Student Global Ambassador Program TM

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Social Entrepreneurship Idea Challenge & Competition

The Idea Challenge is a collaborative effort among Fairleigh Dickinson University's Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship and Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, and the Student Global Ambassador Program. Funded by Constellation Energy and by TD  Bank Charitable Foundation

Social entrepreneurs create companies that do good for society as well as make money!

High school students will learn to:

1) Create solutions to problems affecting their communities and their daily lives.

2) Effectively communicate their ideas.

3) Be inspired to act as change agents within their communities.


Students work in small mixed-school groups, facilitated by Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) students and faculty, to develop their own idea for a start-up social enterprise and present it to a panel of experienced social entrepreneurs. Prior to the Challenge, students will download a short reading on social entrepreneurship and a template of key elements to address in developing their idea. 


During the morning session, a panel of seasoned social entrepreneurs will expose students to actual sustainability challenges and demonstrate how they addressed the key elements of starting up their own enterprises. 


Students may choose to continue working on their idea during the school year, then submit it to FDU’s  New Jersey Business Idea Competition for high school students in the Social Venture category. The Idea Competition is an exciting process. First place winner(s) has(ve) a chance to receive a $40,000 scholarship to Fairleigh Dickinson University.