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

Featured Funding Resources

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.

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.

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.

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.

Location: US
Eligibility: Any

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Indiegogo

Crowdfunding platform to fundraise entrepreneurs interested in projects involving anything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Connect with campaign strategists, retail partnerships, campaign and marketplace support.

Location: Any
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.




  • Deadline details: 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.




  • Deadline details: 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.




  • Deadline details: 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




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

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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




  • Deadline details: 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.




  • Deadline details: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    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




  • Deadline details: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Non-profit

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




  • Deadline details: 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.




  • Deadline details: 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.




  • Deadline details: Winter
    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




  • Deadline details: Rolling deadlines
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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

    Keywords: Any topic



  • Deadline details: 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.




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

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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.




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

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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.




  • Deadline details: 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.




  • Deadline details: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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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**)




  • Deadline details: 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.
    Deadline details: 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.
    Deadline details: 1: Fall
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any INDIVIDUAL (U.S. Residents/Citizens)

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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.
    Deadline details: 1: Fall
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Any (w. a Bachelor's Degree)

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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.




  • Deadline details: 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.




  • Deadline details: 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.




  • Deadline details: 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.




  • Deadline details: 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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    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.




  • Deadline details: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Publishes new grantmaker websites and funding opportunities daily.

    Keywords: Any topic



  • Deadline details: Many: Year-round
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Any

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    The New School’s Social Innovation Initiative fosters opportunities for students and faculty to engage cross-divisionally in interdisciplinary learning, research and practice that contributes to real-world problem solving. This guide is designed for New School undergraduate and graduate students who are motivated to take their ideas for social change to the next level, providing information about competitions, fellowships, funding and grant opportunities, and special events focused on social innovation and social entrepreneurship at The New School and outside the university.




  • Deadline details: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    VC Index Fund invests $100,000 per deal into early-stage startups backed by top VCs. Provides online investor network and accelerated fundraising for projects.




  • Deadline details: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: For-profit

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    VC-List was created to educate startup founders about the funding process through publishing educational articles covering all aspects of how to raise capital for a startup. From startup valuation methods, startup investor presentation advice, the best crowdfunding sites, equity funding rules and regulations, to venture capital industry trends, we work to keep the startup community educated and informed.




  • Deadline details: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Entrepreneurship competitions for students and recent graduates run by Verb in partnership with global companies, foundations and governments across the world. Verb concentrates on enabling new competitions that will support early-stage social entrepreneurs with training, mentors and seed funding to grow their enterprises.




  • Deadline details: Rolling Deadlines
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Students (Current and recent Graduates)

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