Competitions, grants, crowdfunding sites, and other financial resources for early stage projects.

Featured Funding Resources

google.org

Through the global giving programs, they accelerate and scale the work of innovators around the world who are using technology to combat humanity’s biggest challenges. Locally, they support nonprofits in their efforts to tackle society’s greatest challenges and make our communities stronger.

Timeline: Many: year-round
Location: Any
Eligibility: Any

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BigIdeas@Berkeley

Up to $300,000 in funding for teams with ideas for social impact across a number of categories. At least one team member must be a student at UC Berkeley or a Big Ideas partner university.

Timeline: 1: Fall
Location: Any (see eligibility criteria)
Eligibility: Students

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Better Ventures

Venture capital firm providing funding to companies creating scalable, technology-driven social impact projects with initial investments of $25,000-$200,000 in early-stage companies. Strong preference for Bay Area-based companies, especially in Oakland and Berkeley.

Timeline: Rolling deadlines
Location: Any
Eligibility: Any

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DRK Grant by Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Partners with entrepreneurs to build strong and capable non-profit organizations. Provides unrestricted capital via multi-year funding to startups, management assistance, support, and a network of entrepreneurs are provided.

Timeline: Rolling deadlines
Location: US
Eligibility: Non-profit

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Echoing Green Fellowship

Provides seed-funding, up to $90,000, to social innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide who challenge status quo and aim to create social change addressing key issues. Provides individualized leadership development opportunities, peer learning workshops, technical assistance, one-on-one counseling, and access to the impressive Echoing Green network, including over 700 program alumni.

Timeline: 1: Fall
Location: US
Eligibility: Any

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The 12-month program selects Ambassadors who work as entrepreneurs, industry, government, or academia, and are prepared to be leaders and change agents in promoting invention in the STEM fields. There will be advocacy opportunities, public engagement activities and symposiums to engage media, policy makers, and the public.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Any

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    The 12-month fellowship for individuals is dedicated to serving the poor and who have the business, leadership, and operational expertise. The fellowship begins with an eight-week training program in New York that culminates in a nine-month fieldwork with a company in the US or abroad, and long-term connection opportunities post-program.




  • Timeline: 1: Winter
    Location: US (New York), International
    Eligibility: Any

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    Provides early-mid stage companies investment capital between $0.25M to $3M to create social and economic impact on impoverished poluations in developing regions.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: International (Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Pakistan, Latin America)
    Eligibility: Non-profit, For-profit

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    Teams of talented graduate students work with affordable-housing organizations to develop innovative and comprehensive development proposals to address housing issues in Greater Boston, with up to $3k-10k in prizes




  • Timeline: 1: Winter
    Location: US (Boston)
    Eligibility: Students (Graduate, and 2 members must be from a Boston university)

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    Database of startups, professionials, markets and their locations, salaries and evaluations of startups, and incubators. Also provides a list of over 45k startup jobs and detailed information, access to top deals through investor-led syndicates, learning opportunities from angels and Venture Capitalists, fundraising opportunities for over 800 startups, team recruitment, and trending startups.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    A global network of social entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, policy makers and activists working together to create systemic change. Join a current project or create a new project and broadcast yourself to investors, connect with peers, travel to workshops and bootcamps, and receive potential funding and feedback




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Actively searches for social entrepreneurs with new, innovative solutions to solve society’s pressing problems. Fellows receive lifetime network support and stipends that support their research.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Group of angel investors who are alumni, faculty, and former faculty of UC Berkeley. They strive to promote entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education within UC Berkeley and the alumni community.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any (preferably affiliated with UC Berkeley, especially STUDENTS And ALUMNI)

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    6 month incubator program + 6 month extension option that provides additional resources and mentorship for companies working to solve today’s pressing energy and climate problems. Winners receive an additional $5,000 in funding for a total of $10,000 in seed funds for participation in The Foundry, as well as access to BECI‘s extensive network of energy and climate experts from both UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz
    Eligibility: Students, Faculty, staff, or alumni (at one of the four CITRIS campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, or UC Santa Cruz)

