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Students from Across Divisions Rise to The New Challenge

As the semester progresses, the first-ever New Challenge continues, and the competition is heating up: the judging panel has selected 16 semi-finalists from the more than 60 submissions received earlier this year. Open to students across all divisions and disciplines, the New Challenge will award funding to social entrepreneurship ideas that innovatively address civic issues on a local or global level. In the first round, graduate and undergraduate submissions ranged from advocacy projects, films, and technological innovations to service designs.

On April 16th New Challenge will present The Finalists Exhibition, from 2:30-4:00 p.m., which is open to the entire New School community. At the exhibition, each team will have five minutes to present their proposal to a panel of judges comprised of The New School’s Board of Governors and Board of Trustees including Marian Cross, Fred Dust, David Ford, Judith Zarin and Michael Donavon. Following the exhibition the finalist will be announced in the Hirshon Suite at 5:00 pm, with winners receiving prizes in order to make their ideas come to life. These awards range from a Grand Prize of $10,000 to several prizes ranging between $2,500 and $5,000.

In addition to the final judges decision, the projects are online and open to receive votes of support from the public. The project with most votes on the New Challenge website will receive a $500 Community Vote Prize. To date over 5,000 votes have been cast. To cast your vote for your favorite New Challenge project visit:

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