Social Enterprise Finalists Share Their Stories
Social Enterprise Finalists Share Their Stories
The four finalists from the New Venture Competition's Social Enterprise Track tell their stories, including what inspired them to found their companies and where they hope to take them in the future.
22 Apr 2016  

The New Venture Competition is an annual student competition hosted by Harvard Business School's Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise Initiative.

The Social Enterprise Track began in 2001 and has had 437 teams participate to date. This year, the track received a record 62 entries, 77 percent of which were for-profit or hybrid models, and 23 percent of which were nonprofit models. Competitors in this track are judged by a mix of philanthropists, impact investors, capacity-building organizations, and social entrepreneurs, including 20 semifinal round judges and five final round judges. The finale will take place on April 26, 2016.

Below, the four finalists weigh in on their missions, how their companies came to be, and where they hope to take things in the future:

Confi create credible, fun online content on women's health/sex, plus sexual assault prevention events.

Girls Health Champions is an initiative that trains girls as peer educators and health leaders.

UrSure Inc. drives adherence to the HIV preventive drug, PrEP, with noninvasive, painless, cheap urine tests.

Yellow Brick Road provides community college students with clear career pathways to employment and economic opportunity.

About the Social Enterprise Initiative:The HBS Social Enterprise Initiative applies innovative business practices and managerial disciplines to drive sustained, high-impact social change. It's grounded in the mission of Harvard Business School and aims to educate, inspire, and support leaders across all sectors to tackle society’s toughest challenges and make a difference in the world.


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