Social Enterprise Contest

As part of Park Community Church's call to renew the city, they are partnering with Renew Chicago to seek individuals with innovative ideas for transformative work in Chicago. The purpose of this Social Enterprise Contest is to support ideas and early stage ventures that address a problem in a local community, strengthen community, and advance the Gospel.
Up to $5,000 will be given to a few social entrepreneurs that have an idea in place, or already working in the early stages of launching their business or non-profit. Reward recipients will also receive high visibility at Park Community Church and other business-related support.​
Last year, Renew Chicago supported Brave Initiatives, a social enterprise purposed with empowering high school girls "to be agents of change through design, coding, and leadership training."

Summer & Fall 2017

Proposal Submission Details

Stage 1

  • All proposals should be submitted in a video format. 

  • The videos must be 2 minutes or less; proposals will be automatically disqualified if it is over 2 minutes.

  • Questions to address in your video:

    • What is the name of your project/business?

    • Describe your idea (project must target specific location, audience, or context; reflect on your capacity to execute)

    • Why is your idea important to the community?

    • Why is your idea relevant?

    • When/where will your idea take place?

    • Who will be a part of executing the idea?

    • Who will be served by your project?

    • What makes your project unique?

    • How will you define success?

  • The videos must be uploaded via Youtube with the link emailed to by 5pm on Friday, August 18th.

  • Review committee organized by Renew Chicago will determine finalists from the video submissions.

Stage 2


  • Finalists will notified by August 31st and be asked to meet with the Renew committee after Labor Day to discuss business details further. Contestants should bring their resume and pitch deck.

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope -- Robert Kennedy 

Jimmy Lee and Mike Rolfes give proposal and contest details