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Earlham is a place where social entrepreneurship is thriving.

The Earlham Prize for Creative Capitalism is a business plan competition that helps students move their passions, ideas, and ideals from theory to practice through the lens of social entrepreneurship and creative capitalism.

The competition provides a platform for students to transform their ideas into real world business plans.

Teams entered in the 2016-17 competition focused on such diverse issues as food scarcity here in Richmond, educational opportunities for children in Africa and alternative energy sources in Haiti.

Methane -hub

In the inaugural competition, “Methane Hub” earned the first-place prize of $20,000 and office space at the Richmond Innovation Center. The winners are interested in transforming fecal matter into methane, which can then serve as an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative energy source in low-income communities in Haiti.