The Challenge 

Gray Matter Presents:

A social impact idea challenge 

Are you a #gmechanger?

Do you have a business idea to rebuild your community?

Here's your chance to win over $2,500 in prizes to get it started!

Applications are currently closed.

Timeline

The challenge will take place in two rounds:

Round 1:  Individuals or teams will submit a 2-3 minute video describing their idea and addressing the questions from the Challenge Overview. A judges panel of experienced entrepreneurs and startup experts will review the video submissions, and choose the top 3 ideas to advance to Round 2 as finalists.

 

Round 2:  The 3 finalist individuals or teams will have the opportunity to refine their pitches, based on judges' feedback, and submit a final pitch video. The final pitches will be shared with Gray Matter's online audience for a voting period of 1 week. The winner will be chosen based on judges' final scores and the highest audience vote.

 Application Opens: July 6, 2020

 Application Deadline: July 31, 2020

 Finalists Selected & Notified: August 7, 2020

 Virtual Finalist Pitch Prep Session (optional): Week of August 10, 2020

 Finalist 2nd Pitch Deadline: August 16, 2020

 Voting Period: August 19-26, 2020

 Winners Announced: August 28, 2020


 

If you have any questions about this challenge, please email 

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