Category: Competitions & Conferences

Accenture Innovation Challenge

Accenture Innovation Challenge 

DEADLINE 1/13/2020

Accenture is thrilled to announce the 2020 Accenture Innovation Challenge – a multi-round event that combines hands-on consulting experience with the opportunity to make a positive impact on society.

If selected to participate, you’ll work in teams to develop an innovative solution for a real challenge faced by our non-profit partner, Waterkeeper Alliance. The winning team will receive an internship offer, the opportunity to implement their solution, and a cash prize.The deadline for eligible students to apply is January 13, 2020. Register HERE!

Please see the website for more details on the competition and the rules.

Remote – 2020 Worker and Student Financial Health Challenge – Competition

About the competition

Workers and students of the future face challenging trends that may jeopardize their financial health. Rapid technology changes are requiring workers to train and reskill for career advancement, yet costs of education and training programs are rising steadily. The gig economy is growing rapidly, but offers inconsistent income and is an insufficient replacement for traditional jobs.

There is a need for fintech products, services, and partnerships that help people prepare for the economies of the future by addressing the barriers to affordable training, education, and opportunity.

On October 24, the Financial Solutions Lab launched its sixth challenge, to advance the financial health of workers and students who are developing in-demand skills that prepare them for the future of work. The challenge will cultivate, support and scale fintech solutions that benefit people who face persistent financial health challenges.

Who should appy? 

This Challenge aims to identify and develop fintech solutions and partnerships that are advancing the financial health of workers and students who are developing in-demand skills to prepare them for the future of work.

We are looking for innovative start-ups and nonprofits who are:

  • Providing fintech solutions to the currently employed, either full-time or as a participant in the gig economy.
  • Addressing the challenges of building the workforce of the future, including helping workers access training or seek higher education to either enter, rejoin, or advance their careers.

What do selected companies recieve? 

Fintech organizations will receive:

  • Up to $125,000 in capital.
  • Professional services assistance from industry leaders.
  • Mentorship from the Financial Health Network and JPMorgan Chase employees.

How do I apply? 

Follow this link! Applications are accepted through January 6th, 2020.

Remote – Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen – Social Innovation Challenge

Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Social Innovation Challenge Launches 10/15!

The challenges facing the world today are fast-moving, intertwined, and multi-layered. Tackling these challenges will require a combination of fresh minds and experience, passion and vision, creativity and operational expertise. We need the next generation of social innovators. Through the Challenge, our organizations will share the lessons we’ve learned from decades of backing companies, leaders, and ideas with the next generation of social innovators as they explore areas of opportunity, develop ideas of their own, and launch social ventures in the areas of:  Health, Workforce Development, Financial Inclusion, Food & Agriculture, and Energy. Top teams will be invited to join the Student Social Enterprise Accelerator online beginning 1/27. Winning teams will receive up to $20,000 from a funding pool of $100,000.  Register for the virtual competition here.

Register for Lean Startup online course before Tues, 10/15; complete course and submit your social venture idea before Tues, 11/26.

Remote/Edinburgh – Clinton Global Initiative University – Student Leader

The Clinton Global Initiative University is looking for higher education student leaders who are committed to take action in their community to address a pressing challenge. We are looking for undergraduate and graduate students across the world who are motivated to make a positive change in the areas of education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health. Students accepted into CGI U will participate in a year-round program that includes access to: high-touch mentorship; a social impact curriculum; funding streams; and student engagement events, including an invitation to the annual meeting from April 17-19 at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Learn more at their website. 

Applications will be reviewed by the CGI U Selection Committee. All applicants, Early Deadline and Final Deadline, will be notified of admissions decisions in early November 2019. The CGI U Selection Committee aims to convene a diverse cohort of students that demonstrate the motivation to tackle specific challenges, the capacity to develop their leadership skills, and dedication to CGI U’s yearlong program.

Please note, you are eligible to apply to the CGI U Class of 2020 if you have never previously been accepted to CGI U, you are at least 18 years of age, and you are currently enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of application. Apply to the program here.