Our First Ever Virtual Social Venture Challenge

We recently highlighted the ways we have AMPed (adapted, mobilized, pivoted) as an organization in response to COVID-19, and a large part of that response is through our virtual events.

On Saturday, June 6th, we held our very first Virtual Social Venture Challenge which was streamed live on our website. The beauty of hosting a VSVC is that we were able to open up the experience to many more individuals and allow for broader engagement across geographically distributed groups. 

On Saturday, we watched six teams from around the world pitch their ideas for social impact to four Resolution judges. You can watch the VSVC in full here:

Four days later, on Wednesday, June 10th, at 12pm ET, we were very excited to announce the winners live on our Facebook page and welcome them as Resolution Fellows into our community. You can watch the announcement, which includes a recap video of the VSVC, here:


The winning teams are:

A Girl’s DreamDetroit, Michigan

Brianna Bryant, Ivett Facundo, and Miryim Hanek

Brianna, Ivett, and Miryim are starting an afterschool and weekend program in the Detroit and Dearborn area of Michigan aimed at getting young women of color interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) fields.

Green New DetroitDetroit, Michigan

Devankar Mukhi

Green New Detroit aims to provide education and tailored sustainability kits to make it easier for households in under-resourced communities in Detroit, Michigan to adopt sustainability practices. Devankar will be working with local students to map out the needs in each community, and then work with local partners and corporations to create sustainability kits that are easy to adapt, help save energy costs, and make the household more green.  

STARsLos Angeles, California

Jesus Raya

STARS (Success to All Races) aims to create a safe and empowering community for high school students who are at-risk of dropping out.  Starting in Los Angeles, the program aims to provide educational resources and mentorship through an intensive summer course that serves as an introduction to a two-year program as well as through podcasts.