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2020 SNVC Finalists Announced

The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and Polsky Center are pleased to announce the seven teams advancing to the finals of the 2020 John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC).

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 in partnership with the Polsky Center.

The following teams will present to a panel of distinguished judges and compete for at least $100,000 in startup capital during the 10th annual competition on Tuesday, June 2.

The 2020 SNVC finalists are:

Brink is a nonprofit focused on making the American democratic process more inclusive for people with disabilities by using technology to simplify and improve the voting experience. (School affiliation: Booth)

Ceres is a telemedicine digital health platform for independent abortion clinics and primary care providers to streamline clinic processes, ensure patient safety, and work toward reproductive justice. (School affiliation: Pritzker School of Medicine, The College)

Impact Toolbox (I-Toolbox) is a digital incubation platform that provides youths and emerging social entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to learn, network, and access seed funding to transform their ideas for social change into viable social ventures. (School affiliation: Harris)

LivingWaters has developed a low-cost, easily deployable rainwater collection system to provide clean water to the world’s displaced populations in refugee camps and informal off-grid settlements. (School affiliation: Booth, Harris, Law School)

NGOrganize is a revenue-generating tech company providing SaaS solutions for organizations to manage social initiatives, analyze results, and report impact to donors, investors, and stakeholders, with a near-term focus on supporting organizations responding to the pandemic. (School affiliation: Booth, Harris)

Ponte is a tech platform that aims to bridge the gap between people struggling with addiction, their families, and the recovery health-care resources available to them. (School affiliation: Booth)

Zócalo is an education technology company that designs technology-based experiences to facilitate the development of whole children by building the foundations they need for a lifetime of success. (School affiliation: Booth)

Tune in to the SNVC virtual finals event to support these up-and-coming social entrepreneurs. RSVP to watch on June 2 » 

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