To celebrate 5 years at Models of Impact, in October 2018, we launched a virtual pitch competition! Submissions came in from all over the world, and our judges were simply blown away by all of the ideas submitted. Here’s how this went down:


participants registered for the competition by october 12

By downloading the competition rules and guidelines (big button below), participants were registered to participate.

we sent out a prompt over email on october 13

The prompt asked participants to generate an idea for a new social enterprise that could tackle a major social issue.

they had 2 days to submit a response

Participants submitted one (1) 30-60 second video pitch about their idea for a socially responsible business on October 15.

our judges will select 3 winning ideas!

Our judges reviewed each of the video submissions, and 3 winning ideas were announced on November 01.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Virtual Pitch Competition!

  1. Mireille Reyes and Ana Paola Quiroz (Mexico)

  2. Liu Vincent (Taiwan)

  3. Raghav Maheshwari (United States)


The Prize

Three winners were selected by our panel of judges, and received a free 90 minute coaching session with Matthew Manos, the creator of Models of Impact and Founder of global design strategy firm, verynice. In addition, we sent winners a random selection of polyhedral die from our personal collection in a cute, collectable, box.

meet our incredible judges!

Each idea was carefully reviewed by our panel of accomplished designers, strategists, and social entrepreneurs in order to select the 3 winning ideas.


matthew manos

Founder/Managing Director at verynice. Models of Impact Game Designer.

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alisa olinova

Design Director at verynice. Organizer of the Women's Design Salon in LA.

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anders tse

Lead Strategist at verynice. Former Strategist at brightspot strategy.


sue tan

Partner + Chief Creative Officer at The MO Studio. Former Design Researcher at IDEO.

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rachel sumekh

Founder + CEO, Swipe Out Hunger. Forbes 30 Under 30.


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