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William James Foundation Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition: Live Finalist Presentations on April 10th in Washington, DC.

William James Foundation WASHINGTON, DC, April 5, 2010 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- The William James Foundation (WJF) is hosting our 7th annual Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition finalist presentations and awards ceremony on Saturday, April 10th at the U Street Affinity Lab in Washington, DC. The event runs from 10am to 6pm, with a reception to follow, and is free to those who RSVP at

This event will feature active networking and presentations by sustainable entrepreneurs and topic experts. Representatives from The Affinity Lab, Bethesda Green, & The Hub will discuss incubating social enterprises.

At 3:00 PM, the finalists for the Affinity Lab DC prize (BizWiz, Company Social Hall, & Kwai []) will make their case to judges and the audience. They are competing for over $10,000 in prizes donated by area companies such as The Affinity Lab, Joint Concepts, Community IT Innovators, Yes! Circle.

At 4:30 PM, the finalists in the overall competition (Advancing Engineering Consultants, Nuru Energy, & Prosperity Candle) will make their case to judges and the audience. They are competing for over $80,000 in cash and in-kind prizes donated by organizations such as Enjuba, HIP Investor, Social Enterprise Associates, CitySoft, Free Range Studios, Investor’s Circle. Seven teams have received Honorable Mention status. They are: BizWiz, BlindSpot Cycles, Conservation and Climate Security International, EGG-energy, Epothecary, Pear Tree Preschool, & Tibetan Social Service Center.

Several other prize winners from our competition will be announced on April 10th. Listed in alphabetical order, they include:

The Africa Prize sponsored by Foundation
The finalists are: EGG-energy & Nuru Light

The Richard Heinberg Sustainability Prizes, sponsored by the Foundation for a Sustainable Future
The finalists are: EGG-energy, Kwai, & Pear Tree Preschool

The Social Media Prize sponsored by VisCap Funds
The finalists are: Company Social Hall & Pear Tree Preschool

The Sustainability as a Profit Driver Prize, sponsored by Strategic Sustainability Consulting
The finalists are: Pear Tree Preschool & Kwai

The Sustainable Agriculture Prize sponsored by Better World Telecom
The finalists are: Brooklyn Victory Garden & Local Orbit.

The Community Economic Development Prize sponsored by Wall Street Without Walls
The finalists are: BizWiz, Local Orbit, Passiv Structures, & Solar for All.

More than 150 teams from over 40 countries entered this year's competition. They received more than 3,250 pages of detailed feedback from over 250 reading judges. These readers included experts in social ventures and traditional business plans, Wall Street professionals, academics, and CEOs of national for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. A small sample of our judges is listed at

The William James Foundation congratulates all of our entrants for their hard work throughout the competition process. For more information on our competition or our event, contact Ian Fisk at

Contact Info:
Ian Fisk
Executive Director,
the William James Foundation