Ohio State’s APTE 2013 to Host Social Business Competition to Alleviate Poverty

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The Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship (APTE) Summit is an annual conference at Ohio State that is completely put on by students whose mission is to inspire and empower individuals to fight poverty by using entrepreneurship and innovation.

What is the APTE?

The APTE Summit is a dynamic – and free – annual event that showcases how innovative leaders around the world are advancing the battle against poverty. This one day event brings together people of all walks of life who have one thing in common: they want to do good, and try to do it better. The community connects students, academics, practitioners, policy makers, and community members who have the collective power to truly change the world.  The event focusses on entrepreneurship, innovation and new ways of thinking as the tools to end poverty.

APTE will engage conference speakers from all over the country (and a few international ones too) on social entrepreneurship.  The summit reaches a diverse community of speakers, student organizers, corporate sponsors, the people in the audience, or the people around the world participating in the event via the live-stream video and twitter feed (the US Embassy in Senegal, West Africa will be hosting a live viewing of APTE). With a mission to extensively market to universities, high schools, and professionals across the U.S., APTE aims to build bridges between attendees.

The 2013 APTE Summit promises to be an exciting event with a number of features:

The summit is scheduled for February 9, 2013.

Social Enterprise Biz Competition (Deadline Jan. 21st):

Apply to APTE’s brand new social enterprise Biz Competition for a chance to win $5,000 and RSVP – for free – to join the event, Saturday, February 9th at Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts.

A social entrepreneurship business plan competition that allows students and recent grads to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges for feedback and potential start-up investments. Five finalists will be selected to convince judges that their solution is practical, profitable, and worth pursuing.

Why enter? Competitors develop confidence, receive feedback and constructive coaching from business experts and investors, and can earn seed money and in-kind support to help launch their social enterprise:

  • Grand Prize: $5,000 and chance to join Global Brigades’ incubation program – allowing them to test their solution in the communities Global Brigades serves
  • Runner Up: $2,000 to jump-start their project
  • 3rd – 5th Place: Will be reimbursed for up to $1,000 of travel expenses – restrictions apply
  • Top 3 placers will have the opportunity to give an elevator pitch at the APTE Summit the following day in front of the 1,000+ expected attendees
  • The Top 5 candidates will be given a booth at the Innovation Marketplace – APTE’s involvement/expo event and exclusive invitations to the pre-event dinner where they can mingle with the planning team, speakers, and other key contributors to the summit

To enter Submit a one page executive summary and YouTube video presentation by January 21st at midnight to bizcomp@aptesummit.org. See competition details for more information.

Learn more and register

Innovation Marketplace – Networking/involvement Expo

The Innovation Marketplace seeks to stimulate those who attend the APTE Summit to begin making a difference the very same day through mission aligned opportunities. It provides a broad array of opportunities for students to channel their inspiration into actionable forms such as campus organizations, internships, study abroad, research opportunities, and more.

Please email im@APTEsummit.org if you are or know of a social enterprise that is interested in participating in Innovation Marketplace 2013.

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