Levitt Challenge Overview


The Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge is open to all UMKC students from any UMKC school. Challenge registration begins September 16, 2015. There will be two information sessions on Thursday, November 5, 2015:

  • Breakfast Celebration Program 7:30 - 9:00am, Bloch Executive Hall room 218
  • Lunch Information Session Noon - 1:00pm, Bloch Executive Hall, 331

Students will participate in a series of workshops over the fall and spring semester, culminating in a competition day on May 24, 2016 during which teams or individuals present their projects to judges from the community. Teams ready for implementation will be elevated to Changemaker status and receive support to bring their plans to fruition over the next year.

You may bring an idea of your own or help a community organization with an idea of theirs. You may work on your own or with a team.

Who was Aaron L. Levitt?

The Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge was made possible by funds established in memory of Aaron Levitt upon his death in 1988. In 2012, the funds were repurposed for this event by his son Jim Levitt and the Levitt family, a family that has been part of Kansas City's history for more than 90 years. Aaron Levitt was an entrepreneur who started his own furniture business. He was also a social entrepreneur with a deep commitment to giving back to the Kansas City community. He was deeply involved with UMKC, serving as president of the University Associates (now the UMKC Foundation) as well as chairman of the UMKC Board of Trustees. Levitt was active with the American Red Cross, the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the civic council. He also made local history as the first Jewish man to be invited to join the Kansas City Club and the River Club.

2015 - 2016 Event Timeline

December 12, 2015 Workshop #1
"Identifying and Exploring Opportunities"
Bloch Executive Hall 331, 8:30am - 12:30pm
January 23, 2016 Mid-Session Check-in
Follow-up to workshop #1
Bloch Executive Hall 331,8:30am - 12:30pm
February 6, 2016 Workshop #2
"Developing and Organizing a Viable Business Model"
Bloch Executive Hall 211, 8:30am - 12:30pm
March 5, 2016 Workshop #3
"Funding and Financing your Social Venture"
Bloch Executive Hall 413, 8:30am - 12:30pm
April 2, 2016 Workshop #4
"Preparing Dynamic Business Plans"
Bloch Executive Hall 211, 8:30am - 12:30pm
April 11, 2016 Business Plan Draft Due
Send to Cindy at
April 18, 2016 Drafts Returned
Feedback reported back on each business plan
April 29, 2016 Final Business Plan Due
Send to Cindy at
May 7, 2016 Workshop #5
"Creating Presentations with Impact and Sizzle"
Bloch Executive Hall 324, 8:30am - 12:30pm
May 16, 2016 Final Cut (if applicable)
Business plans have been rated and ranked, top 5 -7 will move on to presentation phase
May 20, 2016 Final Scoring
Final Scoring of the top 5 -7 business plans, determining 60% of teams overall score
May 24, 2016 Levitt Changemaker Event
Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall

Henry W. Bloch School of Management
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

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