The Impact Challenge is a regional business competition that awards funding and brings regional attention to the most innovative, impactful, and viable start-up social ventures.

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After a three-level application process, honorees chosen by an expert jury receive public recognition, and share unrestricted seed capital and expert professional services.

Eligibility and Requirements

Businesses that are eligible are incorporated or hold significant operations in New England, have generated less than $1,000,000 in total revenue to date, and create viable, sustainable, market-based solutions to social, environmental, or community challenges.

We look for start-up ventures that make a clear and compelling case for how they create positive social or environmental impact in the community. While we don’t disqualify applicants based on stage, legal structure, or lack thereof, we look for businesses that have a proven and viable business models. The business plan and strategy must be clear, compelling and comprehensive, and the team must demonstrate an understanding of what’s needed to execute it successfully.

If you are selected as an Honoree, you must prepare and deliver a finalist pitch to a panel of judges.

Businesses that are eligible are incorporated or hold significant operations in New England, have generated less than $1,000,000 in total revenue to date, and create viable, sustainable, market-based solutions to social, environmental, or community challenges.

We look for start-up ventures that make a clear and compelling case for how they create positive social or environmental impact in the community. While we don’t disqualify applicants based on stage, legal structure, or lack thereof, we look for businesses that have a proven and viable business models. The business plan and strategy must be clear, compelling and comprehensive, and the team must demonstrate an understanding of what’s needed to execute it successfully.

If you are selected as an Honoree, you must prepare and deliver a finalist pitch to a panel of judges.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2016 Impact Challenge have now closed.

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Judges

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Past Honorees See all

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    Beautiful Day

    Beautiful Day RI seeks to nourish its community by providing first jobs and on-the-job training for resettled refugees.

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    Daily General Counsel

    Every large company has in-house lawyers, known as General Counsel, who provide legal advice on the sales, operations, employment, contract…

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    Dream See Do

    Learn better together with highly engaging online group missions. Dream See Do is a coach and teacher-led platform.

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    Hugo and Hoby

    Hugo and Hoby produces furniture collections inspired by modern values. They’re sustainably sourced. Transparently priced. And made on demand by…

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    Lotus Alliance

    LOTUS Alliance fights human trafficking and forced labor within hospitality supply chains, promotes responsible tourism and funds survivor programs.

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    Fresh Farm Aquaponics

    FRESH Farm Aquaponics is part of a rising tide of entrepreneurs using Aquaponics and other Food 4.0 Smart Agriculture Technologies…

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Applications Open!

2016 IMPACT ACCELERATOR COHORT FOR USE SOMEWHERE IN REPORT

The Impact Accelerator is a 4-month program designed to provide entrepreneurs with access to the knowledge, networks, and resources they need to grow their businesses and their impact.

Apply through 12/16 or attend an info session!