Pakis Social Challenge

Social entrepreneurs see a better future for our communities and know that creating a solution with a scalable, sustainable model is the best way to achieve that future. They may build non-profit organizations or they may pursue a for-profit venture to achieve their goals. A social entrepreneur seeks to understand the needs of a community (local or global) and builds solutions to best fit those needs. Are you a social entrepreneur?

Live Pitch Event

Join us in February 2017 for this exciting event to see the Pakis Social Entrepreneurship Challenge finalists present their social innovations to our judges, as they vie to become the Pakis Entrepreneur and receive $20,000 in grant funding, close mentorship from the Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy at ACF, and acceptance into one of the SEEDSPOT programs.


The Pakis Social Entrepreneurship Challenge is open to all ASU students who wish to make change in the world through the creation of new ventures.

The Pakis Challenge features two highly competitive phases. In Phase One, three finalist teams are selected from entries across ASU and given $7,500 each to enhance and improve their idea. In Phase Two, the finalists present their concept live, with one winner awarded $20,000 in grant funding and mentorship to transform their idea into reality.

The Pakis Social Entrepreneurship Challenge winner will not only receive funding, but will receive close mentorship from the Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy at ACF and will automatically be granted acceptance into one of the SEEDSPOT programs within the next 12 months.

Dates to Remember

September 23, 2016: Information Session from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in BAC 323

October 21, 2016: Application deadline

November 21, 2016: Three Pakis finalists announced

February 15, 2017: Pakis Live Pitch Event in Avnet/McCord Hall at 5:30 p.m.
RSVP & get tickets here:

Call (480) 965-0474 for all event details

Contact Us

Center for Entrepreneurship
W. P. Carey School of Business
P.O. Box 876506
Tempe, Arizona 85287
Phone: (480) 965-0474