Offer: Dell Social Innovation Competition
The University of Texas and Dell are looking for college students from around the world who want to improve areas of critical human need through innovation.
Providing a vehicle for taking student innovations from idea to reality, Dell’s Social Innovation Competition is a real-world exercise for perfecting your skills in:
Project/business plan development
Pitching ideas to investors
Building resource networks
Do you have groundbreaking idea in mind? With your fortitude and personality, can you mobilize people and resources to affect wide-ranging, scalable social change? If so, we invite you to register now.
The only limit to the range of projects eligible for the award is the ambition and imagination of each contestant; any significant social issue can be addressed in this competition
No matter what your specialty may be, or whether you work in a team or as an individual, we challenge you to unleash your energy, idealism and public-spirited thinking to affect positive change in areas of critical human need.
The Dell Social Innovation Competition operates like a business-plan competition, awarding seed funding directly to the student-led venture that best meets the judges’ criteria.
The competition has 4 stages:
College students from around the world enter the competition online, each with a brief description of his or her innovation.
Competition judges invite a small group of semifinalists to develop their ideas into detailed venture plans. Each semifinalist records a 3-minute video pitch of his or her plan.
Judges select 3 finalists to travel to Austin, Texas, to present their plans to a committee comprised of leaders from the business, non-profit and government sectors.
During the final event, held at The University of Texas at Austin, all finalists receives prizes, and the overall winner receives $50,000 to launch his or her venture.
Undergraduate and graduate level students from any university or college in the world are eligible to enter. Proof of enrollment will be requested of all semifinalist and finalist contestants.
Social Venture Eligibility
The venture should exist primarily to address a significant social problem.
The mission and practices of the venture must incorporate a quantifiable social return.
Whether it is a for-profit business or a nonprofit organization, the venture must be financially viable.
The venture must be scalable and take into account the potential for growth of the endeavor.
If the venture is already in existence, it must not have been in operation for more than three years. The start of the venture is marked by first income received. Student projects entered on behalf of a business or nonprofit are not eligible.
The proposed venture may not be a wholly owned subsidiary of an existing for-profit or nonprofit entity.
A venture plan cannot be re-entered in the competition beyond two consecutive years.
All plans must be written in English.
Idea Submission Deadline March 1, 23:00 UTC