Hello Tractor wins first place in the highly competitive Social New Venture Challenge at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. “This year’s program comprised a diversity of ideas ranging from manufacturing to health-care services to productivity-enhancing tools,” said Ellen Rudnick, executive director of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. A full list of the winners of the 2014 SNVC are:

  • ­Hello Tractor won first place, receiving a cash prize of $30,000. Hello Tractor facilitates tractor co-sharing to increase crop yields and combat against income and food insecurity.
  • Moxie Leadership Academy placed second and received $20,000 in funding. Moxie brings high-quality summer programming to middle-school girls in low-income communities, building the emotional intelligence and STEM skills necessary for long-term success.

“My congratulations to the winners and participants of the 2014 John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge,” said Robert H. Gertner, Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance, deputy dean for the Part-Time MBA Programs, and faculty codirector of the Social Enterprise Initiative. “This year’s winners succeeded in finding the combination of viable, scalable business and significant impact required of effective social enterprises. I look forward to seeing their next moves.”

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