Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

Social entrepreneurs make changes that grow communities. Social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading communities to take new chances; they seize opportunities others miss in order to improve systems, develop and disseminate new approaches and advance sustainable solutions that create social value. The Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge is a collaborative effort for community, agencies and students to connect to make a difference in Kansas City communities and beyond.


Exemplifying the Bloch School Vision

The Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge exemplifies the Bloch School vision by: giving students an experiential learning opportunity to put theory into practice; teaching students to be more like our benefactor Henry W. Bloch through understanding of the importance of giving back; and developing entrepreneurial and innovative thinkers in the nonprofit and public sector.

Connecting to Kansas City

In 2011, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce unveiled the city's Big 5 Ideas, five initiatives designed to elevate the Kansas City region onto the world stage and make the area one of America's best places to work, live, start a business, and grow a business. These community-based projects take advantage of the area's world-class organizations and the spirit of our citizens to inspire innovation in our region. The Levitt Challenge supports several of these initiatives, including the Urban Core Neighborhood initiative and Making Kansas City America's Most Entrepreneurial City.

2017 - 2018 Timeline

November 11


Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship and the Levitt Challenge 8:30am - 12:30pm (BEH 331)

December 2

Workshop #1

"Identifying and Exploring Opportunities"
8:30am - 12:30pm (BEH 331)

January 13

Workshop #1.5

Checking in: How is that plan coming along?
8:30am - 12:30pm (BEH 331)

February 10

Workshop #2

"Developing and Organizing a Viable Business Model"
8:30am - 12:30pm (BEH 413)

March 3

Workshop #3

"Funding and Financing your Social Venture"
8:30am - 12:30pm (BEH 211)

March 24

Workshop #4

"Preparing Dynamic Business Plans"
8:30am - 12:30pm (BEH 413)

April 7

Drafts Due

Draft or business or feasibility plan due

April 17

Drafts Returned

Feedback reported back on each plan

May 3

Final Due

Final version of the business or feasibility plan due

May 4

Plans sent to Reviewers


May 5

Workshop #5

"Creating Presentations with Impact and Sizzle"
8:30am - 12:30pm (BEH 218)


Levitt Changemaker Event


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

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