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    Resources and mentors for companies working on health-related technologies that combine traditional life science with integrated digital technologies (software, hardware and/or services). Winners are accepted into the QB3 Startup-in-a-Box program (6 month incubator program + 6 month continuation option) and have access to the QB3@953 shared space, mentors, and entrepreneurial community.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, UCSF
    Eligibility: Students, faculty, staff, or alumni (at one of the four CITRIS campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, or UC Santa Cruz, and UCSF)

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    The Blackstone Innovation Grants will be awarded to organizations that are tackling the big challenges facing entrepreneurship and that, through their work, are building an increasingly inclusive and prosperous society. The Foundation is looking for big, bold ideas – across sectors and in a variety of regions – that have the potential for creating lasting change at a major regional, national and/or global scale.




  • Timeline: 1: Fall
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Non-profit

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    For biomedical and bioengineering students who have ideas for a health device, product, or technology that will address a current medical issue. Winners receive up to $10,000 in funding and recognition at the annual MD&M Medical Device Tradeshow and Convention.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Students (UG and Graduate, 1 must be an Engineering Student)

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    Core grantees have access to the Foundation’s extensive Capacity-Building Program, which offers grantees one-on-one consultation with experienced providers of nonprofit management assistance, monthly trainings, and access to the Small Grants Pool, which grantees can request small supplementary grants for technical assistance, leadership development, and to expand their capacity to engage in community organizing. Grants range from $250 to $5000




  • Timeline: Rolling Deadlines
    Location: US (NYC)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Online social networking and campaigning platform to discover, support and organize campaigns, fundraisers, and petitions around social, political, and cultural issues




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Non-profit

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    The CGI U Innovation Fund will source, support, and feature the most effective, high-impact college student entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world by providing critical, early-stage seed funding for their Commitments to Action.




  • Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Students

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    Technical platform and list of challenge and prize competitions, all of which are run by more than 80 agencies under the federal government. These include technical, scientific, ideation, and creative competitions where the U.S. government seeks innovative solutions from the public, bringing the best ideas and talent together to solve mission-centric problems.

    Keywords: Any topic



  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    A total of $250,000 will be awarded to 18 partnerships that aim to improve the quality of life in Berkeley through education, art and culture, economic self-sufficiency, neighborhood development, and community safety. Each of the funded projects will be carried out collaboratively, featuring a partnership between a local organization and UC Berkeley, students, faculty or staff.




  • Timeline: 2: Fall, Spring
    Location: Bay Area, UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Any (must include at least one eligible community and university partner)

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    Largest annual social impact awards ceremony in the United States that recognizes non-profit and social enterprise programs run by social impact organizations around the world, with topics addressing global poverty and hunger, disease, education, climate change, disaster response and preparedness, and health care accessibility.




  • You must be nominated for this opportunity.
    Timeline: 1: Winter
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Non-profit, For-profit

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    Compete for cash and prizes and represent your school in competition encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity in students who are working on cutting-edge inventions at their colleges and universities nationwide.




  • Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Students

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    Grants for new,untested organizations and general institutional support of up to $40,000 to $45,000 for each year of eligibility: start-up organizations are eligible for five consecutive years of support; other categories are eligible for up to three years. Grants are made for one year at a time, and grantees must reapply annually.




  • Timeline: Rolling Deadlines
    Location: US (NYC)
    Eligibility: Any

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    1 year grants of $100 to $2,000 to fund graduate student research or creative projects that address issues of race, gender, and their intersections. Projects that focus on race and gender on the Berkeley campus and its neighboring communities are especially encouraged and prioritized.




  • Timeline: 2: Spring, Fall
    Location: US (Berkeley)
    Eligibility: Students (UCB Graduate)

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    1 year grants of $100 to $2,000 to fund undergraduate student research or creative projects that address issues of race, gender, and their intersections. Projects that focus on race and gender on the Berkeley campus and its neighboring communities are especially encouraged and prioritized.




