Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

Social entrepreneurs make changes that grow communities. Social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading communities to take new chances; they seize opportunities others miss in order to improve systems, develop and disseminate new approaches and advance sustainable solutions that create social value. The Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge is a collaborative effort for community, agencies and students to connect to make a difference in Kansas City communities and beyond.


Exemplifying the Bloch School Vision

The Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge exemplifies the Bloch School vision by: giving students and community persons an experiential learning opportunity to put theory into practice; teaching how be more like our benefactor Henry W. Bloch through understanding of the importance of giving back; and developing entrepreneurial and innovative thinkers in the nonprofit and public sector.

Connecting to Kansas City

In 2011, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce unveiled the city's Big 5 Ideas, five initiatives designed to elevate the Kansas City region onto the world stage and make the area one of America's best places to work, live, start a business, and grow a business. These community-based projects take advantage of the area's world-class organizations and the spirit of our citizens to inspire innovation in our region. The Levitt Challenge supports several of these initiatives, including the Urban Core Neighborhood initiative and Making Kansas City America's Most Entrepreneurial City.

2018 - 2019 Timeline

November 10


Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship and the Levitt Challenge
8:30am - 12:30pm

December 1

Workshop #1

"Identifying and Exploring Opportunities"
8:30am - 12:30pm

January 12

Workshop #1.5

Checking in: How is that plan coming along?
8:30am - 12:30pm

February 9

Workshop #2

"Developing and Organizing a Viable Business Model"
8:30am - 12:30pm

March 9

Workshop #3

"Funding and Financing your Social Venture"
8:30am - 12:30pm

March 30

Workshop #4

"Preparing Dynamic Business Plans"
8:30am - 12:30pm

April 11

Drafts Due

Draft or business or feasibility plan due

April 22

Drafts Returned

Feedback reported back on each plan

May 3

Final Due

Final version of the business or feasibility plan due

May 4

Plans sent to Reviewers


May 4

Workshop #5

"Creating Presentations with Impact and Sizzle"
8:30am - 12:30pm

May 20

Levitt Changemaker Event


Henry W. Bloch School of Management
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

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