To encourage students to pursue action on social enterprise, APTE has launched a student business competition. This competition will consist of a five minute pitch and a ten minute Q&A session with judges to be announced later. The business competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The Application Deadline is March 15th, 2017 and all applicants must be available for the Summit on April 8th, 2017. Only one member need apply for team submissions. Competitors need only submit a one page business plan and a slide deck with the following slides:

  • Problem
  • Solution
  • Action steps

The competition will have finalists pitch during the day of the APTE Summit with the winner winning up to a possible $1,000. In addition, the winner has a guaranteed spot in SeaChange (Click here to learn more). Our 3 judges will be accepting students into social enterprise accelerators and offering mentorship after the event as well. Students, put your ideas in front of 1,000 attendees and apply today!

Additional Rules:

  • Must have one college student on the team
  • Company cannot be generating revenue for over a year
  • Ideas that have not been incorporated are accepted

Questions? Send an email to

Stay tuned for 2017 Business Competition Judges!

2016 Business Competition Judges

John Rush - President/CEO, CleanTurn & She Has a Name Cleaning Services

John is a social entrepreneur with a distinct focus on leveraging business as means for creating training and employment opportunities for individuals with significant obstacles to employment, including prior incarceration. After serving as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, John focused his career on empowering those impacted by poverty and incarceration. He has been awarded Columbus' BusinessFirst's Forty Under 40 Award highlighting his work as a social entrepreneur in Central Ohio. 

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Bill Leamon - Managing Director, Business of Good Foundation

Bill is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Enterprise Development Center at Notre Dame College in Cleveland, OH. Bill's foundation, the Business of Good Foundation, provides social impact investments to those working in education, employment, and entrepreneurship. Recently, Bill has founded SEAChange - an accelerator providing coaching, capital, and connections to social enterprises.

Patrick Westerlund - Education and Impact Investment Consultant, Tony R. Wells Foundation

Patrick leads the foundation's Social Impact Investing executive education program for nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs, which launched in December 2013. Patrick also works on the investment team, providing advisory services related to social enterprise development and conducting due diligence on investment opportunity. An Ohio State alumni, Patrick holds a degree in finance and was a past director of the APTE Summit planning team.

Sean McGee - Managing Principal, Cause Impact

Sean is Managing Principal at CauseImpact. An experienced strategist, manager and entrepreneur, McGee has 20 years of leadership experience in conceptualizing, developing and managing new enterprises. In 2008, he coached the team that won the inaugural Social Enterprise Award from the OSU Fisher College of Business. He is a regular speaker and presenter in multiple markets around the Eastern U.S., on a variety of topics related to Impact Investing and Social Enterprise.


Kristy Campbell - CMO, Rev1 Ventures

Kristy leads Rev1’s portfolio marketing efforts, helping companies generate awareness, first customers and a repeatable sales pipeline. She previously held exec-level positions with – the largest online small business directory – and Saama Technologies, a leading Business Intelligence services firm. Kristy holds a BS in Journalism from Ohio University and an MBA from Ashland University. She is a frequent contributor on small business topics for Huffington Post, Amex Open, and Yahoo Small Business.