Pitch Competition

Fighting Hunger — With a Lunchbox
The Social Impact 360 Pitch Competition Award is designed to provide the next generation of young social entrepreneurs with a catalyst to turn their dreams into reality and create real, sustainable social impact by creating solutions to our nation’s greatest problems.

Natalie Dowd won with her new social enterprise, Boxer, a lunchbox that fights hunger in urban communities. She received $1,500 to help get her venture off the ground, a three-month unlimited membership at Impact Hub DC for workspace, and a social enterprise coaching session with experienced entrepreneurs Thomas Raffa and Rich Tafel.

Words of Wisdom

The Role of Social Impact in Today’s Civic Landscape

Young social entrepreneurs focused on how to develop creative partnerships to create solutions to today’s social issues while also developing diverse and sustainable revenue streams.

Students heard from social impact leaders, including:

  • Kenneth Cole, Founder of Kenneth Cole Productions
  • Rich Tafel, Founder of Log Cabin Republicans and Public Squared
  • Thomas Raffa, Founder of Raffa Financial Services
  • Lisa Neuberger Fernandez, Managing Director, Strategy + Innovation, Corporate Citizenship at Accenture
  • Fiona Macaulay, Equal Means LLC, Social Innovator & Strategic Advisor on Youth Economic Opportunities and Women’s Entrepreneurship
  • Michael Dumlao, Director of Brand and M&C Chair, GLOBE Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Graham McLaughlin, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at The Advisory Board Company
  • Aaron Almada, Principal Associate, Community Relations, Capital One
  • Allison Solomon, GWA Regional Manager of Corporate Citizenship, Deloitte
  • Skip Thompson, Board of Directors of CHAMPS
  • Sander Mueller, Chief Strategy Officer, Anybill
  • Stacy Carroll, Director of Partnerships, Hungry Harvest
  • Ethan Spaner, Policy Adviser, Climate Change Reality Project
  • James Li, Co-Founder, Encore, SI360 alum and Exec Alerts Products Manager at Meltwater
  • Stephen Jumper, Co-Founder, Ghost Note Agency
  • Cullen Gilchrist, Co-Founder and CEO of Union Kitchen
  • Monisha Kapila, Founder and CEO, ProInspire
  • Polina Pinchevsky, Partner and Creative Director, Roundpeg
  • Bill Barbot, Co-Founder and President of Threespot
  • Sophia Maroon, CEO at SoFine Food
  • George Chmael II, President and CSO of Council Fire
  • Amanda Cole, Social Impact Strategist
  • Neil Shah, Co-Founder of Aspire and Co-Founder of Social Impact 360, formerly Compass Partners
  • William Huster, Co-Founder of Aspire and Co-Founder of Social Impact 360, formerly Compass Partners
  • Adrian Rodriguez, CTO of YellowFinch, Inc., Founder of QRist, and SI360 Alum
  • Harry Shulman, CEO of Jenda and SI360 alum
  • Justin Weinstein, Consultant at 84.51, SI360 alum, and SI360 National Council Chair
  • Travis Smith, Business Associate, Visa and co-founder of Howard University Chapter of Social Impact 360
  • Ross Garlick, Analyst at JP Morgan and SI360 Alum