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Rewarding Social Impact and Entrepreneurship

We're proud to announce that nominations for the second annual CommonBond Social Impact Award are now open. The award recognizes the top MBA social entrepreneur who is driving positive social impact locally or globally. This year, we've upped the ante, with $10,000 to put towards the winning founder's business venture. Current MBA students (classes of 2016 and 2017) and alums from the class of 2015 are eligible to be nominated. Do you know an MBA student or class of '15 MBA grad driving social change through their business venture? Nominate them today!

DEADLINE: Nominations close at noon (12 p.m. ET) on 7/26/2015. Top 3 nominees will be informed on 7/28/2015. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Ali Miller at alison@commonbond.co.

Eligibility requirements for entrepreneurs:

  • Must be a class of '15, '16, '17 MBA student/graduate
  • Must be a founder or co-founder of a venture that drives social impact through its business. The business can be at any stage (from just getting started to seed-funded).

Nominees will be evaluated along four (4) key dimensions:

  • Number of nominations he or she receives
  • Innovative nature of idea and/or business model
  • Potential for long-term impact
  • Traction achieved to date

After the nomination period, three (3) finalists will be chosen. They will receive: 

  • Opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of judges for a chance to win $10,000
  • Marketing of their businesses through press coverage and features on CommonBond's website

Beginning 7/30, we will open up the voting period for the public to vote for their choice for the nation's top MBA social entrepreneur among the top three finalists:

  • In the event the judges arrive at a tie at the pitch-off event, the number of votes will be the deciding factor to choose a winner
  • Top three nominees will be able to obtain votes through any and all social channels
  • Voting will end at 12 p.m. on the date of the pitch-off, 8/5
  • Only one vote will be counted for each unique email address that votes

The winner will be chosen among the 3 finalists at a pitch-off event in New York City on August 5 by a board of seasoned social entrepreneurs:

  • David Klein, Co-Founder/CEO of CommonBond
  • Adam Braun, Founder of Pencils of Promise
  • Additional judges to be announced

The winner will receive:

  • $10,000 to help fund the entrepreneurial venture
  • Personal mentorship from CommonBond CEO and co-founder, David Klein, and the leadership team at CommonBond
  • Potential press coverage driven by participation

From 2014's CommonBond Social Impact Award Winner, Christine Su:

"Winning the CommonBond Social Impact Award was a tremendous honor for Summer Technologies at the very beginning of our journey. The award coverage and CommonBond's efforts to get the word out about our mission really helped put us on the map, and people still remember reading about 'that big national award' that we received. Personally, it meant a ton that CommonBond gave the first national social impact award to a sustainable agriculture startup, which moves the dialogue in the broader social entrepreneurship community towards food sustainability, a global crisis that will impact us all in this lifetime. The support we got from CommonBond was far above and beyond our imagination, and Dave has continued to be a great supporter and mentor to us ever since.

"In the months since receiving the CommonBond Social Impact Award, we have received recognition and backing from Stanford University, the New Zealand Government, Stanford's StartX accelerator, and several prominent clean tech investors, but I will never forget that CommonBond was the first to place their faith in us." Christine Su, Stanford MBA MS '15. Read Christine's story.

About CommonBond: CommonBond was founded on the belief that "business can, and should be, a force for positive social change." As a values-driven business, we want to celebrate the next generation of social entrepreneurs who share this belief and are putting it into practice across all industries and business models. That's why we created the CommonBond Social Impact Award in 2014. We want to hear about the social entrepreneurs from your schools and communities who inspire you and whose ideas or ventures, no matter the stage of development, have the potential to change the world.

Tags: Life at CommonBond, Social Impact

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