McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship Social Impact 2018 Pitch Application

2018 Social Impact Pitch Competition 

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship's Social Impact Pitch Competition will feature six finalists. Awards will be given for the best new nonprofit or social venture startup idea. Prizes include $25,000 in cash awards; first place $15,000 and second $10,000.


Social impact proposals should focus on new solutions to a social problem or cultural need that is more effective, more efficient, or just more sustainable than present solutions. The value that is generated should primarily be for society as a whole rather than private individuals.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to apply. Preference is given to applicants from Arizona or those that have a significant connection to Arizona. The focus of this competition is on new startup opportunities for social impact - whether as an independent entity or as part of a larger organization. The competition is not focused on proposals centered on scaling existing programs or services (for example: adding staff within an existing nonprofit program to expand the number served).

The competition is designed to help people take their idea to the next level. Whether your social impact will be a program, product or service, you can apply.

Judging Criteria

The pitch competition will be judged based on:

  • Social impact/return on mission
  • Scalability of impact/innovation
  • Sustainability of program/venture


Finalists are strongly encouraged to attend a Finalist Pitch Preparation Workshop.

Application Deadline

  • Monday, October 8 - Social Impact Pitch Applications Due by 5:00pm

Finalists Announced 

  • Tuesday, October 9 - Finalists announced by 12:00pm

Finalist Pitch Preparation Workshops 

  • Wednesday, October 10 - McClelland Hall Rm 202k - 6pm-7pm - Zoom Conference Available

Social Impact Pitch Competition

  • Thursday, October 18 - 6:30 p.m. at Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

Social Impact Pitch Competition Application

Please submit the form below by 5 p.m. Monday, October 8.

Part 1: Primary Contact Information
10-digit number, no dashes
Please name the organization that you are affiliated with
Part 2: Social Impact Proposal
Summary overview of your proposed social impact
10 Words Max
100 Words Max
Description of the need, solution, and social impact
400 Words Max
400 Words Max
400 Words Max
Path to implement the social impact
200 Words Max
200 Words Max
200 Words Max
Financing the social impact
200 Words Max
200 Words Max
Supporting Documentation Upload (Optional)
Note: As an option, you may submit any supporting images or charts referenced in your text responses within a PDF document. If you have multiple files please compile them into a single PDF. If you have any questions or concerns about your application please contact Jessica Sueskind, Program Coordinator at
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.