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Tuesday, July 10, a panel of judges assembled at our regional hub in Newark to judge the Start Something Challenge: EarthRISE 50. This panel of judges reviewed the applications of all 50 entrepreneurs to assess their businesses, community impact, and future goals. Their scores, combined with the public voting helped us find our 15 finalists.
The competition started with 118 applicants–our largest number to date–representing 35 cities and 12 counties in New York and New Jersey. From this initial pool, 50 entrepreneurs were selected to be our EarthRISE 50, entrepreneurs who are building strong businesses in sectors that we have identified as critical for creating thriving, local living economies: Health, Sustainability, Food, Community, and Expression.
For the past six years, the grand prize of The Start Something Challenge has been $10,000, and 2018 will be no exception! Thanks to the generosity of our Strategic Advisory Board who have raised an additional $5,000, one lucky entrepreneur will win a small business grant totaling$10,000. Initially, we planned to have a $5,000 prize
More than 2000 of you have graduated from this program, and over 1000 of you are operating businesses. We have watched you plan for, start, and grow your businesses. We have watched as you’ve collaborated with other businesses, found ways to invest in the education and health of your communities, and we have seen you grow into local entrepreneurial leaders. We know the value that you as entrepreneurial leaders are adding to your communities, and we believe that you are the future of this country.