Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition

Presented by the Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGaL)

Event Overview

The Haas EGAL is uniquely positioned to promote the dual values of inclusion and innovation together. As a business school long centered on innovation in all areas of business and society, Haas already has a strong reputation for questioning the status quo. With investments in several social impact programs, including the new Center for Equity, Gender, & Leadership, Haas is also respected among business schools for standing for inclusion and diversity.

The Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition creates a new avenue for business students and their teams to apply innovative problem-solving to issues of exclusion and marginalization. The competition will follow established guidelines from successful pitch events like Berkeley-Haas’s Global Social Venture Competition and further focus the content of early-stage social venture pitches to matters of inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

Competition Details


Where: Berkeley Haas Campus
When: April 27th, 2018

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

Eligibility Requirements

  • For social ventures:
    • Early stage organizations, as defined:
      • Submitted ventures must be less than 2 years old (with the start of the venture marked by incorporation or first income, whichever occurred first) as of December 31, 2017.
      • Submitted 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, 2017.
      • Lifetime revenue should not exceed $500,000 as of December 31, 2017.
    • Organizations with a clearly defined social impact and financial impact
      • 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
  • For teams:
    • At least 1 member of 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 members may be fellow students, community members, business partners, or otherwise

Application Process

Teams will be required to submit an executive summary as part of the first-round application. Finalists will be announced after a review process to ensure eligibility and rank based on quality, and a number of teams will be invited to the Finals.

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