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EmpowerHER, a partnership between Ford Motor Company Fund and Michigan Women’s Foundation, will offer a continuum of programs and services to women (and a few good men) wishing to start or grow Social Venture Enterprises.


A social venture enterprise:

fundamentally exists to solve a real community problem
must focus on a product or service people will pay for
must follow “No Margin, No Mission,” that is, while some profits may be sacrificed to serve the mission, the business must ultimately be sustainable


Competition Details

Concept Paper submission opens on Thursday, September 7 and closes on Friday, October 6, 2017. To determine which category may be right for you, please click on each highlighted category and review the questions;

Ideation: This 1-2 page paper will focus on the creative process of generating, developing and communicating your new ideas. The Ideation phase comprises all stages of a thought cycle from innovation to development to actualization.

Launch: This 2-page paper will focus on bringing the original idea to fruition. There are six very important areas in this stage of bringing your business to market.

Growth: This 2-page concept paper will require that you provide insight into your current business and your strategy to take it to the next level both from a profit and a community impact perspective.

Complete the Application


September 7, 2017 – Concept paper and application submission open
September 13, 2017 – Workshop #3: Digital Marketing & Social Entrepreneurship Overview
October 6, 2017 – Concept papers and application deadline
Mid-October 2017 – Semi-finalists notified
End of October – Semi-finalists Interviews
November 2017 – Finalists Announced
November 2017-February 2018 – Finalists work one-on-one with coaches to perfect their pitch and complete a business plan
Mid-January 2018 – Business plan deadline
February 2018 – EmpowerHER Competition


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