In partnership with Pencils of Promise

Win $10,000 to turn your business idea into reality
Join us for the CommonBond Social Impact Awards on July 10!

Are you a student who has a business idea that could use a boost?

CommonBond and Pencils of Promise are teaming up to give a $10,000 cash prize to the country's top student social-entrepreneur. The best part? All applicants get access to startup coaching powered by Techstars including how to build a business plan, generate revenue, pitch to investors, and more. This is your chance to turn that idea into a reality!

How to apply:

1. Enter your email to receive your application
2. Fill out a questionnaire describing your business idea
3. Submit by June 2

Business ideas will be evaluated on the following criteria: Impact, scalability, feasibility, originality
The application submission period is now closed. Join us for the CommonBond Social Impact Awards on July 10th at 6pm in NYC!
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Here's What You Can Win:

Trip to NYC

Three finalists will be flown to NYC to pitch to a panel of all-star judges

Cash Prize

The winner will receive $10,000 to jumpstart their business

Expert Coaching

The winner will also have access to coaching from CommonBond's leadership team

Meet The Judges
Lil Jon
Grammy Award Winning Artist, Producer, Tech Enthusiast & Longtime Pencils of Promise Supporter
Adam Braun
CEO, Co-Founder at MissionU, Founder of Pencils of Promise
Hayley Barna
Venture Partner at First Round Capital, Co-Founder at Birchbox
David Klein
CEO & Co-Founder at CommonBond


July 10
Finalists travel to NYC and pitch in CommonBond Social Impact Award finals
june 15 – july 1
Semifinalist videos are voted on by the public
june 7
Semifinalists are selected
Applicants submit their email to receive an application


You must be currently enrolled in a not-for-profit college or university.

Your business, or business idea, must drive positive social impact.

Your business or business idea must be for-profit.

New business ideas are welcome; there is no "in business" time requirement.

You must be able to travel to NYC in July of 2017.

A Look at Last Year's Event

The 2016 CommonBond Social Impact Award was held in May, at the CommonBond headquarters in New York City. Three socially minded companies competed to win the $10,000 award.

Kheyti, a company that creates greenhouses to improve farming practices for 500 million small farmers in India, won the award. As a result, Saumya, co-founder of Kheyti, and her team were featured in Forbes and able to use the funds they won to pilot their business.

Watch last year's highlights
About CommonBond
CommonBond is a financial technology company on a mission to make student loans more transparent, simple, and affordable. Combining competitive rates and award-winning customer service for both undergraduate and graduate students, CommonBond has created a better borrowing experience, and funded over $1 billion in student loans for tens of thousands of members.

The company’s enterprise platform, CommonBond for Business™, enables employers to offer a suite of student loan repayment benefits to their employees, helping attract and retain top talent in today’s workforce. And CommonBond is the first, and only, finance company with a "one-for-one" social mission: for every loan it funds, CommonBond also funds the education of a child in need, through its partnership with Pencils of Promise.