Last Thursday, the 10 finalists for the 2015 YouthBridge Social Enterprise and Innovation competition presented before a panel of esteemed judges. Tomorrow night – WE CELEBRATE.
This year’s ceremony commemorates the 10th anniversary of the partnership between YouthBridge Community Foundation and Washington University. The ceremony will feature a cocktail hour and poster board session with this year’s ten finalists, plus an opportunity to catch up with previous participants, and of course, the awards announcement!
Since its inception the competition has awarded more than $1.1million in grants and in –kind services to more than 40 social ventures. It’s not too late for you and your friends to join us tomorrow night! RSVP at http://ideabounce.com/yseic15/events.html.
This year’s finalists are (click through to see their post on ideabounce.com):
- Angel Boutique Resale Shop offers an eclectic selection of goods to the selective do-gooder
- Code Red Education teaches 1st – 12th grade students computer science and computer coding in order to prep them for tech careers after graduation
- Gigoit – Donate and receive items within your neighborhood and keep useful items out of the landfill
- Magnificent Potential creates unique, high-quality screen printed t-shirts, while providing employment and personal development to local high school students
- TESLA empowers disadvantaged youth through dynamic after-clubs to expose them to various STEM principles through hands-on design challenges rooted in engineering fields that foster creativity, innovation, and critical thinking
- The MakerShare Initiative of The Disruption Department provides access to Maker and STEM technology to students in schools without the resources to do so
- The St. Louis MetroMarket, a non-profit mobile farmers’ market that will serve all St. Louis area food deserts by providing direct access to affordable produce, meat, fish, and staple goods, and by advocating for these communities on issues related to food justice, hunger, and health
- The Virtual Child Care Business Center is changing the business models of early care and education programs to save time, share costs, and increase quality
- The Willow Foundation provides affordable, environmentally sustainable death-care services to grieving families, allowing them to focus on the bereavement process – not the bottom line
- The Women’s Bakery exists to create choice through imparting irrevocable, life-lasting business skills to women living in poverty
We hope to see you there!