The Social Venture Boot Camp is an opportunity for Catholic
Charities USA members to come together to face the pressing challenges
associated with sustainability head-on.
Catholic Charities USA social venture program leaders will
be paired up with business mentors, as well as upper-level undergraduate and/or
graduate students, as available, in a workshop environment to research and analyze the existing or proposed product
or service, including market research and competitor analysis; review basic
logistics, staffing, and other operational requirements; and work through a
sustainability plan that the social venture program can then use to guide
future operations, seek financing, revive a struggling concern, or help guide
It should be noted that this workshop is intended to be a dynamic
learning environment. We are not pre-scribing
the agenda, but looking to build an agenda customized to the challenges
presented in the pre-workshop problem statements.
Our definition of Social Venture
Just as a traditional entrepreneur identifies a business
opportunity, develops a business model, and galvanizes resources, so too does
the social impact entrepreneur - with a focus on creating long-term systemic
change. The social impact entrepreneur
attends to the financial sustainability of the venture as well as the
social impact. Criteria to consider as
you evaluate your social impact:
- Does your existing venture or proposed new
product/service demonstrate financial and social/environmental
sustainability (also known as the double- or triple-bottom-line)?
- Does your venture serve the community/public
good in an innovative way?
- Are all stakeholders considered and empowered by
your venture, and engaged in its delivery?
- Is your solution a short-term or short-sighted
response to a market need? Or is the
solution one that has the opportunity to create significant
social/environmental value, as well as scale?
Program Dates and Logistics
The Catholic Charities USA and University of Notre Dame's Gigot Center for
Entrepreneurship at the Mendoza College of Business' Social Venture Sustainability Boot Camp 2013 will take place
on the Notre Dame campus, commencing the evening of
Sunday, August 4th through mid-afternoon on Thursday, August 8th. A tentative agenda will be forwarded to participants in mid-June.
Program participants will be responsible for their own
travel and housing (a block of rooms is being held at Ivy Court) and the Gigot
Center for Entrepreneurship will host the participants for most meals through
the program. Most sessions will take
place in classrooms and conference rooms in the Mendoza College of Business.
Eligibility/Criteria to Participate
- Willingness to engage collaboratively in
problem-solving exercises with mentors
- Commitment to participate on the dates
- Commitment to send at least one, if not more
(2-3 max), decision-making personnel from your organization to the program
- Commitment to engage in assigned pre- and
post-program preparations, as well as during the program sessions
We are seeking applications from social ventures in various stages of development. Applications are due on Wednesday, May 15th and
we will confirm acceptance by Monday, May 27th. Preparation work will be necessary and will
be due by Monday, July 15th.