What is the Diehl Family Social Enterprise Competition?

The Diehl Family Social Enterprise Competition, hosted by the DeVoe L. Moore Center, is part of a rapidly growing ecosystem at Florida State University to support social entrepreneurship and innovation, grassroots economic development, and student engagement in social issue areas. Read more about the competition here. 

Through support from the Diehl Family Foundation and DeVoe Moore Center, the competition:

Phase I: Gathered over 120 proposals for potential domestic & international social enterprises.

Phase II: Awarded $5,000 business plan development grants each to 10 proposal finalists.

Phase III: Selected 4 social enterprise projects to fund $50,000 each in order to launch by December 2015. 

Phase IV: Engages students passionate about social entrepreneurship in mid-year evaluations of the social enterprises. 

Follow the funded social enterprises

Follow the development of each unique and inspiring social enterprise project by checking out our News page.  

If you are an FSU student interested in the mid-year evaluation process, please e-mail Joanna Douglas at jjdouglas@fsu.edu

Click each logo for more information about the supporting organization, leading social entrepreneur, and social enterprise. 

Meet all of our finalists

Check out the below video compilation with all of our 11 finalists! Each were required to submit a 2-minute pitch video. Learn more about each finalist and watch their entire video by checking out our Finalists page

Each social enterprise proposal was evaluated based off of six required criteria for a viable social enterprise and chosen out of over 120 proposals from around the world! Learn more about the competition selection committee here.

This promotional video was developed by FSU undergraduate Economics student Chase Couture. 

Phase I: Proposal

Call for brief project proposals. Projects must meet six required criteria, be sustainable through a market-based revenue source, and empower a disadvantaged population to have more control over the factors that affect their lives.

Phase III: Launch

Provide $50,000 in first-year seed funding to four chosen projects. Tell the story of each social enterprise and follow project implementation to showcase potentially replicable models for sustainable development and lessons learned.

Phase II: Plan

Support 10 feasible, innovative ideas for sustainable social enterprises through $5,000 business plan development grants. Ultimately provide platform to raise visibility in order to allow for connection with other partners, supporters, resources, investors.

Phase IV: Learning

Conduct on-site evaluation of startup social enterprises to measure accountability and transparency, facilitate organizational learning for the benefit of the management team, Interdisciplinary FSU teams made up of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students will travel, collect data, assist dialogue, combat "accountability myopia,” and compile mid-year reports.