Everyone Wins

The UpPrize: BNY Mellon Social Innovation Challenge is helping southwestern Pennsylvania nonprofits, for-profit and social entrepreneurs create positive social returns with purpose-driven innovation.

UpPrize has been around since 2015. We have awarded over $1.5 million in grants. Last year we received over 200 competition entries from individuals and teams in different stages of development. Because of the volume and wide array of interested applicants we will be hosting two competitions this year.

Great Ideas Competition: Impactful Technology

March 1, 2018 - April 15, 2018

Great Solutions Competition: Impactful Technology

May 7, 2018 - June 21, 2018

Where do I fall?

We are looking for innovative ideas and products that leverage technology to improve the operations of nonprofits and/or the lives of vulnerable populations in southwestern Pennsylvania.

If you’re not sure which competition you are eligible for, we have you covered! This quick assessment will help you figure that out.


  1. Idea stage
  2. You may not have a team
  3. Can be developed in 18 months


  1. Existing company
  2. Have a prototype or working product
  3. Can be scaled in 18 months

Find out what our past winners are up to

2017 Winners

2015 Winners

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