  • Timeline: 2: Spring, Fall
    Location: US (Berkeley)
    Eligibility: Students (UCB Undergraduate)

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    Helps entrepreneurs connect with investors and grow high-impact ventures.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Online crowdfunding tool for non-profits, event fundraising, special occasion fundraising, team projects, and personal endeavors. Has a “point” system to incentivize funders and project developers.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Funds social entrepreneurs and early-stage startupsworldwide that can develop better ways to distribute existing proven life-enhancing technologies in health, financial services and technology to actual people in need in developing regions. Mentorship and $10,000-$20,000 is awarded to 5-15 social entrepreneures to help pilot their ideas, launch their work, and attract significant support.




  • Timeline: Winter
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Provides a $10k maximum grant to UG and Graduate students in the United States actively working for peace and justice. Grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international, anti-imperialist solidarity, with a strong preference to award grants to students who are planning on staying in the United States and building the progressive movement here.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Students (UG and Graduate)

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    Purpose is to accelerate the growth of early-stage ventures affiliated with UC Berkeley that have a minimum viable product and some measurable validation with the singular goal of preparing new ventures to be investor-ready. A total prize amount of $15,000 will be shared among the top two or three teams during a 2.5-month program that includes workspace, access to a broad network of advisors and mentors (with the possibility of a match), and a vibrant community of entrepreneurs.




  • Timeline: 3: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students (UCB) At least one founder must be a current UC Berkeley student, postdoctoral scholar, faculty member or UC Berkeley alumnus who has graduated in the last 5 years.

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    DEBUT challenges teams of students in undergraduate biomedical education to solve real world problems in healthcare. Prizes of up to $20,000 will be awarded.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Students (Undergraduate)

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    A year-round grant competition for innovative ideas, pilots and tests them using cutting-edge analytical methods, and scales solutions that demonstrate widespread impact and cost-effectivenes in developing countries.




  • Timeline: Rolling Deadlines
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Recognizes and rewards students and 18 universities for their innovation and research of sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems. The grand prize is a $10,000 award while the runner-up prize is $2,500, along with access to networks of thought leaders and peers.




  • Timeline: 1: Fall
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Students (Graduate)* Might be restricted to specific universitiy's students (see notes). Over 18 Universities can participate

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    4-month Summer Research Fellowship that grants 10 $5k grants to engineering students engaged in global development, supported by a grant from the United Engineering Foundation (UEF). The Fellowship is a new offering from E4C’s Innovation Lab, which supports the development of knowledge tools for designers, manufacturers and implementers of poverty‐alleviating products and services. Fellows will deepen their understanding of development engineering through research, analysis and normalization of solutions




  • Timeline: 1: Winter
    Location: Any (The Fellows may be based in their location of residence)
    Eligibility: Students (Engineering) Senior undergraduate, graduate and post-graduates in engineering with a focus and/or specialization in global development aligned to E4C’s target sectors (i.e. Energy, Health, Water, Agriculture, Housing, Transport and Information

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    Here you can find ways to get actively involved in global development via paid and volunteer opportunities, as well as some funding opportunities. You can also submit an opportunity to be distributed to E4C’s talented and diverse community.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Finalists and semi-finalists of the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition can apply for a 6-month hybrid of virtual weekly learning sessions and five in-person weekend intensives helping entrepreneurs build their companies, with guidance from business and edtech experts in the field.




  • Timeline: 1: Winter
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Semi-Finalists and Finalists of the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition are eligible to join

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    Seeks to supports persons with charitable, religious, artistic, medical, ethical, educational, and scientific projects that promote the good of others. The twice-annual awards grants between $15k – $25k per applicant, given out by the Board of Trustees of the Trust have enabled scores of individuals to develop their passion for serving others.




  • Timeline: 2: Spring, Winter
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any (NO BUSINESSES or INSTITUTIONS)

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    Selects and supports a group of extraordinary entrepreneurs who have the potential to transform industries, communities and countries. Through a rigorous, multi-step selection process (12-18 months), candidates pass a series of local and regional interviews before presenting to panelists from our global business network at International Selection Panels held five to six times each year.




