumni, NYU professionals, and practicing social entrepreneurs.

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 propgram-sponsored support, resources and networks.

One Grand Prize Winner will receive up to $10,000 in capital, access to program-sponsored support and resources, and the title of 2017 - 2018 Changemaker Challege Overall Best Venture. This year's Grand Prize Winner will also have the opportunity to work with 180 Degrees Consulting - NYU on a semester-long consulting project to help their organization reach their goals.