Tavis Smiley and The University of Maryland Social Innovation Challenge

Tavis Smiley and The University of Maryland Social Innovation Challenge
Broadcaster Tavis Smiley, in partnership with the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, has launched the TS/UM Social Innovation Challenge to help address some of society's most pressing issues in three key areas: hunger, education, and sustainability.

Aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to develop transformative solutions to affect positive change for individuals and communities across the nation. The Challenge serves as a prompt for diverse groups of people to come together to solve specific societal issues by harnessing inventiveness and bringing innovative ideas to the marketplace.

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel comprised of representatives from academia, business, community/grassroots, government, nonprofit groups and the technology community.

The TS/UM Social Innovation Challenge supports Tavis Smiley's initiative to dramatically reduce poverty in America and the University of Maryland's commitment to increase the number and quality of new businesses inspired by competition to create a large and strong new generation of entrepreneurs who benefit society.

The Challenge will award a minimum of $25,000 each to three social innovators, one in each of the target impact areas of hunger, sustainability and education. Additionally, each winning entrant will have an opportunity to appear on the Tavis Smiley Network, receive an entrepreneur mentorship at the Clark School's Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech), and showcase their innovation at Platform Summit.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in OCTOBER of each year, and the award amount is usually $25,000.

For more details, visit www.tavistalks.com/socialinnovator



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