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No Limits Pitch Competition

Mar 01, 2013
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The 5th Annual Social Enterprise Symposium: “Here and Now” 
Friday, March 1, 2013, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland

Five University of Maryland students showcased their businesses in the third annual No Limits Social Impact Pitch Competition to cap off the Social Enterprise Symposium:

  • Juan Bellocq (Masters of Public Policy, 2013), Microjusticia
  • Maggie Croushore (Masters of Public Policy, 2013), KidFit
  • Cristina Huidobro (Masters of Community Planning, 2013), Destinalo.com
  • Mondiu Ladejobi (Executive MBA, 2013), Payvius
  • Christopher Lane (Majors: Psychology and Theater, UG 2015), ProCity

Competition judges were Jigar Shah, consultant, entrepreneur and author of "The Impact Economy;" Devin Schain, founder & CEO of Campus Direct, Inc.; and Lisa Hall, president and CEO of Calvert Foundation , who also delivered the afternoon keynote speech.

In a surprising turn of events, the judges decided to pitch in additional money and award two first place $3,000 prizes to KidFit and Payvius. KidFit also took home the People’s Choice Award for $500.

KidFit works with schools to improve their Active Education (traditionally physical education and recess) delivery.

Payvius is a low cost and convenient mobile money transfer service which enables secure international money transfers from a sender in the USA to any mobile phone in Sub-Saharan Africa, and provides recipients with the opportunity to build credit in developing economies.

The competition is led by the Center for Social Value Creation in partnership with the School of Public Policy’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, with support from the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship. In addition, it is billed as an official University of Maryland Fearless Ideas event.

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