Marquette University and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) have opened applications for the second annual Force for Positive Change award, a statewide competition that focuses on social entrepreneurship. If you or your organization are solving social or environmental challenges in a way that is sustainable, just and generates impact in Wisconsin, this is for you!

Applications will be accepted online now through Jan. 19, 2018. After Feb. 1, select applicants will be invited to advance to a second phase of the competition, and a panel of expert judges from the public, private and academic sectors, as well as investors and granting organizations, will review each of the final applications.

At least six awards of $12,500 will be distributed to incorporated enterprises and two awards of $1,000 will be distributed to student organizations/entrepreneurs during this year’s competition.

Applicants can submit their social enterprise for the following categories:

  • Education and youth programming
  • Workforce and urban development
  • Finance/lending, housing
  • Food, agriculture, environment
  • Energy, clean tech, water
  • Art, manufacturing

The program will culminate with a daylong event on March 22nd hosted at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Award winners will be announced at the event.

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The Force for Positive Change Award Competition is sponsored by Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and Marquette University. Entries will be accepted from November 1, 2017, through January 19, 2018. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges selected by the sponsors. The odds of winning depend on the number and quality of entries received. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited. For full official rules visit