Gun Violence Public Health Challenge

  • Friday, September 16, 2016

September 16 – September 18
Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University’s Institute for Public Health and the Skandalaris Center are partnering to host an immersive Public Health Challenge where multidisciplinary teams of WUSTL students will develop social and commercial programs and venture concepts to reduce gun violence in St. Louis. The Public Health Challenge will be a high-visibility opportunity to stimulate social, economic, and technological ecosystems that empower and help to transform affected communities into thriving communities.

Student teams will be formed following an ideation session on Friday night. As the weekend progresses, the teams will network with experienced advisors, mentors, and community members to move ideas forward. The most promising ventures will be refined into sustainable business plans with potential for scale-up funding and long-term mentoring.

Whether the ideas are considered “for profit” or “for impact” – or both – there is a place for them to be advanced through the Public Health Challenge.

A total of $2,225 in awards will be given away.

Benefits of participating:

  • High-visibility opportunity for socially-minded students
  • Stimulate social, economic, and technological ecosystems
  • Transform adversely affected communities into thriving ones
  • Network with other WUSTL students and community members
  • Win funding for your ideas
  • All meals will be provided

This event is only open to WUSTL students. For more information, contact Poli Rijos, Project Coordinator for the Gun Violence Initiative:

Event Sponsors: Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis, Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis

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