Social Enterprise Pitch Night on June 30th

Social Enterprise Pitch Night on June 30th

Chicago is leading the way in driving socially-minded businesses and other social enterprises. On June 30th, social change advocates are invited to attend Social Enterprise Pitch Night hosted by Social Enterprise Alliance-Chicago and Net Impact Chicago. If you've ever watched "Shark Tank", you'll understand the format: five social entrepreneur finalists will present their business concepts to judges for prizes (including $1,000 to the winner and a $1,000 audience award)  as well as complimentary expert business advice.

Events like this have a nomination process, and Social Enterprise Pitch Night has five primary competitors, including:

  • Edova, a Chicago-based education technology social enterprise that brings tablet education into correctional facilities nationwide
  • Lihtec, a Chicago-based marketplace platform that facilitates the development of affordable housing by connecting developers with socially minded investors.
  • The MetroAlliance, an south-suburban organization that gathers funds to buy underutilized and undervalued housing, commercial and retail properties that are underappreciated due to racial and socioeconomic factors.
  • Docademia, a video on demand service offering best in social documentary files packaged for educators.
  • MemoryWell, a network of journalists that write life stories for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia who otherwise cannot tell their own stories.

Judges for the event are

The event will be held at Coalition:Impact, a co-working space for social enterprise businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to drive change, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. (Coalition: Impact is also holding a happy hour on July 12 focused on the social impact/social enterprise community ). Tickets (which include beer and wine) are $15, and can be purchased via Eventbrite at

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-enterprise-pitch-night-tickets-25173430408

These are interesting times for social enterprise in Chicago, as more businesses are focusing on making a social impact while many nonprofits are becoming more business-like in their efforts to drive change. Social Enterprise Pitch Night is a great opportunity to get onto the ground floor of a burgeoning movement.

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