Washington University’s Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial studies has awarded $164,000 to four entrepreneurial ventures with a social twist.
GoodMap, a website that allows social agencies to help people find, organize and share information about community resources, won the Skandalaris Award of $25,000. The organization, led by Paul Sorenson, Matt Menietti, Liz Pund, and Natalie Clay, were the recipients of an additional $5,000 (for a total award of $30,000) for submitting the strongest social impact measurement plan.
GoodMap was joined by several other social enterprises who also received awards. They included Independent Youth, Circus Harmony Flying Trapeze Center, and ArchCity Defenders.
“This year’s social entrepreneurs came up with lots of ideas and concepts that were new and fresh for St. Louis,” said Skandalaris Center Direction Ken Harrington “All the finalists will have high impact on our community as they move forward,” he says. “We are particularly excited about how past and current competitors are collaborating to build a community culture supporting social entrepreneurship. These are exciting times in St. Louis.”
Law firm Polsinelli Shughart will also give $3,000 prizes of in-kind legal service for up to three of the teams in the competition, according to the statement.
The SEIC competition has its roots in a 2005 partnership between the Skandalaris Center and the YouthBridge Community Foundation and has awarded more than $1 million in cash and in-kind prizes to 36 social ventures since then.