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2013 Brady Corp Midwest Social Innovation Start-Up Challenge

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2013 WINNERS!! Rewarded $25,000 to fund their impact ideas to change the world.

Press Release capturing the event from the Journal Sentinel Online.


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.

Midwest Social Innovation Start-Up Challenge is an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to submit a business model that includes a social or environmental impact that makes the world a better place! The challenge is open to any ambitious team or individual who has an idea to create positive social change.


Want more on the 2013 event:

The Business Journal article

JSOnline article

Click for a slideshow of the presenters and viewers throughout the day

Click for a slideshow of The Wherehouse social event following the challenge




2013 Presented by

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In partnership with:


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

Pedro Arrupe, S.J.


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