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Social Enterprise Pitch semi-finalists selected

LNP wrote up an article about our 2014 Social Enterprise Pitch semi-finalists. To view the post, in it’s original format, click here

A youth hostel, a delivery service and several sustainable agriculture or landscaping businesses are among the 10 ideas selected for the next phase of Lancaster’s “Great Social Enterprise Pitch” this summer.

The program, a project of the Lancaster County Community Foundation and Assets Lancaster, aims at helping entrepreneurs found socially conscious businesses and nonprofits. Social enterprises are hybrids of business and charity; ideally, they make money while also advancing the social and economic wellbeing of its community.

Would-be entrepreneurs introduced their ideas at two “idea incubator sessions” held in late March and early April. A total of 32 applications were submitted, Assets Lancaster said.

Of those, 10 teams were selected for the next step, a series of training workshops. The team leaders and their ideas are as follows:

  • Chris Caldwell: Bicycle delivery service
  • Sam Fisher: Nomadic animal grazer
  • Sally Holbert: Senior transport service
  • Nancy Keeler: Clothing company
  • Sarah McGahran: Sustainable farming and café
  • Jocelyn Park: Networking and activity service
  • Jonelle Renno: Pay-what-you-can café
  • Tim Seifarth: Sustainable landscaping
  • Heidi Shirk: Youth hostel
  • Mark Walmer: Affordable expungement services for ex-offenders

On Aug. 8, participants are scheduled to present their business plans in a final “pitch,” competing for cash and in-kind prizes.