Levitt Challenge Overview


The Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge is open to all UMKC students from any school. Challenge registration begins October 1st, 2014. There will be two information sessions for students to learn more on Monday, October 27 from 11:30am - 12:30pm (with pizza) and Tuesday, October 28 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm (also with pizza). Students will participate in a series of workshops over the fall and spring semester, culminating in a competition day on May 19, 2015 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.

2014 - 2015 Event Timeline

November 15, 2014 Workshop #1
"Identifying and Exploring Opportunities"
Bloch Executive Hall 331, 8:30am - 12:30pm
December 13, 2014 Mid-Session Check-in
Follow-up to workshop #1
Bloch Executive Hall 331,8:30am - 12:30pm
January 24, 2015 Workshop #2
"Developing and Organizing a Viable Business Model"
Bloch Executive Hall 211, 8:30am - 12:30pm
February 14, 2015 Workshop #3
"Funding and Financing your Social Venture"
Bloch Executive Hall 413, 8:30am - 12:30pm
March 7, 2015 Workshop #4
"Preparing Dynamic Business Plans"
Bloch Executive Hall 211, 8:30am - 12:30pm
March 30 Business Plan Draft Due
Send to Cindy at
April 10, 2015 Drafts Returned
Feedback reported back on each business plan
May 1, 2015 Final Business Plan Due
Send to Cindy at
May 9, 2015 Workshop #5
"Creating Presentations with Impact and Sizzle"
Bloch Executive Hall 324, 8:30am - 12:30pm
May 15, 2015 Final Cut (if applicable)
Business plans have been rated and ranked, top 5 -7 will move on to presentation phase
May 14 or 15, 2015 Final Scoring
Final Scoring of the top 5 -7 business plans, determining 60% of teams overall score
May 19, 2015 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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