  • Timeline: 6: Year-round (6 selection days Applications are rolling, with many deadlines to apply)
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Students (MBA students)

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    Engineering Foundry Fellows are undergraduate STEM majors passionate about startups, and helping to create tomorrow’s leading companies. Fellows work closely with founders on critical issues related to specification, prototyping, manufacturing and design




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students (UG STEM major students)

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    Innovation Grants offered to students, faculty, and staff that are meant to encourage new and sustainable projects to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity on the UC Berkeley campus.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Students, Faculty, Staff (UCB)

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    The original and only patented equity online crowdfunding platform used by entrepreneurs, government entities, investors, business incubators, universities, and other members of the entrepreneurial communitiy to plan, analyze, and capitalize young, privately-held businesses.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Crowdfunding platform for scientific discoveries and experiments




  • Timeline: Rolling deadlines
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Any

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    International competition among business start-ups encouraging innovation in the urban food system to create businesses and discover technologies that will improve how we feed cities around the world. Finalists will prepare for 12 weeks with a mentor to compete and prepare for Showcase Day, where teams can win prizes totaling $50,000 and an incredible package of business startup products and services (split according to the number of categories that we discover after submissions are reviewed).




  • Timeline: 1: Fall
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level., with five library/learning centers and at more than 450 Funding Information Network locations nationwide and around the world.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Free online database on all U.S. foundations that give grants – more than 100,000 in total – updated weekly




  • Timeline: Rolling deadlines
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Announcements of research funding opportunities are typically posted on the dedicated websites of the relevant federal agency or other funder, as well as on government-wide sites like Grants.gov. Database of information to locate opportunities that match your needs and interests with various offices across campus providing ideas and search tools that can help.

    Keywords: Any topic



  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students (UCB)

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    Free online donation platform for any size fundraiser to raise funds from family, friends, and the community.

    Keywords: Any topic



  • Timeline: Rolling deadlines
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Interdisciplinary innovation competition open to all undergraduate students and recent graduates of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Winners earn a cash prize of $20,000 for first place and $10,000 for second place, a free U.S. patent filing by Georgia Tech’s Office of Technology Licensing, valued at approximately $20,000, for both the first-place and second-place winners, a People’s Choice Award of $5,000 selected by online and text voting during the event, and acceptance into the summer cohort of Flashpoint, a Georgia Tech business creation and innovation program.




  • Timeline: 1: Winter
    Location: US (Georgia)
    Eligibility: Students (Georgia Institute of Technology)

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    Free personal online fundraising website for individuals, groups & organizations. Serves as a central hub for receiving community support and donations.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Platform for Berkeley participants to launch startup companies in the real-world setting. Awards include office space, mentorship, and prize money, up to $30,000!




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students (UCB)

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    Personalized fundraising platform to raise money for projects, trips, ideas, for charities or loved ones, etc.

    Keywords: Any topic



  • Timeline: Rolling deadlines
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    The foundation funds and supports community-based programs, volunteer service projects, disaster relief and other initiatives to improve the quality of life in communities where Georgia-Pacific operates. GPF invests resources in four areas they believe make the most impact: education, environment, community enrichment and entrepreneurship.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Database of scholarships, grants and fellowships provided by the Graduate Division for Graduate students at UC Berkeley.

    Keywords: Any topic



  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students (Graduate)

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    Provides registered graduate student organizations (RSOs) additional funding up to $1200 for larger projects in the area of Student Activism, Campus Diversity, Community Service, and Educational improvement. Also provides funding for grad meetings, events, resources, publications, reavel, and contingency grants of varying amounts.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students (UCB Graduate)

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    Grants between $25,000 to $100,000 to existing non-profit organizations or programs focused on defined areas of interest including education, social services, environment, community development, arts and culture, and health.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Non-profit, Government

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    A system that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. Houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications for federal grant-making agencies.

    Keywords: Any topic



  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Haas Foundry Fellows are first and second-year FTMBAs, passionate about helping develop companies at the cutting edge of technology. Fellows work closely with founders to meet business challenges important to products, markets and investors on a 40-60 hour long engineering and business project over the course of a semester, which can also count for up to 10 academic units towards the students’ degree.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students (MBA students at UC Berkeley Haas)

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    HeadTalker allows you to share a message with unlimited people at once for free. Creators form a campaign that has a message and link that all the supporters agree to share on their social media accounts.

    Keywords: Any topic



  • Timeline: Rolling deadlines
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    An annual invention and entrepreneurship competition that awards up to $10,000 per team for innovative service projects that partner with and positively impact underserved communities around the world.




