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UPPRIZE 2024

The UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge, powered by Innovation Works and funded by the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, creates cross-sector partnerships to solve some of our community’s most pressing problems.

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The UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge, powered by Innovation Works and funded by the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, creates cross-sector partnerships to solve some of our community’s most pressing problems.

UpPrize 2024

The UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge, powered by Innovation Works and funded by the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, creates cross-sector partnerships to solve some of our community’s most pressing problems.

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UPPRIZE 2004 SEMI-FINALIST ANNOUNCEMENT

Join us to celebrate social innovation in Southwestern PA as we announce the ten UpPrize 2024 Semifinalists!

THREE FINALISTS WILL BE AWARDED PRIZES TOTALING $300,000

$125,000

FIRST PLACE

$100,000

SECOND PLACE

$75,000

THIRD PLACE

INTRODUCING: THE UPPRIZE MASTERCLASS

Finalists will be part of this inaugural cohort starting in January 2025. Led by entrepreneurial experts,
this module is specifically designed to provide insights into customer acquisition and retention. Additionally, participants will receive access to Innovation Works' networking events and support.

Applications are NOW OPEN for UpPrize 2024!

Congrats to our 2023 Winners!

FARM TO FLAME

Sustainability Winner

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KORION HEALTH

Racial Equity Winner

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SUSTAINIBLE

Economic Justice Winner

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TESTA SEAT

Sustainability Runner Up

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Everyone Wins!

The UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge, administered by Innovation Works and fully funded by the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, will return for its seventh cycle to bridge the gap between the nonprofit and entrepreneurial communities and increase the number of impactful technology-based solutions targeted to critical social challenges.

For 2024, the UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge will focus on harnessing technology to tackle urgent challenges. From preserving the environment to ensuring healthcare affordability and promoting gender equality, we encourage innovation across multiple sectors. Join us in addressing issues like education accessibility, LGBTQ+ rights, disability inclusion, housing affordability, food security, clean energy, and civic engagement through cutting-edge solutions

A HISTORY OF STRONG SUPPORT

Since its launch in 2015, the UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge has allocated more than $ 2.8 million in investments, grants, and technical assistance. The 2024 cycle will continue the mission of supporting impactful technology that improves nonprofit service delivery and the lives and experiences of people in the region. UpPrize applications will be accepted until July 8th, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.

Everyone Wins!

The UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge, administered by Innovation Works and fully funded by the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, will return for its sixth cycle to bridge the gap between the nonprofit and entrepreneurial communities and increase the number of impactful technology-based solutions targeted to critical social challenges.
For 2023, the UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge will focus on technologies supporting racial equity, economic justice, and sustainability while also strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion among entrepreneurs and businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania’s tech ecosystem.

A History of Strong Support

Since its launch in 2015, the UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge has allocated more than $ 2.8 million in investments, grants, and technical assistance. The 2023 cycle will continue the mission of supporting impactful technology that improves nonprofit service delivery and the lives and experiences of people in the region. UpPrize applications will be accepted until July 10, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.

EVENTS RECAP

2022 RECAP

OUR 2022 WINNERS

PRECISION NEUROSCOPICS

FIRST PLACE

$150,000 AWARD

MEERKAT VILLAGE

SECOND PLACE

$100,000 AWARD

MAKE IT HOME SAFE

THIRD PLACE

$50,000 AWARD