OSV Institute awarded three $100,000 prizes to Catholic Sprouts, Eden Invitation, and Juan Diego Network on August 29 at Demo Day, the culmination of a yearlong international Innovation Challenge designed to incubate project ideas that will make a profound impact on the Church and the world. Demo Day was hosted virtually and attended by more than 400 people, including fellow entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, Catholic thought leaders, and many supportive family members and friends. A total of 12 finalists presented their final pitches to a panel of expert judges followed by the long-awaited announcement of the three winning organizations.
Beginning last August, more than 350 Catholic entrepreneurs submitted applications for their “napkin idea” to be considered for the OSV Innovation Challenge, established in partnership with Catholic Creatives, Notre Dame IDEA Center, and SENT. More than just a contest, the OSV Innovation Challenge was an incubator experience for participants who aimed to think beyond the status quo and to view the Catholic Church through the lenses of innovation and creativity. Narrowed down to 12 finalists last May, Catholic Sprouts, Eden Invitation, and Juan Diego Network were selected to receive funding to support and grow some of the brightest ideas in the Church today.
“I am proud, inspired, and hopeful,” said Jason Shanks, President of OSV Institute at the conclusion of Demo Day. “I am proud of these three winners who, for almost a year, have worked extremely hard over multiple stages to get to this point. I am most hopeful for the future of the Church and am already looking forward to the next round of innovative ideas in the OSV Innovation Challenge 2021!”