Fast Facts: Meredith Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

2020 Meredith (Social) Entrepreneurship Challenge!
Operation C.O.V.I.D.
(Creative Opportunity to Video an Idea and Develop)

The Meredith (Social) Entrepreneurship Challenge (MSEC) is an annual venture idea competition with a special emphasis on societal needs. Student groups compete for a $4,000 grand prize!

With the uncertainty surrounding the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, the M(S)EC shifted to an all-online format. Semifinalists were encouraged to innovate around this global challenge by submitting a 10-minute video pitch in lieu of the standard Shark Tank Pitch. Operation COVID has 3 rules:

1. No formal videos – pajamas and creativity are encouraged!

2. Students must begin their video with their best joke, and

3. The idea must assess a real opportunity

A combination of women executives, Meredith alumnae with business ownership experience, and friends of Meredith with business ownership experience served as online judges and mentors for the MSEC.

To read more about this year’s Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, visit

A full list of the semi-finalists in the competition, as well as information about the judges, can be found here.

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