"Build Your Social Biz" contest sponsored by Biz Kid$ and Ernst & Young LLP

"Build Your Social Biz" contest sponsored by Biz Kid$ and Ernst & Young LLP

Entries due by December 31, 2012!

Biz Kid$ press kit

Biz Kid$, public television’s Emmy Award-winning financial literacy series produced in association with WXXI, is hosting a contest for kids!

The “Build Your Social Biz” competition seeks America’s most ambitious and driven young social entrepreneurs. Compete for a top prize of $3,000 and mentoring from an experienced business expert at Ernst & Young LLP! Up until December 31, 2012, young business owners who have an idea for improving their community may capture that vision in a one-minute video and compete for funding and advice for their venture. Biz Kid$ and Ernst & Young LLP seek contestants who wish to make a difference in the world with their business. These social entrepreneurs use their business structure or profits to affect a social, cultural or environmental change. The social biz is not a limited-period fundraising venture – it’s an actual business.

To submit an entry, participants must fill out an online entry form at www.bizkids.com and then upload a one-minute video pitch on why their project should win. Entries will not be judged by the quality of the video but by the presentation of the vision for their social enterprise. 

A panel of judges will cull the top five entrants, and the names will be posted on the Biz Kid$ website by mid-February.  The winner will be chosen by popular vote, which will take place over four weeks.  Winner will be announced by the end of March.  First place will win $3,000 and a lunch with a special guest; runner up will win $1,500; and three honorable mentions will win $500 each.  All finalists will be paired with an expert mentor chosen to fit the nature of their business.

Biz Kid$ is produced in association with WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, New York, and is distributed nationally by American Public Television. Major funding for Biz Kid$ is provided by a coalition of America’s Credit Unions and LoveMyCreditUnion.org. For more information about the series, go to www.bizkids.com.  Biz Kid$ airs Monday through Wednesday at 6:00 AM, Friday at 5:30 PM and Sunday at 10:00 AM on WXXI-TV/HD (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

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