Changemaker Challenge

The Changemaker Challenge is a student pitch competition organized by the Center for Social Impact and Students for Social Innovation (SSI). Any student may generate ideas for innovative ventures or projects that respond to a social, economic, environmental or justice issue of their choice. Students then compete for grant funding (Heston Grant), seed funding (Hartner Fund), or Big Idea Grants to launch or expand their ventures or projects. Award money and mentoring is available to support the implementation. Social ventures or projects may be for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid models with a domestic or international focus. A panel of distinguished campus and community members will serve as judges for the event. 

Competition Details

Any degree seeking student may submit a proposal with details about their idea, why they think it would work, and a proposed budget beginning Friday, October 12th here:


Proposals will be reviewed and an initial pitch round will be held on Tuesday, October 30th, 12-2pm and Thursday, November 1st 4-5pm in the Center for Social Impact (40 E. Jefferson St.) conference room.

Finalists will be chosen and will pitch in front of judges on Monday, November 13th, 6:00- 8:00pm in Meiley-Swallow Theatre.

Winners may receive one of the following:

  • Individual mentoring to further their idea for future funding

  • Idea Grant award of up to $250 sponsored by LEV

  • Mironda K. Heston Grant award of up to $2500

  • Social Entrepreneurship Fund award of up to $2500 + mentoring to launch a social venture.


For more information, contact Whitney Roberts, Director of Civic Engagement and Social Innovation at