Once the business plans have been submitted to the competition, they are reviewed by a pool of more than 350 CEOs, bankers, professors, and mission-driven entrepreneurs. These reviewers allow the foundation to provide an average of ten pages of constructive feedback per entrant per round. Other partners have contributed more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind support to the top teams.
The William James Foundation recognizes that it is just one piece of the puzzle in providing a hand up to the next generation of sustainable business. Another major resource is the associations and gatherings of those who are trying to walk the path of financial, social, and environmental viability together.
The Foundation charges a $50 processing fee to enter our competitions. That fee is reduced to $40 if the entrants are from outside of the USA, to cover any currency exchange costs.
To thank the associations who provide support to socially responsible entrepreneurs, the fee is reduced to $25 if an advisor or member of the applicants management team is an active member in any of these organizations: Net Impact, The Social Venture Network, The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, Green America Business Network, The Social Enterprise Alliance, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, The Affinity Lab, The Sustainable Business Network of Washington, Wall Street Without Walls, EcoLoCity, NCIIA, Ashoka, The Hub, The Investors Circle, or Live Green.
A variety of other individual partners have been given application discount codes. Those codes must be included in the application email in order to receive the discount. As a bonus to readers of CSRwire, if you are not already a member of one of the organizations listed above, include CSRwireN30 in your application email and your fee will be reduced to $25. There are also a limited number of full scholarships available to those for whom any payment would be a financial hurdle. To request a fee waiver, or ask any other questions, please contact us at [email protected].
Organizations and individuals with the desire and ability to provide resources and investments to the next great ideas should contact the Foundations executive director, Ian Fisk, at [email protected].