Purpose: The Carleton Impact Competition seeks to encourage students pursuing for-profit and social entrepreneurship.

Competition Overview

Eligibility: Teams of at least two Carleton students are eligible to submit a proposal to the competition. Before submitting a proposal, teams should have contacted Nathan Grawe to indicate intent to submit. At that point teams will be connected with an alumni mentor.

Fellowship: The winning team will receive a $10,000 fellowship which teams can use for summer stipends and/or expenses to support a start-up venture. 

Deadline for Indicating Intent to Submit a Proposal: 5:00 PM on Friday, October 14, 2023.

Deadline for Competition Proposals: Sunday, January 8, 2023, 5:00 PM (emailed to ngrawe). Finalists will be notified by January 15, 2023.

Team Presentations: Saturday, February 4, 2023, 1:00-3:00 PM

Reception and Winning Announcement: Following team presentations

Student Support and Coaching

Simon Holzapfel ’95 and colleagues at TEAL Education Partners will provide training materials to guide your team’s thinking and regular coaching to keep you moving toward to goals.

Carleton’s Entrepreneur in Residence

Jake Phillips ’07, co-founder of Prep Network, and Jamie Glover ’06 of ASIYA are our Entrepreneur in Residence. Jake and Jamie will be available to work with you by appointment or drop-in through Zoom on select dates. Contact Nathan Grawe to be put on an email list to get updates

Previous Fellowship Winners

  • 2022: Upprentice – Victor Hyuang ’23 and Lily Li ’23
  • 2022: Reveal Jonah Doctor-Loeb ‘25, Gabe Kaplan ‘25, Etta Humes ‘25, Tate Fuller ‘25, Malachy Guzman ‘25, Seven Delgado ‘25
  • 2021: [Discussify] – Kevin Bui ’24, Quoc Nguyen ’23, and Shannon Liu ’23
  • 2021: Northfield Enterprise Center Prize – KN. Y. Skating Experience  Kenya Symone Cooper ’21 and Venecia Mitchell ’21
  • 2020: 句話 JUHUA – Brandon Moy ’20, John Mullan ’20, and Alan Zheng ’20
  • 2019: The Participation Station – Phil Donnelly ’22 and Madhav Mohan ’22
  • 2018: E and E: Liberal Arts for the 21st Century – Kwaku Bodom ’19, Chris Anisowicz ’18 and Brandon Fabel ’18
  • 2018: Switch – Keaton Mertz ’18 (Chemistry) and Chenxi Sun ’18 (2nd Place Team representing Carleton at the 8th Minnesota Entrepreneurship Kick-off in March 2018)
  • 2017Adisa – Claire Tagoe ’18 and Sabastian Mugazambi ’17
  • 2017: Lift Education Consultants – Robert Kearney ’17, Sijin “Cathy” Chen ’17, and Jacob Snyder-Hansen
  • 2016: Northfield Cannon Dairy: Minnesota Nice Cream – Beau Smit ’17 and Rohan Mukherjee ’19
  • 2016: Campus Concierge – Mitchell Biewen ’17 and Jeremy Keane ’17