Students: Win $1,000 for your social entrepreneurship idea

Ramit Sethi · April 19th, 2007

Quick link to the Conscious Lifestyle application.

My friend Mike Del Ponte started Conscious Lifestyle, “a nonprofit organization that helps people become socially conscious consumers.” (I’m an advisor to the organization.) Now, Conscious Lifestyle is offering ten $1,000 grants to any student with a socially innovative idea.

If you’re like me, there’s a gleam in your eye since “socially innovative” is really, really broad. That means you should apply — take your plan, write it up, and submit your application.

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Here are the details:

Conscious consumerism is a growing trend that allows people like you to vote for the environment and human rights every time you open you wallet. But we need you to spread the movement! That’s why Conscious Lifestyle is offering up to $1,000 to high school and college students with socially innovative ideas.

Conscious Lifestyle is a nonprofit organization that helps people become socially conscious consumers. We educate people through our student chapters and our website ( We are looking for social innovators who will educate students about the importance of conscious consumerism and make their schools more socially responsible institutions. For example, you can:

  • Start a film series and show movies like An Inconvenient Truth, Who Killed the Electric Car?, The Future of Food, etc.
  • Lead trips to local green businesses and organic farms to learn about innovative practices in your community and conscious companies to support.
  • Publish as buyer’s guide that students can carry with them when they go shopping that includes the best stores support and products to buy.
  • Organize an art exhibit that demonstrates how workers and the environment can be uplifted or exploited in our globalized world.
  • Lead a campaign to get organic food in your dining halls or sweatshop-free clothing in your bookstore.

10 Social Innovators will be selected to lead Conscious Lifestyle ventures and receive up to $1,000 in funding, a web page, t-shirts, business cards, personalized support, and everything else you need to make your venture a success.

If you’re not sure if you should, read what I’ve written before about applying here, here, here, and here.

To apply, visit the Conscious Lifestyle application. And tell your friends!

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  1. MissJackson

    Part of what I do besides business stuff and grad school is math lecturing (yea I know shh). I love having stuff like this to share with my students – but since Im not teaching this term, I have sent it to friends who are adjuncts or full time instructors! Thanks!

    (I just have to remember to write up my idea as well)

  2. Tyler Weaver

    I am really starting to dislike your blog. I guess I need to reserve reading it to only on weekends where I have a few hours to spare on whatever you convince me to do.

    You are really good at guilting people into doing stuff though. .. with you multitude of posts on being proactive etc.

  3. Ramit Sethi

    Tyler, are you for real?


    What a great idea – concrete ways to get active just as Earth Day is upon us! If I were still in school I’d apply.

  5. Alex Boutet

    I guess that doesn’t apply to french-speaking canadians greenies like me, huh?

  6. Tyler Weaver

    Well now that you mention it, I have went back through your posts and I think it was miss-placed anger… There are other blogs that are completely distracting.. for instance I will be working, see the rss feed, read it, then be like WHOAW I need to try that NOW.

    Your blog is typically a little more subtle, with showing stuff you don’t like or pointing out noise or minutia.

    You have to understand, typically I would have just been like “o, a social entrepreneurship scholarship.. meh.” This post made me actually think of some things that I could do over the next year or two and put the due date on my calendar. Now it still is to be seen whether I submit an application, but that is a lot more than I typically have done..

  7. Ramit,

    Thanks for helping us out by posting this opportunity on iwillteachyoutoberich. Your site is the #1 driver of traffic to the application. I’ve found many other blogs who have picked up the story because they saw your post. The ripple effect has been great. Thanks for your help!

  8. Ramit – I love this idea, thanks for posting – now you just need to hunt something down like this for young professionals (past their student stage)! If you do (and you remember) give me a shout!

  9. Anonymous

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!