TechAction is one of five finalists competing for prizes totaling $10,000 in the Social Venture Plan Competition (SVCP) sponsored by the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

The finalists will present their plans at the SVCP on April 22, on the campus of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, to a panel of judges consisting of venture capitalists, private investors, bankers, and entrepreneurs.

Raleigh-based TechAction is a new non-profit group that connects technology professionals in career transition with non-profit organizations and schools who need their services.

Rebecca Saydak, director of development for TechAction and graduate student at Notre Dame, will present the group’s business plan in the SVPC. She has been with TechAction since its founding in November, and worked with Executive Director Warren Fuson and the TechAction staff to draft its business plan.

“We’re very excited that TechAction’s business plan is a finalist in this prestigious competition,” Fuson said. “We’ve worked very hard to create an innovative plan that will help us fulfill our mission, and it is very gratifying to have our work acknowledged in this way.”

Notre Dame’s 3rd Annual SVPC is designed to recognize the combination of entrepreneurism with a social mission/purpose. The competition is open to students and alumni of Notre Dame, and all entrants must represent a new social venture organization or a new business proposal for existing organizations.

Thirty-four teams submitted initial concept overviews in the first round of judging from which nine teams were selected and asked to submit full business plans. Five teams, including TechAction, were chosen as finalists.