Competing projects

Edition 2019

This year we admitted 98 teams consisting of 343 participants from 28 reputable universities in 15 countries.

Round 1 – Social Innovation

In this Round, the participating teams focused on analyzing the deep causes of the social issues, mapped their ecosystem, and ran a social support campaign in which they had to approach their stakeholders to get their support. Their work in this round is essential to get early feedback to develop their business model.

Overall results

  • Highest score: 94.50
  • Lowest score: 5.00
  • Average score: 54.86

The top 10 teams to receive the “IMPACTFUL SOCIAL BUSINESS IDEA AWARD” are:

Project name

University

Target social issue

Solution

Score

Mom&Me Care

CFVG – Centre Franco-Vietnamien de Formation à la Gestion, Vietnam

Poor knowledge and practices on reproductive health issues and limited access to basic healthcare services among low-income and vulnerable population

Integrated services that support women along their life journey during their reproductive age

94.5

Les Malaimés

HEC Montreal, Canada

People with physical and mental disabilities being excluded from the labor market

Reparation center that provides employment for people with disabilities and promotes a culture of recycling

89.75

TeenUp sexuality education solution

Foreign Trade University, Vietnam

Discrimination and abuse due to lack of sexuality knowledge among teenagers

Provision of sexuality education solutions to schools and individuals

88

Conshus Clothing

University of California – Irvine, the United States

Unfair payment and poor living conditions for female workers in garments in Bangladesh

Job creation for women in Bangladesh through production and direct sales of polo shirts

81.75

Itztik Ice Cream

Universidad Anahuac, Mexico

Children malnutrition in indigenous areas of Mexico

Production of a Mexican ice cream that is sourced from Mexican producers and contains the main essential nutrients and vitamins that will strengthen children’s immune system and cognitive development.

80

SORBOJOYA

Daffodil International University, Bangladesh

Women health issues

Production of low-cost sanitary napkins using indigenous materials

79

Mind at Work

University of São Paulo, Brazil

People with mental health issues having difficulties to enter the job market

Center to assist the establishment and development of new ventures by people with mental health issues

78

The mud women of Cuentepec

Universidad Anahuac, Mexico

Poverty among indigenous women in Cuentepec

Commercialization of products produced by indigenous women in Cuentepec

77

YouthMentor

Foreign Trade University, Vietnam

Lack of career orientation among Vietnamese students

Mentoring programs which connect professionals with students

76.25

SOSecurity

Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico

Protection for the vulnerable population

Creation of a compact device that alerts family and authorities in emergency situations

75.5

Round 2 – Business Innovation

Among the 65 teams competing in Round 2 (from 98 teams in Round 1), 46 teams have successfully passed this round and thus are invited to compete in Round 3. The top 5 teams to receive the “SOCIAL BUSINESS CONCEPT AWARD” and a total of $10,000 ($2000 each team) at our Gala on September 30, 2019 are:

1.       Mom&Me Care, CFVG – Centre Franco-Vietnamien de Formation à la Gestion, Vietnam (92.5 points)

2.       AC-COOL, Foreign Trade University, Vietnam (89.25 points)

3.       WeGrow (TeenUp sexuality education solution), Foreign Trade University, Vietnam (79.75 points)

4.       Sotej, Daffodil International University, Bangladesh (79.75 points)

5.       B.Box (Circular by Design), RMIT University, Australia (78 points)

The average score is 60.87 points and the lowest is 17.5 points.

HEC Montreal provides an intensive 1-week training in Montreal free of charge to members of these 46 teams. Other people will have to pay CA$1000 to participate in this training week. Details of the program are available here. Registration for this training is open for the public at this link.

Round 3 – Execution and Scale-up

Teams that pass Round 2 will be selected for further training in September in Montreal. They will present at HEC Montreal, 3000, chemin de la Côte Sainte Catherine, H3T 2A7 on September 30, 2019.

Edition 2018

In this third edition, we admitted 53 teams consisting of 171 people from 31 reputable universities around the world.

Round 1

In this Round, the 53 teams did a first analysis of their business idea and run a social support campaign in which they had to approach their stakeholders to get their support. Their work in this round was essential to get early feedback to develop their business model. Click here to see Round 1’s evaluation form.

Overall results

  • Highest score: 88
  • Lowest score: 13.5
  • Average score: 62.

The top 5 teams to receive the “IMPACTFUL SOCIAL BUSINESS IDEA AWARD” were:

  • 1. You Plus, Universidad Anáhuac, Mexico (88 points)
  • 2. The Flo Collective, McGill University, Canada (88 points)
  • 3. MURO ZALVEC, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico (83 points)
  • 4. Safe-Bit, Queensborough Community College, the USA (82 points)
  • 5. Mother Care, Daffodil International University, Bangladesh (82 points)

Round 2

The 43 teams that passed Round 1 competed for the total $10,000 prize (each of the top 5 teams will receive $2000) by presenting their business models and crowdfunding results. ( Click here to see Round 2’s evaluation form.

Overall results

  • Average score: 58
  • Lowest: 30
  • Highest: 77.

