Social LaunchPad Guidelines
Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Creative Inquiry
recognize the need to provide experiences beyond the classroom for budding
entrepreneurs, inventors, and developers. Social LaunchPad is designed to
recognize individuals and/or teams for their outstanding social or
environmental contribution to our society. The competition requires that a team
prepare a 3-minute, three-slide presentation as outlined below.
must be full-time students of Clemson University. Applicants can be solo individuals
or teams of up to four members. To be eligible the team leader must supply an email
address with @clemson.edu. Presentations should be sent to email@example.com
to be entered in the competition.
of Social Entrepreneurship
competition is a venue for sharing an act of volunteer work that the applicant
has completed. The work may specifically be classified as socially or
environmentally conscious. The following are examples of possible presentation
- Involvement in Campus Cleanup (ie: developing a program to reduce trash on Clemson’s campus)
- Volunteering for a non-profit group (such as God’s
Helping Hands or the Greenville Humane Society)
- Assisting the homeless in downtown Greenville (ie: designing or improving a system
to hand out blankets/soup/etc.)
Guidelines for Finalists
team has exactly 3 minutes to make its presentation. The format should include
the following three slide headlines. Contestants may include more slides at
their discretion, but must stay within the three-minute time limit. Each slide
should answer some of the following questions.
1: The Problem
problem slide should include:
- Your name and how you became involved with the issue
- What is the problem?
- Why does it require attention?
2: The Solution
solution slide should include:
- How should this problem be solved?
- What is required to solve the issue?
3: Your Impact
impact slide should include:
- How did you create an impact on your
community, or those affected by the problem?
- Will you be continuing to work on this issue?
How did your volunteer work affect you?
Criteria and Evaluation Process
will be three judges. Judging will be based upon the selection of those
entities that have created a positive impact, either socially or
environmentally, through a volunteer basis. Each judge will submit a grading
sheet, and awards will be presented to the top two presentations.
in prizes! Cash awards will be given to the top two presentations as determined
by our panel of judges. Both winners receive $2,500.
- March 1, 2013 — Final date for submission of entries
including three-slide PowerPoint and one-page executive summary.
- Mid-March 2013 — Final cut to top 10 entries. These
entries will be provided with constructive input for preparation of final
Early April 2013 — Final judging.
and Intellectual Property Guidelines
- Participants in Social LaunchPad will retain ownership
rights of all submitted materials before, during and after the competition
except as stated below. Clemson University, the Arthur M. Spiro Institute
for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Creative Inquiry will respect the
ownership rights of all participants but will not sign nondisclosure
agreements because of the open character of this competition.
- Please refrain from using sensitive information you
wish to keep secret in your presentations and summaries as presentations
will be open to the public and materials may be used for promotional and
- Clemson University, the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for
Entrepreneurial Leadership and Creative Inquiry may make photocopies,
photographs, videotapes and/or audiotapes of the presentations including
the PowerPoint slides and executive summary. They retain the right to use
any and all materials and information submitted during the course of the
competition for promotional and educational purposes throughout the world
in all languages and media forms. The applicants retain all proprietary
rights to their business concepts and designs.
program is not a vehicle for raising funds and is void where prohibited.