Events & Special Projects - 2010 Business Plan Competition

Social Impact Exchange Business Plan Competition

The Social Impact Business Plan Competition identifies social sector scaling initiatives with demonstrated impact and readiness to grow – and supports them with financial and consulting awards. The Competition helps develop a strong pipeline of growth-ready organizations and provides them with the resources to successfully take the next steps in their growth trajectory. Nearly 200 nonprofit organizations headquartered in the U.S. with a focus in education, youth development, health, poverty alleviation or community economic development entered the 2009-2010 Competition at either the early-stage or mezzanine-stage level.

Meet the Award Recipients...

Mezzanine-Stage

The Parent-Child Home Program focuses on building early literacy and language skills in the home in order to develop the social-emotional and cognitive competencies children need to succeed in school. + more

Early-Stage

Emerge Workplace Loan and Financial Stability Program replaces predatory payday lending choices for people living paycheck to paycheck with an online lending and financial education platform that offers workplace loans through our bank and credit union partners. +more

 

Meet the Finalists...

Mezzanine-Stage Finalists
Organizations that have (a) a significant level of successful product/service adoption and demand from the target population, (b) demonstrated positive outcomes, and (c) defined strategies for scaling their social impact.

First Book
Grameen Foundation
ROC USA Early-Stage Finalists

Early-Stage Finalists
Organizations that have a strategy for scaling their social impact and whose initiatives are in the early stage of growth.

Benetech
Higher Achievement
North Lawndale Employment Network

 

       

MEZZANINE-STAGE

First Book

First Book provides the highest quality new books and educational materials to
programs and classrooms serving children in need. Within the decade, First Book will
scale its proven revenue-generating model and become self-sufficient, distributing
70MM books annually and permanently serving 1MM+ programs and classrooms through
a robust, broadly supplied resource site.
Business Plan
Final Presentation

Grameen Foundation

Emerge Workplace Loan and Financial Stability Program replaces predatory payday
lending choices for people living paycheck to paycheck with an online lending and
financial education platform that offers workplace loans through our bank and credit union
partners. Our goal is to migrate workers to mainstream banking relationships and serve
as a scalable catalyst for change on a national level. Emerge will save low wage workers a
minimum of $280 million in its first 5 years.
Business Plan
Final Presentation

 

Parent-Child Home Program

The Parent-Child Home Program focuses on building early literacy and
language skills in the home in order to develop the social-emotional and cognitive
competencies children need to succeed in school. The Program utilizes intensive home
visiting to engage families isolated by poverty, limited literacy, lack of transportation, and
language and cultural barriers in an evidence-based school readiness, early literacy, and
parenting education program. The Program bridges the achievement gap, ensuring that
children are prepared for school and go on to be successful students. It provides a twoyear
cycle of twice-weekly home visits. Well-trained, well-supervised paraprofessional
Home Visitors work with primary caregivers and their 2 to 4-year-olds to create literacyrich
home environments that will support academic success.
Business Plan
Final Presentation

ROC USA

ROC USA’s customers are the 2.7 million homeowners who rent the land beneath their
homes in the country’s 50,000 manufactured home communities (MHCs), or “mobile
home parks.” These hard-working families are trapped in a dysfunctional market
that strips equity from their homes, threatens their health and safety, and has led to
homelessness when MHCs are closed.

ROC USA’s solution is self-help co-op ownership and sustainable communities where
homeowners gain security and build wealth. The solution has been market-tested for 25
years, with this model of organizing and lending having achieved 20 percent market share
and preserved over 5,000 affordable homes in New Hampshire.
Executive Summary
Final Presentation

EARLY-STAGE

Benetech

Benetech is launching a new social enterprise, Bookaccess, which is an online
bookstore for accessible electronic books. Bookaccess will bring accessible
educational materials to hundreds of thousands of students who need reading
accommodations. Accessible books include tools such as ebooks that can be
used with computers or mobile devices that display enlarged text or read the book
aloud while also highlighting text. These accommodations are essential for people
who have difficulty using printed materials, including those with visual and physical
disabilities, learning disabilities and English language learners.

Higher Achievement

Higher Achievement is an after-school and summer academic enrichment program
serving high-need children grades 5th through 8th from low-income communities.
The program closes a persistent achievement gap by providing 650 hours of intense
academic training within a culture of strong relationships during the critical middle school
years. The academic opportunities provided to scholars through such a comprehensive
program set in motion a virtuous cycle of achievement in which opportunities increase
interest, interest increases effort, effort increases achievement, and achievement leads
to additional opportunities
Business Plan
Final Presentation

 

North Lawndale Employment Network

Sweet Beginnings, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the North Lawndale
Employment Network (NLEN), a nonprofit with the mission to improve the earnings
potential of the community through innovative employment initiatives that lead
to economic advancement and an improved quality of life. A social enterprise
and located on the West Side of Chicago, Sweet Beginnings provides transitional
jobs for people with multiple barriers to employment, especially the formerly
incarcerated, while manufacturing and selling high-end natural, urban honey and
honey-based skin care products, sold under the beeline® label.
Business Plan
Final Presentation

Rubicon National Social Innovations

Emerge Workplace Loan and Financial Stability Program replaces predatory payday
lending choices for people living paycheck to paycheck with an online lending and
financial education platform that offers workplace loans through our bank and credit union
partners. Our goal is to migrate workers to mainstream banking relationships and serve
as a scalable catalyst for change on a national level. Emerge will save low wage workers a
minimum of $280 million in its first 5 years.
Executive Summary
Final Presentation