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Business Today



The Impact Challenge offers applicants the chance to compete for a $15,000 grand prize for their social venture. With a focus on socially minded entrepreneurship and advancing startups, this challenge helps inspire, connect, and accelerate new ventures and their student founders. 

This is a part of Business Today, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by Steve Forbes in 1968. For the past 50 years, its goal has been to bridge the gap between influential business leaders, from all industries, and top undergraduate students from across the world. BT creates a dynamic forum in which students from all backgrounds can be educated and inspired.

Details of the competition include:

  • Top 5 finalists attend the conference and compete
  • Prize of $15,000 with no equity and no strings attached
  • Expert judges from top companies and VCs 
  • Past participants have gone to Forbes 30 under 30
  • Apply at http://ic18.org/impact-challenge


Details of the conference include:

  • All-expenses paid, 3-day business conference
  • 150 undergraduate students, 75 executives
  • Takes place on November 18-20th, 2018, in New York City 
  • Past keynotes include:
    • Gerald Ford (38th President of the United States)
    • Jeff Immelt (CEO of GE)
    • Wendy Kopp (Founder of Teach for America)
    • Muhtar Kent (CEO of Coca-Cola)