Ever gotten to the bottom of your ballot only to find a slew  of candidates you’ve never heard of running for positions you didn’t know existed? BallotReady, which won the 2015 John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC), was created for these moments. The SNVC is the social impact track of the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, the University of Chicago’s intensive and well-regarded business launch program. Through the SNVC, UChicago students can turn their passion for social and environmental issues into social enterprises with measurable impact and a plan for financial sustainability.

The BallotReady team created their online and mobile platform to provide free, nonpartisan background information on every candidate and referendum on a voter’s ballot. Before winning the SNVC, founders Alex Niemczewski, AB ’09; Harris School of Public Policy student Aviva Rosman, AB ’10; and Sebastian Ellefson, AB ’03, received support through the Institute of Politics’ (IOP) Student Civic Engagement program.

To learn more about BallotReady’s launch and deep UChicago roots, watch the video below from IOP.