The following teams will pitch their social impact startups during the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) Finals on Tuesday, May 22.

Congratulations to the seven 2018 SNVC finalists!

Unbreakable is a 10-week, anti- bullying online video program that focuses on empowering youth by improving their self-confidence and coping skills using scientifically proven psychological techniques. (School affiliation: Booth). Unbreakable will present at 10:05 a.m.

VouchCircle is a professional networking platform for underserved communities. All people need professional networks to discover careers and find jobs. (Booth) VouchCircle will present at 10:35 a.m.

Shakti empowers functionally illiterate women in India to enforce their rights and access legal and public health resources. (Harris, Booth) Shakti will present at 11:20 a.m.

Insights for Impact is a for-profit social enterprise that helps small to medium nonprofit organizations realize the use of data within their organizations. (Booth, Harris) Insights for Impact will present at 11:50 a.m.

Gather Activism  is a digital platform for political activism. (College) Gather Activism will present at 1:40 p.m.

Mighty is a free online and mobile marketplace for the public to deposit money in secure, community-investing banks. (Graham, College) Mighty will present at 2:10 p.m.

AIM Clinics provides the gold standard autism therapy to children in rural US communities. (Booth, Harris, SSA)  AIM Clinics will present at 2:55 p.m.

On Tuesday, SNVC finalists will present to a panel of distinguished judges and compete for $75,000 in startup capital and $40,000 in additional specialized awards during the eighth annual competition.

The SNVC is the social impact track of the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC), the University of Chicago’s nationally ranked accelerator program. The SNVC is run by Chicago Booth's Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, along with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

“Every year, we’re impressed by the creativity of our teams in addressing their stated challenges,” said Robert H. Gertner, Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance at Chicago Booth and John Edwardson Faculty Director of the Rustandy Center. “But this year they’ve pleased us with the degree to which they’re proven their viability in the market.”

Doors open for SNVC finals at 9:15 a.m. in Harper Center, C-25, and remarks will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Winners will be announced at the Taste the Impact Reception in Harper Center, Room 104. The SNVC Finals will also be live streamed.

The SNVC is the cornerstone of the Rustandy Center’s Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Chicago, which is an initiative named in recognition of a 2016 gift by John Edwardson, ’72, retired chairman and CEO of CDW and chairman of Advance Illinois.

Register to attend or live stream the 2018 SNVC Finals and the Taste the Impact Reception via this link.