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Social Entrepreneurship

The Art of Social Entrepreneurship




IMPACT is partnering with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Alumni Association to empower entrepreneurs who harness the power of innovation towards positive change in our communities.

At the 44th Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference, innovators, advocates, and entrepreneurs will meet to discuss the pursuit of innovative solutions to social problems, and hear the latest ideas from the mouths of their creators.


Have an idea?


We have gathered a group of leaders in the field of social innovation and social enterprise to engage and serve as coaches and judges. Submit your idea below for the chance to pitch it at “The Art of Social entrepreneurship.”

Submit your idea below by September 17, 2014 to be considered. After submission, the public will vote on the ideas with the most popular ideas in each category earning the opportunity to pitch at the event.

Questions? Refer to the event FAQs below.




September 8, 2014

Idea Submission Open 

September 19, 2014

Idea Submission Closes – 12:00PM EST

September 19, 2014

Public Voting on Ideas Open – 6:00PM EST

September 22, 2014

Public Voting Closes – 12:00PM EST

September 22, 2014

Event Participants Announced – 6:00PM EST

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Michael D. Smith
Director, Social Innovation Fund
Corporation for National and Community Service

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Veneka Chagwedera
Co-founder and CEO

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Kat Calvin
Michelle In Training and DC Young Entrepreneurs

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Olivier Kamanda
Founder and CEO
Ideal Impact

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Rahama Wright 
Founder, President and CEO
Shea Yeleen

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Wayne Sutton
Co-founder and General Partner

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Darius Graham 
Social Innovation Lab at Johns Hopkins University
DC Social Innovation Project

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Alexis King 
Program Assistant
Open Society Foundations

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Decker Ngongang 
Former Manager
Black Male Achievement Fellowship

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Innocent Obi, Jr. 
Research Analyst
Georgetown University Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation


Idea Submission

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Founded in 2006 by young professionals of color, IMPACT, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, understands the importance of providing young professionals with the skills, relationships and experiences necessary to be successfully professionally and philanthropically. As such, IMPACT provides a unique platform for young leaders to develop and enhance strategies to effect positive change.

IMPACT was established to foster civic engagement, to increase knowledge of the political and legislative processes, and to enhance economic empowerment opportunities for other young professionals ages 18 to 40.

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