Friday, November 4, 2011

Social Venture Partners Charlotte Launches Signature Initiative - SEED20 Competition

Social Venture Partners Charlotte has launched SEED20, an annual
competition to discover and spotlight 20 of the most innovative ideas
for building social value in our region.

SEED stands for Social Entrepreneurs Empowered, and the competition -
for a prize pool of $30,000 ­- aligns with SVP Charlotte's mission by
helping to grow the region's social entrepreneur community. SEED20 is
made possible with investors Wells Fargo, Knight Foundation, and UNCC
as well as strategic branding and marketing partner, Topics Education.
The competition is open to any individual or nonprofit organization
with a great idea and a passionate commitment to seeing it impact
social change.

Between now and December 8, social entrepreneurs in Mecklenburg and
bordering counties can download the competition details and
application at Thereafter, SEED20's Selection
Committee will select 20 semifinalists who will receive feedback and
extensive coaching on their ideas and presentations during an
intensive seven-week period in January and February 2012. From there,
the Selection Committee will narrow the list to ten finalists, all of
whom will present their ideas at SEED20Unleashed! on March 6, 2012.

At this high-energy event, to be held at UNCC's new Center City
Campus, the ten finalists will make three-minute "pitches" to a panel
of judges and an audience of business, academic and nonprofit leaders,
foundation executives, the media and others interested in supporting
the growth of social value in our region. Finalists will compete to
win a total of $30,000 in grants, and all attendees will have the
chance to network and celebrate social entrepreneurs and the energy
and ideas they bring to our region.

About Social Venture Partners
Social Venture Partners Charlotte (SVP Charlotte) is a diverse network
of engaged individuals who are addressing community needs through a
new model of giving – Venture Philanthropy. SVP Charlotte brings the
collective expertise, creativity, time and money of our members and
their networks to develop and support promising social initiatives and
nonprofits. In addition, SVP Charlotte strives to foster a community
of socially-conscious and well-informed donors through engagement with
Investees, collaboration with other SVP partners, and participation in
educational events. To learn more, please