2018 New Venture Competition


I received the notice below earlier, and thought some of you might find this useful.


Two years ago I had the idea of introducing a competition to inspire and support blind and visually impaired would-be entrepreneurs.  I wanted Hadley to go beyond teaching concepts to helping people make their ideas for new businesses come to life. That was the genesis of Hadley’s New Venture Competition.


The idea has proven so successful that we are offering it this year!  For this, our third competition, we are offering cash awards up to $30,000 to fund the start-up or early growth stage of a business being launched by a blind or visually impaired individual.


To qualify, applicants take at least one module from our Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship series and submit their business plan.  DEADLINE: March 15, 2018.


Have a client or student you’d like to recommend apply? Simply send them to the Hadley website New Venture Competition page.  All the details, including the expectations for the business plan submission, are explained there.


Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you so much for helping to get the word out about this exciting opportunity.



Colleen Wunderlich

Director, Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually impaired

700 Elm Street, Winnetka, Illinois 60093


Phone: 847-784-2889


Sharon Lovering, Editor

American Council of the Blind

1703 N. Beauregard St., Suite 420

Alexandria, VA 22311


Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

For  inspirational speaking, business coaching, or books: http://www.bazyncommunications.com

Buying gifts? Large print 2018 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)- no mailing fees.

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