The TFC hosts the Social Enterprise Pitch Competition @ Vanderbilt!

In early November, the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures (TFC) hosted a Social Enterprise Pitch Competition at Vanderbilt.

This year, in lieu of the Hult Prize Foundation’s annual competition (which was cancelled), the TFC hosted its own Social Enterprise Pitch Competition. The TFC, in line with its mission, finds immense value in giving students the opportunity to ideate on solving a real challenge in our ever-changing global environment.

Pitch competition judges Cali Livingstone, Shateara Hall & Bob Bernstein

During this year’s competition, four teams of interdisciplinary Vanderbilt graduate students competed to pitch an idea that creates a positive impact by generating 500 jobs in Nashville (or the Middle Tennessee region) by 2024. The underlying purpose of this pitch was to create a profitable business model that solves a social problem through job creation

The competition was kicked off by keynote speaker Jade Sampson, founder of Silverline Strategic Partners and founder of Tennessee Educational Alliance, (Vanderbilt M.Ed. Leadership & Organizational Performance). The competition was judged by prominent figures from throughout the Nashville and Vanderbilt community: Bob Bernstein, Bongo Java, Founder & Owner; Cali Livingstone, LUCI, Director of Customer Operations (Owen MBA ’20, Former TFC Board Chair); and Shateara Hall, Wond’ry Program Coordinator, Social Innovation.

Pitch Competition winners Libby Crowe (MBA ’23), Alyssa Patel (MBA ’23) and Parker Willmon (Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering ’25)

The winning team was comprised of three graduate students Libby Crowe (MBA ’23), Alyssa Patel (MBA ’23), Parker Willmon (Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering ‘25) who pitched Molded, a company that cleans recycled goods in Nashville and upcycles them for 3-D print filament. The company would also design and print plastic goods for profit. The group estimated 600 jobs would be created by 2024. The winning team received $1500 as a cash prize.

The Turner Family Center for Social Ventures would like to thank a few key individuals for their support of the competition: Mario Avila, Kathleen Fuchs-Hritz, Audrey Josephson-Day, Vedanti Shah, Emilia Banks, AJ Greenway, Connor McClellan, and Anne Ronoh.

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