  • Timeline: 1: Winter
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Students (1 must be from MIT)

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    Opportunity for the private sector to solve the VA’s most pressing challenges across three topics: suicide intervention, improving veterans’ receptivity to mental healthcare, and improving mental wellness.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Crowdsourcing platform for corporations, government organizations, and non-profits to collaborate and build social networks of funders, competitors, and partnerships. Lists a database for targeted competitions where you can compete to provide ideas and solutions to important business, social, policy, scientific, and technical challenges, or find possible partners for your projects.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Non-profit, For-profit, Government

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    The Intel-Cornell Cup is a college-level embedded design competition created to empower student teams to become the inventors of the newest innovative applications of embedded technology. Teams have the opportunity to win up to $7,500.




  • Timeline: 1: Fall
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Students* - must be UG or Graduate Engineering students at a US college program (Foreign students are allowed so long as they are full-time undergraduate or Master’s of Engineering students in an accredited U.S. college program.)

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    Largest and most active early-stage impact investing network, with hundreds of angels, venture capitalists, foundations and family offices. To date, has invested in nearly $200 million into over 300 for-profit enterprises dedicated to improving the environment, education, health and community. Benefits include oppotrunities to participate in national and local pitch day events, networking, and monthly newsletters.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US
    Eligibility: For-profit, Non-profit*

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    Grant of up to $2000 awarded annually based on need, to one or more college or university students in the United States involved in public service, and enables students to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Students (UG or Grad)

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    Selects six Fellows during the spring semester from among the graduating classes at UC Berkeley and Stanford University and provides each a $30,000 stipend to work in the governmental or nonprofit organization that most closely fits their public sector interests. Fellows are matched with a senior-level mentor during their 10-month fellowship. Graduating seniors from any major field of study and attending UC Berkeley in the current academic year (December or May) who have a strong interest in public service are eligible to apply.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students (Graduating Seniors at UC Berkeley)

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    Provides support and educational programs for entrepreneurs to build economic independence by lowering barriers to entrepreneurial success and educational achievements, with a special focus on improvements in Kansas City.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any* (option to focus on Kansas City)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Crowdfunding platform to fundraise everything from films, games, dance, and music to art, design, and technology.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Crowdfunding platform for 0% interest loans for small businesses and startups to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, empowering individuals to create opportunity for themselves and others through safe, affordable access to capital. Provides Community Advisors, Mentorship, Small Business Development Centers, and creates jobs and economic opporutnities in low-income communities.

    Keywords: Any topic



  • Timeline: Rolling deadlines
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Any

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    3-month elite startup accelerator and competition designed to transform early stage startups into fundable companies, bringing together entrepreneurs, students and alumni from across the greater UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco communities. Teams are paired with serial-entrepreneur mentors and are led through a rigorous curriculum by the acclaimed UC Berkeley Faculty and can be awarded over $90,000 in cash and prizes at the annual Startup Expo and Demo Day.




  • Timeline: 1: Fall
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: Students and Alumni (UCB and UCSF)

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    A total of eight prizes awarded will be awarded in 2017, worth up to $10k-$15k, is open to teams of 2-5 undergraduate students and individual graduate students attending university in the US who have inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy: healthcare, transportation, food and agriculture, or consumer devices. (**Patents are encouraged but not required**)




  • Timeline: 1: Fall
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Students (UNDERGRADUATE - Team, GRADUATE - Individual)

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    Database of grants for innovators with promising but unproven approaches to important social problems. Grants are one-time, no more than two years, with stipends between $15,000 and $500,000.




  • You must be nominated for this opportunity.
    Timeline: 10: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any INDIVIDUAL (U.S. Residents/Citizens)

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    5-year grant culminating in $625,000 to 20-25 talented individuals nominated yearly who show exceptional creativity in their work, allowing recipients the flexibility to pursue their own artistic, intellectual, and professional activities in the absence of specific obligations or reporting requirements. While there are no limits on age or area of activity, individuals must be nominated.




