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The ELS Case Competition offers a unique eight-week opportunity for young leaders and executives to work together to solve a community issue. Teams will be immersed in learning about a particular challenge and positioned to identify creative solutions, develop personally and professionally, sharpen their virtual presence, and form an instant network of individuals with diverse backgrounds and leadership styles.

ELS created this “Shark Tank” style competition to allow for innovative thinking, problem-solving and professional development, all while offering up ideas that may have a long-term impact on our community.

All teams pitch to a panel of judges in rounds one and two. Three teams proceed to the final round.

Funds raised, and the case itself, will focus on addressing local hunger and access to food.

Currently, Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) is sponsoring a team for United Way’s Emerging Leaders Society Case Competition. The HYPE team has 3-5 spots available. HYPE members with an interest in joining the ELS Case Competition team can email HYPE Executive Director Mia Sinatro.