Dell Social Innovation Competition

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Global Finals: Austin, Texas
Application Date: March 2, 2009
1st Prize:

Dell invites you to dream up a plan that combines creativity and innovation to tackle a pressing social issue.
Students from all disciplines are challenged to unleash their energy, idealism and public-spirited thinking to affect change in areas of critical human need. The RGK Center is searching for student social entrepreneurs to develop compelling and innovative plans for new initiatives that will contribute to the public good.

The competition has three stages. They invite college students from around the globe to enter the competition online by briefly stating their innovation. From all entries, a small group is selected as semifinalists and invited to develop a detailed venture plan. Three finalists present their plans to a selection committee comprised of leaders from the business, nonprofit and government sectors. At the final event, held at the University of Texas at Austin, a single winner is chosen and awarded $50,000 to launch their venture.

Success Stories

Husk Power Systems
Winners of 2008 Dell Social Innovation Competition
Husk Power Systems provides power to millions of rural Indians in a financially sustainable, scalable, environmentally friendly and profitable manner. Husk Power Systems has created proprietary technology that cost-effectively converts rice husks into electricity. It is run by University of Virginia, Darden School of Business 2009 graduates Chip Ransler and Manoj Sinha. Recently It won the DFJ and Cisco sponsored Global Business Plan Competition in July, 2009.

3rd Place , 2008 Dell Social Innovation Competition
Swayam helps promising students eliminate the financial barrier to education, a bright future and a better standard of living by enabling investors to fund their education in return for a percentage of their future income for a fixed period of time. This Stanford University team includes Deepti Chatti, Ashni Mohnot, Somik Raha, Thomas Seyller.

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