  • You must be nominated for this opportunity.
    Timeline: 1: Fall
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any INDIVIDUAL (U.S. Residents/Citizens)

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    Provites multiple cash prizes worth $1k – $40k to social entrepreneurs and investors with innovative ideas or ventures in education from around the world, ranging from those structured on local or global needs, public or private issues, Pre-K through adult education, and social or for-profit ventures.




  • Timeline: 1: Winter
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    The Lemelson-MIT Prize is awarded to outstanding mid-career inventors (either individual or pair), who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society, which has been adopted for practical use, or has a high probability of being adopted. Potential nomineeds are inventors, venture capitalists, engineers, or other influential professionals in the fields of science, engineering, medical or business.




  • You must be nominated for this opportunity.
    Timeline: 1: Fall
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Any (w. a Bachelor's Degree)

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    A premier business-plan competition and mentorship program for university and graduate students with ideas at various stages of development addressing food and agribusiness. Finalists will present their business plan at the Award Ceremony and compete to win, with up to $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded ($12k, $8k, and $5k for first through third place, respectively).




  • Timeline: 1: Winter
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Students

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    Annually recognizes exceptionally talented young inventors, entrepreneurs, visionaries, humanitarians, and pioneers whose work in science and technology has great potential to transform the world.




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    Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Offers competitions and awards cash prizes honoring entrepreneurial ventures and city, state and national governments supporting entrepreneurial ventures that are changing the world – helping to improve the quality of life and revitalize the environment and economy of communities and developing regions through sustainable transportation (New Mobility) enterprise. Competitions include: Global Grand Mobi, Michigan Mobi, Enterprising City/State/Nation Mobi, Mobi – x India: honoring New Mobility related entrepreneurs, big businesses and government agencies, and the New Opportunity: For Connected And Automated Mobility Solutions, as well as the People’s Choice Voting. Applicants receive access to the Mobi platform, a cyberspace that crowd sources, connects, honors and advances New Mobility enterprises globally.




  • Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: For-profit, government*

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    Lists grants available since 2001 concerning scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements, and preservation of the special character of the San Francisco Bay Area.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Harvard Business School Alumni pursuing new business and social-impact ventures can participate in one of 15 regional competitions hosted by 18 alumni “hub” clubs around the world. The winning team from each regional competition attends the NVC finale and advances to online crowd vote finals where $2k – $50k is awarded to the top 3 voted teams.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: Any (1 member must be a Harvard ALUMNI)
    Eligibility: ANY* - 1 member must be a Harvard Business School MBA student and a HBS ALUMNI *A team may include students from any other school within Harvard, students from other universities and non-students.

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    Facilitates philanthropists, venture capitalists, and social entrepreneurs by providing prizes up to $150,000, a series of workshops and office hours, and feedback from expert judges. There is a $1,500,000 limit in seed capital raised and a $2,000,000 limit in revenue generated. However, plans to create hedge funds, investments, private equities or venture capital funds are generally not eligible.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: Any (1 member must be from Harvard)
    Eligibility: ANY* - 1 member must be a Harvard Business School MBA student *A team may include students from any other school within Harvard, students from other universities and non-students.

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    Ventures that drive social change using nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid models.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: Any (1 member must be from Harvard)
    Eligibility: ANY* - 1 member must be a Harvard Business School MBA student *A team may include students from any other school within Harvard, students from other universities and non-students.

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    Grants support organization and advoacy groups with community-initiated solutions to solve local problems, constituents mobilizing for adequate and equitable resources, and groups organizing a collective voice among those whose voices have not been heard in New York City. Start-up organizations eligible for five consecutive years of support; other categories are eligible for up to three years. Grants are made for one year at a time, and grantees must reapply annually. Grants range from $40,000 to $45,000 for each year of eligibility.




  • Timeline: 3: Spring, Summer, Winter
    Location: US (NYC)
    Eligibility: Non-profit

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    10 week internship position for undergraduate students (junior or serniors preferred) to oversee the Summer Internship in Community Organizing (SICO) program which enables current grantees to hire young people who are interested in exploring the field of community organizing in NYC. Intern conducts site visits to the SICO interns, coordinates an orientation session, writes a report about the summer program, reviews proposals, participates in program meetings and grantee site visits, and attends funder briefings




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: US (NYC)
    Eligibility: Student (UG Junior or Senior preferred)

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    Seeks to facilitate international science cooperation by providing a free open-resource and grant-listing forum for funders and grantseekers interested in collaborative international research and education.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Lists a network of grantmaking enttities in Northern California, including foundations, non-profits, academic institutions, corporate giving programs, government grantmakers, and philanthropic management entities, that give at least $25,000, with links to their respective websites.