The top 5 performers of Round 2 that won the “SOCIAL BUSINESS CONCEPT AWARD” (each team received $2,000) are:

  • 1. You Plus, Universidad Anáhuac, Mexico (77 points)
  • 2. MediSure, Daffodil International University, Bangladesh (73.5 points)
  • 3. Inspora, Universidad Anáhuac, Mexico (73 points)
  • 4. Safe-Bit, Queensborough Community College, the USA (72 points)
  • 5. The Flo Collective, McGill University, Canada (72 points )

Semi Final

The top 25 teams of Round 2 were selected for further training in September in Montreal. They presented at HEC Montreal, 3000, chemin de la Côte Sainte Catherine, H3T 2A7 on Monday September 17, 2018. They were evaluated on their social and business innovation as well as the feasibility of their business model. Click here to see Semifinal evaluation form and here to see the schedule of presentations

Three finalists were selected among the top 5 teams of the semifinal round (best team from each of the 5 rooms) to pitch to the grand public in the evening of Monday September 17, 2018 at HEC Montreal, 3000, chemin de la Côte Sainte Catherine, H3T 2A7. They were evaluated by their ability to captivate the audience with their social business. Click here to see Final evaluation form.

If you missed the Grand Final, you can view the message of our First Lady, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, to you at https://www.facebook.com/SBCHEC/videos/1912783638798327/

The winning projects of this year are:

  1. First prize: Kajou (http://socialbusinesscreation.hec.ca/competing-projects/kajou )
  2. Second prize: Biobook (http://socialbusinesscreation.hec.ca/competing-projects/biobook/ )
  3. Third prize: Medisure (http://socialbusinesscreation.hec.ca/competing-projects/medisure/ ‎). Besides SBC prize, Medisure also received $3000 additional cash prize from Judge Claude Pinard
  4. The two runners-up teams are You Plus (http://socialbusinesscreation.hec.ca/competing-projects/youplus/ ) and Estación Meiquer (http://socialbusinesscreation.hec.ca/competing-projects/meiquer/ ) ‎

The presentation by the three finalists can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/SBCHEC/videos/vb.536056049909711/2075231695842837/.

Edition 2017

Round 1 (February – March, 2017)

The 2017 Edition admitted 19 teams from 13 reputable universities, representing 9 countries in Asia, America, Europe, and Africa.

In this Round, the teams did a first analysis of their business idea and run a social support campaign in which they had to approach their stakeholders to get their support. Their work in this round is essential to get early feedback to develop their business model. Click here to see Round 1’s evaluation form.

    Top 5 performers of Round 1 that won the “IMPACTFUL SOCIAL BUSINESS IDEA AWARD” are:

    • 1. ViREd (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India) – 80 points
    • 2. Solidariteas (Mount Royal University, Canada) – 78 points
    • 3. Good start (CFVG (Centre Franco-Vietnamien de formation à la Gestion), Vietnam) – 76.5 points
    • 4. Poverty Prevention Bonds (Tel Aviv University, Israel) – 73.5 points
    • 5. Purchase platform in Kenya (HEC Paris, France) – 70 points.

    Overall results:

  • Average score: 64;
  • Lowest: 45;
  • Highest: 80.

Round 2 (April – May, 2017)

In Round 2, we admitted the top 14 teams from Round 1. They competed for the total $10,000 prize (each of the top 5 teams will receive $2000) by presenting their business models and crowdfunding results. ( Click here to see Round 2’s evaluation form.

The top 5 performers of Round 2 that won the “SOCIAL BUSINESS CONCEPT AWARD” (each team received $2,000) are:

Overall results:

  • Average score: 60.43;
  • Lowest: 45.67;
  • Highest: 71.33.

Final round (September 11-18, 2017)

Pitches

The seven finalists pitched in two rooms in the morning. Two were selected from each room to the final round in the afternoon:

Salle Marie-Husny (CSC, 1st floor, green section)

Salle Hélène-Desmarais (CSC, 1st floor, blue section)

Full presentations

Click here to view the full presentations

  • First prize winner: Team “TrekHub”, Universidad Veracruzana (80 points)
  • Second prize winner: Team “ViRed”, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India (75 points). NOTE: Judge Claude Pinard representing Saputo Foundation gave an additional gift of $3,000 to ViRed, making its total cash prize to be $10,000.
  • Third prize winner: Team “Connect Afya”, HEC Paris, France (70 points)
  • Audience Award winner: Team “ViRed”, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India

Edition 2016

The 2016 Edition admitted 44 teams from 30 reputable universities, representing 16 countries in Asia, America, Europe, Africa and Australia (click here to see their project description). Click here to see our judges’ profiles

 

Round 1 results

Of the 27 teams that completed Round 1’s requirements (i.e. business concept presentation , stakeholder analysis, and proof of social support), the top 5 of Round 1 are:

Click here to see Round 1’s evaluation form

 

Round 2 results

Of 21 teams that completed Round 2’s requirements (i.e. business concept pitch and proof of crowdfunding campaign results), the top 5 of Round 2 are:

Click here to see Round 2’s evaluation form

 

Round 3 results

Pitch round

Below are result summary and the links to watch the 15 teams’ pitch presentations on September 12, 2016: -Room 1 – Demers (average score: 56; lowest: 50; highest: 64)

-Room 2 – Cogeco (average score: 60; lowest: 40; highest: 91)

-Room 3 – Rona (average score: 58; lowest: 50; highest: 70)

Final round

Here is the link to view the 3 finalists’ presentations: https://tintin.hec.ca/audiovisuel/opal_vis/visionnement.cfm?idM=1562_38980477.

 

Our winners are