HELPING PEOPLE AND IDEAS RISE
Round 2 of Dough has launched in September of 2023!
In 2021, Wayzata Community Church awarded a portion of a $200,000 prize pool
to 5 amazing ideas that continue to do good in the world today!
This September we will launch our 2nd Round of Dough. This time the prize pool will be $225,000 and we look forward to meeting and investing in a whole new group of incredible people who are doing good in the world. Visit this webpage often for updates, applications, and information.
We can’t wait to work together to help “people and ideas rise”.
How Does Dough Work?
PHASE 1: APPLY (September 2023 – January 2, 2024)
Applicants city-wide are invited to submit an introduction to their ideas to change the world for the better via this website.
PHASE 2: SCREEN (January 2024)
All ideas will be screened according to an objective set of criteria evaluating the concept around three questions:
• Is this a good idea?
• Is this a feasible idea?
• Is this fit with Wayzata Community Church values?
Selected semi-finalists will be moved to Phase 3.
PHASE 3: NAVIGATE (January 2024 – May 2024)
Semi-finalists will be paired up with a “Navigator” who will serve as a main point of contact to shepherd applicants forward through the process. In this phase, “Skills Coaches”–church members who have deep knowledge and who are willing to provide their support to you at no cost–will be available to help you polish your idea. Learn more about how DOUGH’s coaching works via this video.
An in-person “Rise Day” on February 24, 2024, will gather all semi-finalists to experience hands-on consulting support, critical pitch help, business and strategy planning assistance, as well as invaluable networking with other like-minded young social entrepreneurs. The point of “Rise Day” is to prepare for “Pitch Week.
PHASE 4: PITCHING (May 2024)
“Pitch Week” will be an applicant’s opportunity to finally pitch their idea to a group of judges empowered by the church to award funding from a pool of $225,000 to the best pitches and ideas.
“…and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)