The Social Venture Plan Competition

Student and professional

The Social Venture Plan Competition will continue.  Due to COVID-19 requirements, the Showcase will be replaced by a virtual event.  Learn more here.

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.


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.


Here is the 2019–20 schedule. Dates are subject to change.

  • November 14, 2019: Kickoff session, McKenna Hall 111, 11:30 a.m.
  • January 15 – March 4, 2020: Weekly resource nights to help you develop and write your social venture business plan. These sessions may be attended on an à la carte basis or for credit as BUS 3682.
  • February 11, 2020: Intent to Participate forms due.
  • March 13, 2020: Final written plans and official Submission Forms due.
  • April 15, 2020: Coaching sessions for all competing teams.
  • April 22, 2020: Social Venture Plan Competition showcase

For More Information

See the competition’s FAQs, official rules, or the 2020 competition specifics. You can also contact the Center for Applied Learning at

Recap of Recent SVPC Showcase Winners

The results are in and the winners are . . . 

202020192018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014.


this year's sponsors:

Social Venture sponsors
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Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International

AACSB International represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.

“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.