On Friday September 30 2016 ONE 2 ONE will be sponsoring The Lancaster Great Social Enterprise Pitch. ONE 2 ONE is a proud sponsor of this event and is devoted to dedicating their time to help better the Lancaster Community.
WHAT IS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE?
A market-based, income-generating enterprise that aims to solve a social and/or environmental problem through its business activities. Social Enterprises focus on a triple bottom line: people, planet and profit.
WHAT IS THE PITCH?
The Great Social Enterprise Pitch is an idea and business plan competition for concepts that use a business model and revenues to have a positive social or environmental impact. Ten social enterprise ideas will be selected from a pool of applicants. From April to August, ten business ideas had undergone a rigorous curriculum of idea incubation, business development, and concept refinement.
All businesses need the support and backing of the community to succeed. Crowdfunding is a chance to see which of the ideas resonate with the community and which entrepreneur can best spread their message, while also raising start-up funds for all the social enterprises themselves! From August 24-September 14, you could show your support with your dollars and help fund the launch of these amazing ideas that can help change the way Lancaster does business!
In August, these ideas went public for you to support through crowdfunding. Then, five finalists were chosen to participate in the Live Pitch on September 30. Winners will receive a prize package including cash and pro-bono services.
MEET THE 2016 GREAT SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PITCH PARTICIPANTS!
The ten teams were selected by organizers from a pool of 32 applicants to participate in the free Idea Incubators involving a robust three-month learning program designed to develop the proposed social enterprise ideas. Applicant ideas were evaluated based on the clarify of problem the enterprise addresses, the enterprise’s proposed impact on that problem, the demand for the proposed products or services, the potential for profitability, and the leadership of the enterprise and its capacity to scale to address the problem. Preference was given to ideas that develop or support thriving wage jobs for people with barriers to employment.
The 2016 Ideas:
Sourcing fashion that inspires and empowers underprivileged women to have jobs in a stable environment.
The Farm Stand
Developing a mobile farm stand for healthy, affordable produce.
Ebenezer Wholistic Foods
Creating Lancaster’s very own raw vegan food company that inspires people to eat healthier and live better.
Bench Mark B-Fit
Empowering and training opportunity youth to become personal trainers in corporate settings.
Promoting sobriety in the community through entertainment.
WIN Workplace Solutions
Providing a temporary, portable space to employers for their female employees who need to express breastmilk in the workplace.
Developing a fitness and wellness center focusing on improving the health of low income communities while providing high quality employment opportunities.
Sophie Stargazer Boutique
Ethically-made fashion & gifts for the stylish woman.
Whitaker Family Child Care
Supplying healthy, local food for early childcare facilities.
Creating ethically-produced, natural, hygienic products.
The 10 teams attended a three-month series of learning sessions led by ASSETS focused on feasibility and business planning. In August, they each launched a crowdfunding campaign to generate awareness and dollars in support of their concept.
The Live Pitch is the grand finale of the Great Social Enterprise pitch—the culmination of months of professional development, idea incubation and message refining. Held in front of a live audience and a panel of judges, the top five social enterprise ideas present a five minute pitch, receiving a score based on presentation, content, potential impact, and financial sustainability. Winners receive thousands of dollars in cash and pro-bono prizes!