Information for Teams





We need YOU, and YOUR ideas! Here's how you can start NOW! 

  1. Contact your campus representative listed below and form teams of up to 10.  

  2. Identify and discuss with community and team a social problem in your area.  

  3. Think creatively.                                                                                                              

  4. Research your topic. 

  5. Write a business plan. 

  6. Work with your campus SBTDC representative

  7. Be named to one of your campus teams and get to North Carolina A&T University on February 11, 2015.

  8. Present your plan to a panel of distinguished judges. 

  9. Win cash and prizes to further your idea. 

  10. Make GREAT things happen in your community.

Make GREAT things happen in your community.



What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Social entrepreneurs identify large-scale social problems and work to solve them in innovative ways. Like more traditional entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs start new organizations or revitalize existing ones in creative ways. What differentiates this group is a determination to create positive social change, in addition to—and sometimes rather than—earning profits.



All plans must be based on a clearly-defined social problem or social issue. The teams should reach out to local stakeholders to determine needs or gaps in service.  For purposes of this project, “local” may be defined as a campus’ immediate community, economic development region or North Carolina, though the business may eventually serve needs beyond that geography.Past ideas included a local food bank, veteran’s outreach, mobile apps and thedevelopment of energy saving, alternative traffic lights. 



Teams should begin meeting in the fall to outline preliminary ideas. They should work with relevant faculty and administrative resources at their campus, interfacing with their local SBTDC representative, consulting with community stakeholders (to ensure they are not duplicating an already-addressed challenge and are taking full advantage of existing community resources). Rethink, refine, then submit a final written version of their plan by January 23, 2015, so judges can review it, then be ready to present at the conference.


Business Plan

The body of the plan must not exceed 3 pages. This does not include financials or other appendices, which must not total more than 2 additional pages.  The Plan must address ALL the follow:  Busiess Overview, the Market, Financial Analysis and Social/Enviornmental Impact Analysis. 


The ‘DAY OF” the Conference:

On presentation day, teams will have 4 minutes to present their ideas in the preliminary rounds; they will then have 4 minutes of questions by judges about their plan. In the final round, finalists will have four minutes to present to a second group of judges in front of everyone, followed by up to four minutes of questions from judges.

Questions? Contact Conference Gurus! 

Kelley Gregory, 919-962-4612

 Leslie Boney, 919-843-7338