Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition

Presented by the Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL)
Friday, March 8, 2019
Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
$13,000 in prize money available

Event Overview

The Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition debuted in Spring 2018 creating a new avenue for business students and their teams to apply innovative problem-solving to issues of exclusion and marginalization.¬†The Berkeley Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership is uniquely positioned to promote the dual values of inclusion and innovation. As a business school long centered on innovation in all areas of business and society, Haas has a strong reputation for questioning the status quo, and this competition builds on the school’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.

Competition Details

Focus Areas

Ventures can innovate to create opportunity for all based on one (or intersections) of the following:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender and Gender Identity
  • Intellectual, Mental, or Physical Disability
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Age
  • Former Incarceration
  • SES (Socio-Economic Status)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Early stage ventures, less than 2 years old.
  • Ventures must not have received more than $250,000 in funding from venture capital, private investors, grants (government or foundation), loans, or other funding sources (excluding in-kind) as of December 31, 2018.
  • Must aim to be self-sufficient on revenue in the long-term (whether non-profit, for-profit, or hybrid). Submission/ presentation will include social impact assessment along with financial impact analysis.
  • At least 1 member of the team must be a current MBA (Full-time, Part-time, or Executive) student, and that member must be present at competition and show clear proof of involvement. Other team members may be fellow students, community members, business partners, or otherwise.

Application Process

Teams are required to submit an executive summary. Finalists will be announced after a review process to ensure eligibility and rank based on quality. Finalists will be invited to present to a team of judges at UC Berkeley on March 8, 2019.

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