Can a startup change the world? Can business be a catalyst for good?

Seventeenth Annual Social Venture Plan Competition

As a school deeply rooted in Christian faith and values, we’d like to think so. Further, as a Principles of Responsible Management (PRME) champion school, we’d like to encourage our students to think about how their entrepreneurial ideas might contribute to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

For those reasons and more, the Center for Applied Learning sponsors the annual Social Venture Plan Competition (SVPC), a unique business pitch event designed to encourage SPU students from a variety of majors to develop entrepreneurial projects with social impact.

Prime: Principles for Responsible Management Education, an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact

How It Works

The Social Venture Plan Competition (SVPC) encourages teams of students from diverse disciplines to develop an entrepreneurial project that addresses dual bottom lines: social and financial. Participants tackle challenging social issues while proposing innovative ways to provide sustainable funding for their solutions through a business activity.

Businesspeople, entrepreneurs, and other community partners evaluate and score the plans, after which competitors pitch their projects to faculty, staff, students, and judges at a live trade-show display event on the SPU campus. The teams with the highest cumulative scores from the two phases of the competition win cash prizes.

2023 Schedule

October 20, 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Kick-Off event, McKenna Hall 117

  • Learn about the competition
  • Hear from former competitors
  • Free pizza!

January 11–March 1, 2023
Weekly resource nights to help you develop and write your social venture business plan. You may attend sessions on an à la carte basis or take the series for credit as BUS 3682.

Due by February 7, 2023, 5 p.m.
Intent to Participate form due

Due by March 10, 2023, 5 p.m.
Submission Form and written plan due

Due by March 24, 2023, 5 p.m.
Team information for website (specific items TBD)

April 12, 2023, 6 p.m.
Coaching sessions for all competing teams, SPU Ames Library

Due by April 14, 2023, 5 p.m.
Pitch video and one-page executive summary due.

April 19, 2023, 2 p.m.
Social Venture Plan Competition Showcase, Upper Gwinn

Recap of Recent SVPC Showcase Winners

The results are in and the winners are . . .

2023, 2022, 2021, 202020192018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

For More Information

Contact the Center for Applied Learning at

Herbert B. Jones Foundation
The Scott & Kathleen Cummins Family Foundation
Tschetter Group
Northwest Center | People of all abilities
Bellmont Cabinet Co.
Eastlake Real Estate Partners
Highland Private Wealth Management
Pioneer Human Services: A chance for change
Skills Incorporated | Creating Jobs that Change Lives