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August 15, 2013 Brady Corporation Midwest Regional Championship

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!! Rewarded $25,000 to fund their impact ideas to change the world.


Highlights from Aug. 15th presentations, judging, and awards.

Press Release capturing the event from the Journal Sentinel Online.

Click here for photos of the Aug. 15th event.

1st place: Jail Education Solutions is developing video production and a lead generation system for those in jail to give them the best opportunity to make a successful transition back to the community and therefore reduce recidivism. It was formed by Brian Hill, a law and MBA student at Northwestern University. First place and audience "boost" winner received $15,000 total.

2nd place: Project SAM is developing an inventory tracking system for rural health clinics based on text messaging. It was started by Victor Kung, Daniel Yu, and Team, graduate students at the University of Chicago, and received $7,000.

3rd place: Million Dollar Scholar is an online platform that offers services to help high school and college students succeed in the scholarship application process. It was founded by Derrius Quarles, a Morehouse College graduate. The company received $3,000.

Pitch Structure:

  • 15 minutes total in front of the judges
    • Session 1: 10 minutes pitch per each team
    • Judges convene
    • Session 2: 5 minute Q & A session per team
  • Open judging: Audience members texted in their vote for their favorite presenter

Meet the Judges

Our judges evaluated projects using five primary criteria:

  • Clarity of the innovation andsignificance of social impact.
  • Demonstration of a high probability of success.
  • Potential impact from winning – plan for implementation and growth.
  • Economic feasibility of the project and credibility of the financial aspects.
  • Ability to attack root causes of social problem identified.

We look forward to seeing more innovative ideas next year!




“Ultimately, we must understand the
need to be agents of change.”       

Pedro Arrupe, S.J.


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