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UpPrize is helping Pittsburgh nonprofit, for-profit and social entrepreneurs create positive social returns with purpose-driven innovation. Learn more about the competition
|Open Submission||Semi-Finalists Selected||Finalists Selected||Showcase + Awards|
|Oct 3 - Nov 30||By Dec 21||By Feb 10||Mar 30|
|156 Ideas||9 Ideas||10 Ideas||10 Ideas|
Doers, makers, coders, tinkerers, researchers, hackers, designers, -- we want to hear your product ideas. Our team of researchers has worked with over 100 nonprofits to identify the areas in which innovation can make a measurable difference in improving the lives of our neighbors. Everyone is invited to submit a solution to either or both of the two UpPrize challenges. Nonprofits, start-ups, established firms, students, and government agencies are eligible to apply.
The submission process is easy. Let us know some basic information about your idea/product and upload a short video. Applicants have until November 30 to submit their solution. Those selected to advance to the finalist round will be eligible to win cash grants and investments ranging from $10,000 to $300,000.
Designed in partnership with more than 100 nonprofit organizations, the UpPrize challenges invite entrepreneurial thinkers to change the world for the better. View Challenges
Awards will include $10,000 grants for finalists, and winners will be eligible for grants and investments of up to $300,000, as well as additional benefits and support.
UpPrize is open to nonprofits, start-ups, established firms, students, and government agencies. Anyone, from a student to a seasoned entrepreneur is eligible to participate.
UpPrize was launched in 2015. In our first year we crafted three challenges that attracted 111 applicants. The final eight pitched their solutions before a live audience to determine the winner.
View UpPrize 2015 Results
Through a rigorous research phase involving more than 100 non-profit partners, we have identified a set of high-impact opportunities for purpose-driven innovation.
Beginning in October 2016 we are calling for the community to submit their products and ideas as potential solutions to the challenge areas. Nonprofits, start-ups, established firms, students, and government agencies are eligible to apply.
Through two rounds of selection, an expert panel of judges will recommend finalists and complete due-diligence on the teams and their solutions. Finalists will receive $10,000 and compete for up to $300,000 to develop and implement their idea(s).
Awards will include $10,000 grants for finalists, and an additional $300,000 in grants and $300,000 in investments. Additional targeted support will be provided through a network of partners.
Doers, makers, coders, tinkerers, researchers, hackers, designers -- we want to hear your product or service ideas. All entrepreneurs, including nonprofits, for-profits, start-ups, established firms, students, and government agencies are invited to submit a solution. Submissions matching at least one of our criteria have the best chance of being accepted as a part of UpPrize’s “Open Submission” call for entries.
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