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Semi-finals pitches and judging

Thursday, June 6th

Press coverage of the 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

ManpowerGroupManpowerGroup Headquarters
11:30 am – Networking and opening remarks
12pm - 2 pm – Group Sessions / Working Lunch
Group 1: 12 teams/individuals invited to participate in the start-up challenge
Social Innovation Design Presentation Pitches to Judges

(judges biographies)

Group 2: Select Educators and Employers
Make A Living & Have a Life! The Value of Social Innovation Design & Problem Solving for Educators & Employers (co-hosted by the Dell Social Innovation Challenge and the Midwest Consortium for Social Innovation)

2:30 pm – Judges’ Selections Announced: 5 semi-finalists

3-4:30 pm – Optional: Nail It! Presentation Tweak Workshop for Evening Program and success stories from local social entrepreneurs (all invited)

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The Wherehouse
Open to the public

7 pm – 5 Semi-finalist teams pitch
Join for an evening of drinks, appetizers, and entertainment!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SEMI-FINALISTS!!!!: 5 teams were chosen to share $15,000 in cash, present their start-up idea at the evening reception, participate in summer workshops and mentoring, receive complimentary tickets to the Flying Car Gala, and advance to the Brady Midwest Regional Championship in August.


The Semi-Finalists:

  • Countries without Cavities – Ryan Twaddle – Marquette University
  • Culture – Jared Clemens and Yan Wang - University of Chicago
    • Click here to see part of Jared and Yan's presentation
  • Drop Top – Mike Mcfadden – Lake Villa School District #41
  • Interactive Mobile Activity Station – Paul German – AV Milwaukee
  • Project SAM – Victor Hung, Daniel Yu, Dhoorti Vyas, and Hope Bretscher -University of Chicago
    • Click here to see part of Daniel and Victor's presentation

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

Pedro Arrupe, S.J.


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