Michigan is showing strong signs of becoming the national leader when it comes to social entrepreneurship. The latest of those signs is the Pure Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, a business competition featuring $50,000 in prizes.
"This is the first time in the country a statewide social entrepreneurship challenge has been held," says Elizabeth Garlow, director of Michigan Corps
, which is organizing the competition with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation
and Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest
. "We're really excited to see what happens."
The Pure Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge will offer cash prizes, access to investors, and consideration for special program opportunities. Participants can also access potential mentors, network, and discover resources tailored to social entrepreneurs. The bottom line is to help advance ideas, ventures, and solutions to address pressing social challenges in the Great Lakes State.
To enter, complete an application at GLEQ.org
before the March 27 deadline. A special Social Entrepreneurship Showcase and Pitch event will take place on June 18 at GLEQ's Entrepreneur Connect event in Lansing. For information, click here
Source: Elizabeth Garlow, director of Michigan Corps
Writer: Jon Zemke
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