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SEA Nashville Chapter hosted their first Business for Good competition on March 14. The event boasted a sold out, standing room only crowd. Nashville Chapter chair, Don Leyrer, said, “The finalists did a great job and made it very difficult for the judges to pick a winner!”
Finalists pitched social enterprise ideas to a panel of judges for the chance to win $30,000 in cash awards and in kind prizes. SEA’s CEO, Kevin Lynch was thrilled to travel to Nashville and deliver opening remarks to the crowd.
First prize winner was Alyssa Van Camp/ PERTS South, an organization that provides web-based educational interventions that change students' mindsets about school. They simultaneously pursue a rigorous, scientific methodology and broad-scale social change.
First runner up was Sarah Johnson/ Nashville Grown; Nashville's first urban food hub. Nashville Grown is building a local food distribution system that enables Nashville-area farms to compete with conventional food distributors.
Second runner up was Darrell Hawks/ Project Return. The program will provide immediate, temporary employment to persons returning to the Nashville community from incarceration when the threat of recidivism is highest and prepare them to be permanently employed and productive members of the community.
Thank you to Don Leyrer (chapter chair) and the Nashville Chapter for their leadership in cultivating a thriving social enterprise community in Nashville!
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