    Keywords: Any topic



  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Bay Area (Northern California)
    Eligibility: Non-profit, For-profit, Government

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    Types of Support: Unrestricted, special programs, occasional capital support.
    Geographic Focus: Greater Boston as defined by Route 128. Communities bordering Route 128 will be included, with funding between $1,000 to $12,000.
    Focuses on three program areas: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Culture, Education and Leadership Development, and Environment and Community Building




  • Timeline: 2: Spring, Fall
    Location: US (Boston)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Web-based application that allows individuals, organizations, and communities to fundraise online for their respective cause. Fundraisers are encouraged to upload pictures, videos, and a personal message to their personal fundraising page and share it via email and social media networks. The Peer Donation tool offers a more active approach to fundraising, allowing fundraisers to connect with donors on a more personal level in support of the cause.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    PeopleFund is a global pioneer in value added investments focused on technology, internet and media. Partners and invests in early through growth venture investments, private equity and public companies.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: For-profit, Non-profit

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    Provides need-based scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $6,000 for undergraduates to serve 10 to 15 hours per week in off-campus social action activities and engage in a year-long leadership development program through the Public Service Center.

    Keywords: Social Impact



  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: US (Berkeley)
    Eligibility: Students (UCB Undergrad)

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    Publishes new grantmaker websites and funding opportunities daily.

    Keywords: Any topic



  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Any

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    Annual citizens’ idea contest that seeks out and rewards between $1000 – $10,000 to the most innovative public policy proposals (grand prize winner receives $10,000; four runners-up receive $1,000 each, and other proposals receive special recognition). For 2016, Pioneer Institute seeks proposals to improve quality and access to care for individuals living with mental health illness through innovative approaches to insurance, health care, human services and partnerships between government agencies and mental health care providers.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Any

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    Combines a Competition/Funding Database – updated daily – of over 25,000 opportunities (awards and grants) with a database of over 3 million researcher expertise profiles. Pivot provides graduate students, Research Administrators, Research Development Professionals, and individual faculty members research opportunities, funding, support and training, and networks of global and local collaboration.

    Keywords: Any topic



  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students (UCB graduate students)

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    Brings together small, interdisciplinary groups of designers, economists, technologists and social innovators for an immersive residencey at the Rockefeller Foundation’s renowned Bellagio Center on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. Serves as an incubator of unconventional, cross-disciplinary collaboration around critical topics relevant to the lives of poor and vulnerable populations, and also serves as a laboratory for the study of the nature of collaboration itself as a profound tool for creative problem-solving and solution development.




  • You must be nominated for this opportunity.
    Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any (individual)

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    Leadership development opportunity designed to help high potential working scientists become more effective communicators, collaborators and leaders both within and beyond the traditional bounds of academia. Fellows participate in a special training program, held each October on an island off the coast of Maine; later they attend and give short presentations at the PopTech annual conference, which brings together a global network of cutting-edge leaders, thinkers and doers from diverse disciplines.




  • You must be nominated for this opportunity.
    Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any (individual)

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    Selects a small number of high potential change agents from around the world who are working on disruptive innovations in the areas of healthcare, livelihood development, environment, humanitarian aid/relief, education, and civic engagement, among many others. Fellows work in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds, have a positive track record as leaders in social innovation, and join a network of experts, peers, and supporters.




  • You must be nominated for this opportunity.
    Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any (individual)

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    A crowdsourced database of competitions, grants, fellowships and awards in support of over 600 innovations that help NGOs, innovators, social enterprises, and developing-world communities leverage appropriate technology solutions to share and discover sustainable solutions to problems of poverty.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Investment competition in 2015 for first level of funding to launch ideas into successful start-ups. Regional winners receive US$100,000, and the Grand Prize Winner receives an additional US$150,000. Provides entrepreneurs in over 8 regions their first level of funding to launch ideas into a successful start-up businesses. Provides seed investments of up to 5 years to technology start-ups.




  • Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Seed investment competition designed to provide early stage funding to entrepreneurs and start-ups that have innovative ideas that can significantly impact the wireless ecosystem. Qualcomm Ventures will select up to eight finalists from the North American region to compete in a finals competition whereby the winner will receive US$250,000 in convertible note funding.




  • Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: North America (US and Canada residents)
    Eligibility: Any

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    For social entrepreneurs, a course that brings Fellows and faculty together for an intensive week to work on design for maximum impact and scalability in a retreat center on the coast in Bolinas, California. The course gives Fellows the rare opportunity to focus completely on their ideas and a systematic way to apply them. Fellows work directly with staff at six-month intervals to incorporate new information, lessons, and ideas into their formatted design of an Impact Model.




  • You must be nominated for this opportunity.
    Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US (Bolinas, California)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Grants for researchers, top faculty members, government agencies, and community agencies to collaborate and solve the most pressing problems in California. RGPO also provides grants for training undergraduates, graduate and postdoctoral researchers, whose work will benefit California communities.

    Keywords: Any topic



  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: UC Berkeley, Bay Area
    Eligibility: Any (UCB affiliated)

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    Looks to recognize innovators under the age of 40 from all fields with new contributions to the field of sustainability science, including, renewable energy, energy security, climate change, and environment. Up to 4 winners are honored at Fortune’s Brainstorm Green Conference.




  • You must be nominated for this opportunity.
    Timeline: 1: Fall
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    An international, pioneering, open community and crowdfunding platform that has helped thousands of artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and social leaders raise millions of dollars by connecting with governments, educators, and communities. Artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, scientists, game developers, philanthropists, filmmakers, photographers, theatre producers/directors, writers, fashion designers, etc. are welcome to post projects




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    The Rolex Awards for Enterprise supports pioneering work in five areas: applied technology, cultural heritage, environment, exploration and discovery, and science and health. Projects from all over the world are assessed on their originality, potential for impact, feasibility, and, above all, on the candidates own spirit of enterprise. Awards Laureates between 50,000 to 100,000 Swiss francs to advance their projects, worldwide publicity, and a Rolex chronometer.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    The S&I 100 is the first-ever broad index of US nonprofits with proof of social impact on education, poverty, youth, and health! Get nominated to become one of 100 high-impact solutions to America’s most pressing problems and nearly 16,000 local affiliates implementing them.

    Keywords: Social Impact



  • You must be nominated for this opportunity.
    Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Non-profit

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    Awards and helps scale-up startups of 4 winning teams who address environmental, economic, technology, and transportation initiatives in Kenya, with hopes that rising investments in entrepreneurship, ecosystem creation and market building will help to boost enterprise activity, and incubate the kind of startups that will go on to become the next mPesa.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: International (Kenya)
    Eligibility: Any

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    The first ever Sankalp Global Innovation Challenge (Sankalp GIC) is a call for innovative technology-based product solutions that can reach the Next 3 Billion (N3B) and contribute to inclusive development. The platform will recognize some of the best innovations from around the world for their relevance to the emerging markets in developing countries (developing Asia, Africa, and Latin America). Top innovators get to showcase their work at the Sankalp Global Summit along with a chance to win prize money upto $50k.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Vetted through a rigorous 3-month process by a panel of global investors, the Awards bring funding and recognition to the most sustainable and scalable social enterprises that are doing business across India.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: International (India)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Provides $250k to $2 million in seed funds, validation funds, and transition to scale funds to support the development and validation of prevention and treatment approaches that increase access to primary health care for women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities. Seeking innovative ideas addressing three main domains: (1) technology; (2) service delivery; and (3) “demand side” innovation that empowers pregnant women and their families to practice healthy behaviors and be aware of and access health care during pregnancy, childbirth and the early postnatal period, especially the first two days after birth. Awardees will receive support and networking assistance from each of the partners, engage with other innovators, and participate in high-level meetings including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s annual Grand Challenge meetings.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any