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.
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.
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
Publishes new grantmaker websites and funding opportunities daily.
Free online database on all U.S. foundations that give grants – more than 100,000 in total – updated weekly
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.
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.
Ventures that drive social change using nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid models.
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.
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.
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.
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**)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cultivates opportunities for student technology entrepreneurs by providing early-stage support and funding of up to $25,000. The three-stage program provides grant funding, experiential workshops, veteran coaching and a potential investment opportunity to help teams manifest their projects’ full commercial potential.
Provides social entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and up to $1k – $25k in prizes to transform their ideas into ventures that address the world’s most pressing challenges. Teams from across the globe learn how to design scalable models through a process that emphasizes stakeholder discovery, business innovation, and social impact assessment.
Funding database that aims to support enterprises that change the world, as well as workshops that provide business development training for early-stage entrepreneurs who are post-revenue and pre-outside investment. Each year, Village Capital runs ten sector-based programs around the world, with half of their programs based in the US, and half based internationally.
Competition to promote innovation and seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless related technology to address critical social issues around the world. Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 which will be paid in equal installments over three years.
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.
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.
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.