The winning team will receive $50,000 to continue their project! Finals will be held in April 2020.

Applications due on Sunday, December 1, 2019, by 11:59 PM.

To apply you will be asked to provide:

  • Focused problem area.
  • 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 an active member by the end of January 2020.
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The Min Family Challenge (MFC) was established by alumnus Bryan Min and his wife Julie Min to place USC Viterbi students at the epicenter of the world’s most pressing issues.

The Min Family Social Entrepreneurship Challenge was inspired by the Min family’s enduring faith and aspiration to 
empower future generations of engineers to use their acquired knowledge and leverage the power of technology to better the world by globally serving the least fortunate and their pressing societal needs.

Inspired by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, teams will meet with local organizations working on solutions to support vulnerable populations and participate in field trips around Los Angeles County. Teams will develop prototypes for solutions and sustainable business models, guided with a series of entrepreneurship workshops, to support future sustainability efforts. Team will compete at a finals in the spring of 2020.

Teams must have a USC Viterbi student (undergraduate or graduate) in a lead role although multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged. Admitted teams will be paired with mentors and are required to attend mandatory entrepreneurship education workshops.

About the Min Family

The Mins have a longstanding legacy of philanthropy to USC and beyond. Here at USC Viterbi, Julie and Bryan have generously supported student fellowships. In 2000, the Mins established the ESSential Foundation, which funds, among other things, military support organizations, caregivers of wounded warriors, international micro-finance, religious, educational organizations as well as community programs that support troubled youth.

The Mins are passionate Trojans through and through. Bryan, a distinguished alumnus with a Bachelor’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering, is a member of the USC Viterbi Board of Councilors as well as our ISE Epstein Department Advisory Board.  His wife Julie graduated from UCLA earning a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Business. Julie worked on Capitol Hill on the Senate Ethics Committee before raising their two wonderful children and currently serves on Boards of various non-profits, including the Armed Services and the YMCA. Their son Brandon graduated from USC with a major in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Daughter Brittany will be attending USC in the fall of 2016.

Key Dates

0October 2019
Info Session at 4 PM in DRB 146
0Oct 2019
Info Session at 4 PM in MCB 102
0November 2019
Info Session at 11:30 AM in RTH 526
0December 2019
Applications Due by Midnight

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