Social Entrepreneurship Launch Awards

The Carol and Larry Levy Social Entrepreneurship lab understands that the best way to determine whether a concept will work is to test it. The Social Entrepreneurship Launch awards are designed to provide students with a small amount of financial support to do just that-pilot a concept. Students are invited to apply for awards ranging from $500-$3000 through a rolling application process. This proof of concept funding is for first and second-year Kellogg students who aim to launch their own social ventures. This funding is to help students assess the feasibility and scalability of their venture ideas, and can be used for activities such as gathering substantive consumer feedback on their plan, developing and testing a prototype, and conducting a small scale pilot of a service. This funding is not intended for established ventures pursuing growth. Students awarded this funding will have up to six months to spend the award to pilot their venture idea. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis and awards will vary in monetary amount.

Successful applicants will be selected based on their enthusiasm, commitment to their vision, and the effort they have already invested in their social venture idea. Prior experience in social enterprise is neither a prerequisite nor an advantage in the selection process. Successful applicants must be able to clearly articulate how they will spend their award. We suggest that students who receive this funding stay in touch with Social Enterprise over the course of their pilot to access resources and support.

Application Process
To apply, students should submit a 250-500 word essay outlining their social venture idea and how they will use this funding to kiei@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Applications should:
1.) outline a line-item budget for the award,
2.) detail their previous commitment/investment into the concept,
3.) discuss their interest in pursuing this idea long term.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from Sept. 10th – April 29th.