The Great Social Enterprise Pitch is back!!!

Business ideas focused on People, Planet, and Profit


The Great Social Enterprise Pitch is ASSETS’  business plan competition for Central PA entrepreneurs with start-ups or business ideas that use a positive social and environmental impact model.

Participants compete for cash prizes and the chance to be Lancaster’s newest innovative business idea!

1st Place = $10,000
2nd Place = $5,000
3rd Place = $2,500

A class of ten incredible social enterprise entrepreneurs has been selected from a pool of applicants for the Incubator, an 8-week intensive training process starting in July.

At the conclusion, The Final Five are selected and paired with mentors to prepare for an additional 2 weeks & the big day — a chance to showcase their idea in front of a live audience.

Participants compete for cash prizes and the chance to be Lancaster’s newest innovative business idea!

During the event and while judges are deliberating, we'll be showcasing the talents of local musicians and creatives. Think of it as a party with a purpose.

How It Works

Early steps

• APPLY FOR THE IDEA INCUBATOR: Participants have been selected & will be part of ASSETS’ 8-week Idea Incubator to sharpen their ideas and business models. (The Idea Incubator is a pre-requisite for The Pitch.)
• HONE YOUR IDEA THROUGH EXPERT TRAINING: Get your social enterprise in tip-top shape! 8 weeks with like-minded entrepreneurs in a collaborative environment.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Details will be announced soon.

The Final Five

• PITCH PARTICIPANT SELECTION: Following the Incubator, five participants will be chosen to participate in the Pitch.
• PRESENT AT THE LIVE PITCH: Get on stage and show us what you’ve got! 5 Finalists, 5 Judges, 5 minutes! On September 12th, the Final Five will have five minutes to pitch their business idea to a panelist of judges and a live audience, competing for cash prizes and the chance to be Central PA’s newest innovative business idea!

Join us on September 12th!

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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