Congrats to our $10,000 winners: Maggie Hempel, Mackenzie Kutzuba and Victoria Swider!
Read about our three finalists here
We know our students are full of great ideas and itching to get out there and put them into action, and the EntrepreNU competition is designed to give them that chance. EntrepreNU is a new program being run by faculty and staff from all colleges, the Levesque Institute, and ReNU Niagara that engages students in the challenges of social entrepreneurship while ultimately aiming to help our local community.
Students will compete to create a business or self-sustaining non-profit that addresses a local social problem – with the winning team receiving up to $10,000 in start-up funding in addition to support with logistics and additional fundraising from a number of people on campus and in the community.
This year, the focus is on food, nutrition, and hunger in Northern Niagara Falls and we are searching for new, innovative ideas that are also feasible and realistic. Access to, and the cost of, food (especially fresh fruits and vegetables) poses a large challenge to Niagara Falls residents who, like most Americans, often lack the time, energy, tools, and/or the knowledge to regularly prepare healthy meals. The poverty and context of their neighborhoods exacerbate these difficulties.
Students will examine these challenges and design an initiative to address one or more of these problems. The fall is dedicated to generating and refining ideas, while finalists will work with mentors in the spring to convert these ideas into formal business plans.
- Sept. 26: EntrpreNU Launch (video)
- Oct. 3: The Impacts of Poverty – Dr. Corey Bower (video)
- Oct. 9: Hunger and Food Policy – Lisa Tucker (video)
- Oct. 22: Community Meeting at Heart, Love, and Soul
- Oct. 29: Creative Problem Solving: How to Make your Big Idea Bigger - Jim Wardlaw, Stitch Brand and Culture
- Nov. 5: Creating a Business Plan - Dr. Anna McNab
- Nov. 8: Community Meeting at Beloved Community Center
News and Resources on Poverty
- Child Trends
- Institute for Research on Poverty
- NYT Fixes Blog
- Oishei Foundation Community Report on Niagara Falls
- Policies to Address Poverty in America
- Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty
- Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
- Stanford Center on Inequality and Poverty
- Stress and ACE scores
- The Urban Institute
EntrepreNU in the News
- Niagara Gazette: 'Shark Tank' styled event nets $10,000 for NU students' community kitchen
- Buffalo News: The Community Kitchen takes top prize of $10,000 in Niagara University Competition
- NU: The Community Kitchen Wins NU's $10,000 Entrepreneurship Competition
- Buffalo News: $10,000 entrepreneur competition at Niagara University aims to fight hunger, poverty
- Niagara Gazette: NU competition finds many willing to fight hunger
- NU: EntrepreNU competition exceeds 100 participants and 30 teams
- Niagara Gazette: NU students challenged to answer poverty puzzle
- Buffalo News: Niagara University competition to fight hunger in Falls
- University Herald: Niagara University to Launch Poverty-Focused Social Entrepreneurship Program
- Buffalo Business First - Niagara U. students to tackle N.F. poverty
- Niagara Frontier Publications - Niagara University launching poverty-focused social entrepreneurship program
- Official EntrpreNU Launch Press Release