Compete in Brandeis University’s largest social enterprise student competition for a prize of $1,000

Learn and develop entrepreneurial solutions to pressing social challenges.

Mark Your Calendar

Join us for a two and a half day social enterprise weekend of innovation at the Heller School on November 3-5,2017.

Get Real Life Skills!

• Start a social enterprise and/or test an enterprise idea
• Apply skills for social, economic and environmental causes
• Learn and work with a diverse and talented team of colleagues and friends
• Have a blast with passionate, vibrant change makers!

Event Details

Participants should be ready to commit to the weekend. We'll provide food, materials for brainstorming, and space to work.

If you don't have an idea for a business, that's okay. There will be a brainstorming activity to generate ideas during the event.

I don't know a lot about business or social enterprise and I'm totally not confident in my skills or experience. Should I still apply?

Absolutely! If you have any interest in solving global problems through collaboration and creativity, then you definitely have something to contribute to the weekend. This event is also intended as a learning opportunity to help develop teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, and presentation skills, so don't feel like you have to know everything and feel 100% confident before you get here. We'll all be learning together.

Ready to participate? Sign-up Today!

Complete a brief form online so we can learn more about you.

Registration Closes Monday, October 30th at 11:59 p.m.

Our event would not be possible without our generous sponsor

Sponsored by the Heller School for Social Policy and Management MBA program


The Heller Startup Challenge is an annual social enterprise initiative to help Brandeis students develop entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems.

Sponsored by the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and organized by a student lead group, the 2.5 day challenge gives students access to expertise in the form of mentors and experience in the process of bringing great ideas into action.


The 2017 Heller Startup Challenge is November 3-5, 2017.

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The Heller School For Social Policy and Management

415 South St, Waltham
MA 02453