John Edwardson, '72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC)

2024 SNVC Finalists


Blueline creates the throughline between campaigns, retaining Democrats’ best talent in the off-year, by matching staff with participating employers for a short-term contract. It ensures that staffers maintain meaningful employment between election cycles.

Iziko Ryacu

Iziko Ryacu is a social enterprise that produces and distributes energy efficient clay-based cooking briquettes for rural Rwandan households. It aims to educate people on the benefits of clean cooking and climate action while creating jobs and other income opportunities for local residents.


KindEd is a nonprofit that aims to equip and empower young people to become agents of change by providing a social media literacy curriculum for schools and advocating for policy changes across Illinois school districts. The curriculum seamlessly integrates literacy and social-emotional learning standards.


Nosso is a subscription service that gives people the option to borrow products that are used infrequently (folding chairs, tools, board games, select kitchen appliances) and thus not worth buying. Nosso’s goal is to reduce the number of things people living in urban areas buy.


Ohr empowers all professionals through proactive, empathetic, AI-driven support, helping employees and employers connect across expectations for today, ambitions for tomorrow, and the challenges in between. Ohr provides equal opportunity to everyone starting their career journey and ultimately increases the diversity of senior leadership teams at the world’s biggest companies, all through the power of behavioral science.


Sirkularis combines efficient waste management solutions tailored for middle-to-low-income communities in Indonesia with cutting-edge SaaS tools for circular economy businesses. It empowers households and local businesses to responsibly manage waste while aiding businesses in optimizing resource usage, fostering a greener and more sustainable future for all.

The Dev Difference

The Dev Difference provides a simulated mock interview environment, allowing candidates to practice interview scenarios, receive immediate feedback, and enhance communication skills. This user-friendly platform is tailored for students and career transitioners, offering valuable resources to first-time interviewees who may not have an established network for technical interviews.

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