Frequently Asked Questions

Entry Requirements
What do I need to apply for the competition?

Simply an idea. This of a product that can aim to solve a social challenge. Draw up a quick design of the product and apply to the competition!

I want to participate but I’m not ready to apply. How can I stay involved?

Not ready? No problem! We communicate with our innovators routinely and we would love to hear your ideas on how you want to make a difference in the world. Check out our Innovation News so you can hear others’ inspirational stories. Also, be sure to post your ideas on Idea Forum and let us if you want to participate in our biweekly Video Sessions. You don’t have to submit an idea to this competition yet if you’re not ready, but we would still love to work with you on your innovation journey!

Do I need a prototype to apply?

No! We are different from other competitions in that we do not require you to create a physical product to win. You can draw a quick sketch on the back of a napkin, take a picture, and submit it! It will take you 10 minutes tops but it’s worth a shot!

I have an idea but I don’t know if it’s ready for this competition. Is there someone I can connect with get me ready for this competition?

Yes! Please contact us directly at and include your idea and the level of support you require to get you ready to submit your application for this competition. We have a network of social entrepreneurs, mentors, and innovators who are ready to assist you throughout this process.

Yes! You can copy this template and use it to create your social business model! Feel free to customize it as needed to fit your idea or product.

I want to add the social business model, but I need a reference to what the competition requires. Is there a template?


Start Date

February 1, 2020

February 21, 2020

Round 1 Closes

Semi Finalists Announced

February 29, 2020

Round 2 Submissions Due

March 09, 2020

Finalists Announced

March 14, 2020

Round 3 Submissions Due

March 25, 2020

Winner announced

March 31, 2020