Marquette University and WARF are accepting applications for the third annual Force for Positive Change award, a “social entrepreneurship” program that rewards businesses for solving complex social or environmental challenges in the state.

Eligible companies can be nonprofit or for-profit, but must have a revenue-driving product or service and must have staff based in the state.

“This particular program has encouraged more organizations to talk about social innovation in Wisconsin and identify as social entrepreneurs than ever before — and that’s a great shift to see,” said Kelsey Otero, associate director of social innovation at Marquette.

Applications are being accepted through mid-September. Starting in October, some applicants will be invited to the second phase of competition, where they will be reviewed by judges including investors and experts from the public and private spheres.

Six $10,000 awards will be given to this year’s winners. Those awardees will be announced Nov. 15 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

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