The University of Texas at Austin (USA) and Dell invite aspiring social entrepreneurs to enter the 2009 Dell Social Innovation Competition. The competition is open to all university students in Russia and throughout the world. The student who best combines creativity and innovation to tackle a pressing social issue wins $50,000(US) in seed funding to launch their idea into the world.

There is still plenty of time to enter before the 12:00 P.M. CST (18:00 UTC) deadline on March 2, 2009. Enter online at All ideas must be submitted in English.

I hope you will share this opportunity with your students. If there are other faculty members or additional universities in Russia you think would be interested in this competition, please don't hesitate to forward this on to them.

How the competition works

From a large group of entries, we narrow down the competitors in three elimination rounds:

  1. Executive Summary: Students submit their innovation online giving a brief overview of their idea (Deadline: March 2, 2009)

2. Social Venture Plan & Video: A select group of semifinalists are invited to create a written plan detailing the social venture and 3-minute video pitch

3. Final Presentation: Three finalist teams are flown to Austin, Texas to compete live for the $50,000(US) grand prize

New this year — Community Voting!

Along with students, we invite everyone to comment and vote on the student ideas submitted into the competition. Simply join the community with a username and e-mail address to get involved. You will have until March 5, 2009 to vote on ideas and comment on the projects you like the most.

2 Ways to Win: The semifinalists are selected by combining the top 25 ideas voted most popular by the public and up to 75 additional ideas chosen by the judges.

Enter today at

For complete 2009 Dell Social Innovation Competition details including rules, deadlines, prizes, and eligibility, visit

Sarah Krueger
Marketing Specialist
RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service
LBJ School of Public Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin

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