Designed in partnership with more than 100 nonprofit organizations, UpPrize challenges invite entrepreneurs to change the world for the better. The 2015 UpPrize challenges asked for innovative ideas improving issues around Independence, Coordination, and Access.
UpPrize awards include grants, technical assistance, and investments with preferred terms. The 2015 UpPrize awards of $1 million in grants, investments, and support were awarded to three winners, and eight finalists.
UpPrize is open to all entrepreneurs, innovators, students and start-ups. Any stage organizations are welcome to apply. In 2015 we received 111 applications from a range of entrepreneurs including start-ups and established firms.
Through a rigorous research phase involving key nonprofit leaders in the community, we identify a set of high-impact opportunities for purpose-driven innovation. Bringing new technologies to these areas will also provide significant cost savings to nonprofits who will be able to achieve their missions more effectively and efficiently.
We challenge the entrepreneurial community to submit their products and ideas as potential solutions. Any entrepreneur or business in the greater Pittsburgh region is welcome to submit an idea during the application window. In 2015 we received 111 applications.
There are three rounds of competition. After the first round of initial screenings of submissions, semifinalists are contacted for further information and make their pitch before a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and investors. Selected finalists then receive grants and personalized support in preparation for their final pitches.
Announced at the UpPrize Final Event, 2015 UpPrize winners cumulatively received approximately $1 million in grants, technical assistance, and investments with preferred terms.