Earlham Prize for Creative Capitalism

The Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity and the Department of Global Management are sponsors of the Earlham Prize for Creative Capitalism: The Business Plan Competition for Social Entrepreneurship.

An opportunity to make an impact for good, anywhere in the world.

This competition has showcased how Earlham students channel their desire to create change into solutions for real-world problems. New participants will follow in the footsteps of students who envisioned change for Richmond, Kenya, Vietnam and points in between.

2019 winners

The 2019 first-place team Quralew Co-op provides sustainable employment through waste management in Ethiopia.

2019 first-place team photo

Our donors

The CEIC is grateful for generous support from our donors who make the Earlham Prize for Creative Capitalism possible.

  • Anonymous
  • Blue Buffalo
  • Economic Growth Group, Richmond, IN
  • The Lilly Endowment Inc.
  • The Max and Anna Levinson Foundation

See our success: past winners

Earlham is a place where social entrepreneurship is thriving. Read about the many students honored for their vision through the Earlham Prize for Creative Capitalism below.


First place$20,000
Second place$5,000
Third place$2,000
Fourth place$1,000
Fifth place$500

In 2019, the first-place winner was Quralew Co-op. Their plan works towards reducing pollution and providing sustainable employment through waste management to improve quality of life in the Southern NationsRegion of Ethiopia.

Going home with the second-place prize was CooKool with a mobile technology-based app that provides recipe recommendations based on ingredients users have in their kitchens. This project aims to reduce food waste.

Third-place team EcoVibe hopes to take the lead in environmental sustainability of wet markets in Vietnam through innovative promotion of eco-friendly bags.

Fourth place was awarded to NadaBot, and fifth place was awarded to Bag Benefit.


Mashinani Farmers Initiative captured first place and are now partnering with small-scale farmers in Kenya to address poor farm yields and a shortage of food.

The second-place team, Easy Connect, received the Blue Buffalo Award. Their project integrates technology with existing yet inefficient transportation resources in Richmond to create a more reliable and sustainable system.

Third place was awarded to The Breakfast Club, a food delivery service dedicated to solving an urban problem in Vietnam: the unhealthy breakfast routine of students due to parents’ and schools’ inability to provide nutritious options.

Fourth place was awarded to Resource Fuel, and fifth place was awarded to Richmond Reliable.

Methane Hub earned the first-place prize and office space at the Richmond Innovation Center. This team works to transform fecal matter into methane, an affordable and environmentally friendly energy source for low-income communities in Haiti.

The second-place award went to Spriland Nutrition. Their project is an innovative solution to tackle malnutrition in Vietnam: an affordable protein bar made of insect powder that offers tremendous nutritional value.

Know Hunger, Know More, composed of Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion students, garnered third-place. This group focused on tackling the pressing issue of food insecurity in Richmond and Wayne County.

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