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Using Ven to support causes

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Hub Culture manages a number of initiatives related to non-profits and causes in the community.  A category in the Store dedicated to causes features worthwhile projects, donations and activities across a range of subjects and ideas, ranging from environmental protection and investment to poverty alleviation, development, education, and health.  Members who purchase these projects make a Ven donation to the particular cause, and 100% of Ven is donated to the project in question.  

The Ven Prize

The Ven Prize is an award toward sustainable, circular, cellular economic systems in Hub Culture and the world at large. 

The Prize launched October 1, 2009 at the Hub Culture Los Angeles Pavilion at the Governor's Global Climate Summit . 

The Prize began with a V100,000 base and is growing. The current value of the Prize is: V102,680. A periodic prize, no winner of the Ven Prize has yet been announced.

Criterion for Selection:

The Ven Prize is open to Hub Culture members creating projects that help lead Hub Culture and the world at large toward a sustainable, circular, cellular economic system:   Sustainable.  Circular.  Cellular.


The current round deadline for application submissions ends July 30, 2014, but may be extended depending on the quality of applications received.

Judging Panel:

7 leaders in sustainability judge applicant projects toward the Ven Prize.  

Application Components:

Applicants to the Ven Prize must submit their application in the form of a Hub Culture group consisting of the following components:

Team Members 
Any members of the Group providing the application are considered to be team members, as such, they must be Hub Culture members.

Application Fee
An application fee of V800 is required to submit an application to the prize.  Of this, V500 goes directly to the prize bank.  As such, every applicant to the Ven Prize raises the total pool of awardable Ven. 

Application Materials
Consist of 3 components:  
a.  a web video presentation no longer than 3 minutes uploaded to youtube or vimeo.
b. an executive summary with project outline and use of funds no longer than 5 pages
c. solid evidence of collaborative progress on the Project using the Hub Culture group tools.

The Everest Award

The Everest Award is an award to recognize members and member companies that go to extreme and creative lengths to help others.

The Award launched in May 2011 in recognition of Rob Hart, the first Hub Culture member to scale Mt. Everest, who donated funds raised around his climb toRoom to Read, an educational charity working to construct a school in Nepal supporting children's education, and to do similar work in South Africa, Rob's homeland. 

The Prize began with a V10,000 base  and is growing with donations made each year.  The next winner of this annual prize be announced in May 2014.

Criterion for Selection:

The Everest Award is open only to Hub Culture members and member companies.


The next winner of the Everest Award will be announced in May 2014.  

Judging Panel:

Hub Culture selects and announces the winner of the award based on independent criterion, highlighting those who go to extreme lengths to assist others.