The Min Family Engineering Social Entrepreneurship Challenge offers USC undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to use engineering and technology to develop sustainable and effective solutions to global problems, positively affecting the greater society. In particular, we seek solutions to challenges faced by underprivileged parts of our society or in underdeveloped countries worldwide.
Teams are invited to address major initiatives, such as the National Academy Grand Challenges, Gates Foundation programs, and any other articulated challenges for which technology solutions offer broad societal impact, particularly for underserved communities. We are delighted to partner with the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab based at the USC Marshall School of Business to create meaningful and sustainable solutions.
Through the Min Challenge, teams interview customers and stakeholders to learn about community needs and determine possible solutions. Teams will offer proposed solutions and based on those proposals, funds will be allocated to research implementation strategies over spring break. Teams must have a USC Viterbi student or postdoc in a lead role but are ideally multi-disciplinary teams.
To apply you will be asked to provide:
- Short business model summary.
- Market opportunity.
- Name, school, e-mail, graduation date, and one sentence bio for each team member. The maximum number of team members is 5.
- All USC students are invited to participate, although each team must have at least one Viterbi student as member.
The deadline is Sunday, October 9, 2016, 11:59 pm PT. Admitted teams will be advised by Tuesday October 25, 5 pm. Admitted teams will be paired with mentors in the fall and are required to attend educational sessions between December 2016 and March 2017.
See the file from our information session here.