Creative Inquiry

MAD Entrepreneurs

Making A Difference Video Challenge

Rules: Simply produce a 3-­‐minute video presentation of how you as a MAD Entrepreneur are “Making A Difference” in your community. The project can be involved with helping the homeless or the less fortunate, teaching young people, sustainability, or your choice of thousands of alternative ways to improve our communities.

Entry Deadline: April 23, 2011

Applicants: Must be a South Carolina resident or attending a S.C. School of Higher Education. Please submit your application to Please include the name and contact details of your team members.

Teams: Please restrict your team applications to a maximum of 4 members.

Judges: A team of entrepreneurial leaders will select 10 finalists to present their entrepreneurship videos at Clemson at the Falls in Greenville on May 6, 2010.

Winner(s): First place prize of $1,000 For more information, please contact Pris Foster (864-370-‐3038) at

Sponsored by: MAD Entrepreneurs Making A Difference Video Challenge

Purpose: The Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership recognizes the need to provide experiences beyond the classroom for young entrepreneurs. MAD Entrepreneurial Challenge is designed to assist entrepreneurs: those that are motivated by a desire to help, improve and transform social, environmental, educational and economic conditions. The completion requires that a team produce a three-­‐minute video showing the difference that they have made in the community.

Competitor qualifications: The competition is open to all full and part-­‐time undergraduate and graduate students as well as any residents of South Carolina that wish to participate. Applicants may be solo individuals or teams of up to four members.

Judging Criteria and Evaluation Process: Judges for MAD come from a community of entrepreneurs and business leaders. Judging will be based upon the selection of those entities that are most innovative and that make a difference. Each judge will submit a grading sheet and the scoring will be compiled by the MAD executive director.

Prizes: The winning prize will be $1,000.


  • April 23, 2011: Final Date for submission of entry including 3-­minute video
  • April 30, 2011: Top 10 entries selected
  • May 6, 2011: Final judging

Final Presentation Guidelines: Each entrepreneurial team has 1 minute to introduce themselves and exactly 3 minutes to make their video presentation. There may be a short question period from our panel of judges. The format for the video presentation is totally open, but the applicant must show how they are making a difference in the community.

Confidentiality and Intellectual Property Guidelines

  • All public sessions of the competition, including but not limited to oral presentations and question/answer sessions, may be broadcast to interested persons through media which may include radio, television and the Internet. Any data or information discussed or divulged in public sessions by entrants should be considered information that will likely enter the public realm, and entrants should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information discussed, divulged or presented in these sessions.
  • Clemson University and The Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership may make photocopies, photographs, videotapes and/or audiotapes of the presentations including the executive overview and other documents, charts or material. Applicants retain all proprietary rights. The University may use the materials in any book or other printed materials and any videotape or other medium that it may produce to promote future Launch Pad events or to promote The Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership. The University has non-­‐exclusive world rights in all languages, and in all media, to use or to publish the materials in any book, other printed materials, videotapes or other medium, and to use the materials in future editions thereof and derivative products.
  • This program is not a vehicle for raising funds for Clemson University and is void where prohibited.