The Social Venture Plan Competition

Student and professional

Welcome to the 15th annual Social Venture Plan Competition at Seattle Pacific University — Wednesday, April 14, 2021!  And the winners are . . .

Each spring, the Center for Applied Learning in Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business, Government, and Economics sponsors the Social Venture Plan Competition — a unique event designed to encourage SPU students from all majors to develop entrepreneurial projects that can make a difference in the world.

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 a felt social need while proposing a way to provide sustainable funding through a business activity.

Business people, entrepreneurs, and other community partners evaluate and score the plans, after which competitors present 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.

Participant Checklist

Here is the 2021 schedule. Dates are subject to change.

  • January 13–March 3, 2021: 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 for credit as BUS 3682.
  • Due by March 24, 2021, 5 p.m.:
    2-inch headshot
    Team logo
    Alternate connections
  • April 7, 2021: Coaching sessions for all competing teams (online)
  • Due by April 9, 2021, 5 p.m.:
    Pitch video
    One-page executive summary
  • April 14, 2021: Social Venture Plan Competition showcase (online)


Would you like support from graphic design, illustration and other art students in developing a visual brand identity for your social venture project? Apply for Branded, a 12-hour day of intense interaction during which young designers, illustrators and other artists pair up with aspiring social entrepreneurs to create logos, web templates, venture names and other design elements for social venture plans.

Recap of Recent SVPC Showcase Winners

The results are in and the winners are . . . 

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For More Information

See the competition’s FAQs and official rules. You can also contact the Center for Applied Learning at

this year's sponsors:

svpc sponsors 2021

Special prize this year!

$1,000 will be awarded to the project that best addresses a need related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible venture plans might address medical and health issues caused by the coronavirus, social difficulties inherent in stay-at-home orders, the economic impact of lockdowns, or related topics. The team that wins this prize remains eligible for other awards such as the Grand Prize or People’s Choice.

“We had extraordinary access to both business and academic experts. They helped guide us in the mechanics of starting a business — researching our market, creating a business plan, sharpening our purpose and definition, and engaging both the public and potential investors.”
SVPC competitor

Develop Your Plan

BUS 3682 is a nontechnical, workshop-style course designed to help you develop an outstanding social venture plan and compete in the SVPC. Each session concentrates on a specific element of the SVPC planning template.