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Pace University Announces Entrepreneurial Finalists in New Business and Social Venture Categories for Sixth Annual Pitch Contest

[Sixth Annual Pace Pitch Contest]

Presented by:
Entrepreneurship@Lubin

in association with:
The Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship
[MIT]

Keynote Speaker
Professor Iqbal Quadir, Founder of GrameenPhone and Director of the
Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT

Sponsored by:
[techspace]

RSVP for the Cheering Section (Audience Members)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
5:00 p.m.- 7:45 p.m.
Pace University
Schimmel Center, 1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038
The Pace Pitch Contest is based on the Elevator Pitch concept, popular in the venture capital community. It is an extremely concise presentation of an entrepreneur’s idea, business model, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, and financial plan, which is delivered to potential investors. The premise is that it could be made in a few minutes, should the entrepreneur spot a potential investor on an elevator and have the opportunity to pitch their idea during the brief ride.

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Online Giving

Charities are tracking their users in social networks, virtual realms and other corners of the online universe to raise money by mixing the efficiency of life online with opportunities to promote brands and have a bit of fun. No one is certain how online giving will evolve, but some campaigns are reporting sizable fund-raising and a deeper and continuing connection with donors.

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MIT Legatum Center Accepting Applications for 2010-2011 Fellowship

The Legatum Center is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 Fellowship, with a deadline of February 10, 2010.  Led by Professor Iqbal Quadir, the Center administers a competitive fellowship program for incoming and current MIT graduate students, across all academic and professional disciplines, who demonstrate the potential to create innovative, sustainable, for-profit enterprises that promote prosperity in low-income countries.  The Fellowship provides financial assistance, business plan coaching, specialized seminars, and opportunities to engage with some of the world’s leading thinkers and change-agents.  Recognizing that even the best innovations can be rendered useless if not distributed effectively, the Center works closely with Fellows to design not just innovative products and services, but also workable, affordable, and sustainable business distribution methods.

Applicants will need to submit an online application and two letters of recommendation.  Prospective applicants can find more information, video, profiles of current and past Fellows, and the online application at http://legatum.mit.edu/fellowship.  Please direct any questions to legatum@mit.edu.

Feed the Needy From the Comfort of Your Phone (via grubstreet)

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A couple of nonprofits are using technology to make foodie philanthropy easier this holiday season. First, for every $50 you donate via Fresh Direct’s website, Robin Hood will deliver a turkey and fixings to a food organization such as the Food Bank For New York City (Robin Hood is the bank’s largest supplier). Second, City Harvest has released its annual Great Food, Good Hearts guide of restaurants that support the organization. This year, you can search the 160 venues via your cell phone, by texting “city harvest” and any address to 69866 (you’ll then get a text back listing the closest restaurants). If you prefer the old-fashioned way (or the old new-fashioned way or whatever), you can view a PDF of the guide here.

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