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About UpPrize

UpPrize is helping Pittsburgh nonprofit, for-profit and social entrepreneurs create positive social returns with purpose-driven innovation.

The Challenge

UpPrize is a social innovation challenge that creates cross-sector partnerships to solve some of our community’s most pressing problems. Through in-depth research, we identify areas in which innovation is heavily needed and then extend an open call to the community for solutions. The competition is staged to help ideas and solutions that started in an existing innovation ecosystem develop to their highest potential. The most promising applicants receive grants and/or investments from our challenge sponsors to advance their ideas. This year, we’re looking for ideas that change lives in two Challenge areas: Impactful Technology and Healthy Food. We invite nonprofits, start-ups, established firms, students and government agencies to submit a solution to either or both of the two UpPrize challenges. UpPrize was created through a unique partnership between BNY Mellon, the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and The Forbes Funds.

2016 Challenge Partners

UpPrize Founding Partners

The Forbes Funds

The Forbes Funds builds the management capacity and impact of community-based nonprofits individually and collectively. A supporting organization of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Forbes Funds has more than 30 years of experience in providing technical assistance, training, and leadership to advance a more effective and sustainable nonprofit sector. Additional information is available at or by following on Twitter @theforbesfunds.

BNY Mellon

BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of June 30, 2016, BNY Mellon had $29.5 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.7 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). BNY Mellon enables positive change through philanthropic donations and social investments, and empowers its employees to use their skills and resources to make a difference in the communities where they live and work. Additional information is available on Follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon or visit our newsroom at for the latest company news.