The Min Family Challenge (MFC) was established by alumnus Bryan Min and his wife Julie Min to support student use of engineering and technology to develop sustainable and effective solutions for global problems, positively affecting the greater society. To date, the Min Family Challenge has nurtured concepts ranging from technologies for preventing infant blindness to digital solutions for the “underbanked.” This Challenge has extended the world of innovation to creating sustainable solutions to needy communities across the globe.
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria and devastation from Mexico’s strongest earthquakes in a century, the 2018 Min Family Engineering Social Entrepreneurship Challenge will focus on developing sustainable ventures to enhance relief and recovery efforts for the victims and mitigate impact of future disasters. This initiative will allow teams of students to apply for subsidies to travel to the Houston area, a testbed, for field research, then develop technical solutions for a specific problem resulting from the hurricane’s aftermath.
Through the Min Challenge, following the on-site problem discovery, teams will have the chance to spend the subsequent months on campus developing prototypes for solutions and sustainable business models, guided with a series of entrepreneurship workshops, to support future disaster response efforts. We are delighted to partner with the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab based at the USC Marshall School of Business. Successful teams will also be eligible for substantial prototyping awards. Final prototypes and business models will be presented at a showcase in the Spring 2018. Teams must have a USC Viterbi student or postdoc in a lead role but are ideally multi-disciplinary teams.
Admitted teams will be paired with mentors and are required to attend mandatory entrepreneurship education workshops.