Meet the 6th Annual Social Venture Challenge Finalists

With a wide range of motivations and plans, the five student teams will pitch their startup ventures to a panel of expert judges on Thursday evening for the 6th annual Social Venture Challenge Final Showcase.

Alana Mann ’19: Trading in the End Times for a New Beginning

At age 16, Alana Farley went up to the airport counter in Kauai, Hawaii, and bought a plane ticket to California. She had a rolling backpack filled with her belongings and was hoping to leave the island before the missing child report caught up with her.

First-Year Wins 2018 Social Venture Challenge with Music Making

Caleb Britton ’21 not only won an auspicious sum of $5,000, but is also the only first-year student to take first place in the five-year history of SVC—an annual, campus-wide competition for student teams looking to jump-start their nonprofit or business ventures.

Gordon Team Boosts Fair Trade Business Expansion in India

Gordon students and alumna collaborate to expand operations for Anugra, a fair trade textile enterprise that helps women in India escape poverty.

When Microloans Make Maximum Impact

miray community development

When Peter Vance ’17 spent four months with friends in Madagascar, he was struck by the fact that most local people scraped by through subsistence farming. In response he started Miray Community Development, a microloan organization for small business owners.