Congratulations to the 8VC Social Innovator's Cup winners!

We received many amazing applications with strong entrepreneurs looking to make a difference. While the choice was tough, our judges made their decisions—we present you with our 2019 finalists! We look forward to working with them in building an impactful business.

Watch a recap video of our 2019 Social Innovator's Cup Victory Day at 8VC


PSYONIC makes advanced bionic limbs that are accessible to all people with amputations--think SpaceX for bionics. Their first product will be an advanced bionic hand that is the fastest on the market, lightweight, provides touch feedback, and is robust to impacts.


Invicted brings powerful data management to human services non-profits that serve justice-involved and other disadvantaged communities. Our efforts seek to reframe the narrative of criminal justice from past wrongful acts to the courage, determination, and resilience to overcome.


YourChoice Therapeutics is revolutionizing the contraceptive market by developing the first non-hormonal contraceptive pill for men and women.

Entrepreneurs that tap into the energy and compassion that animate American communities can solve major social challenges.

We will award multiple $8,000 prizes to social innovators and fly the recipients of those prizes out to spend a day with 8VC's Founder Joe Lonsdale and our partnership, where we will mentor contestants on how to fine-tune and scale their projects in order to maximize social change.

Our competition will highlight high-impact contrarian projects inspired by a sense of civic duty and oriented towards underprivileged communities.

Prizes and Benefits

Cash prizes
totaling over $30,000

We want to accelerate your organization through funding and mentorship. Multiple winning teams will receive $8,000 as well as a fully funded trip to Silicon Valley to meet the 8VC partnership.

Promotion, Exposure, and Mentorship

Participants will receive mentorship from top leaders who understand how to scale philanthropic impact because they’ve done it themselves. These experts are excited to work with high-energy students with impactful ideas.

Access to Leaders, Policy Makers and Capital

Many business leaders and policy-makers in our network are excited to work with the finalists and winners of the 8VC Social Innovator’s Cup, with access to capital for the most inspiring projects.

Contest Guidelines

School leaderboard

8VC will host an on campus talk with Joe Lonsdale at the University with the most applications.

Share with your peers and may the best school win!

Current standings

  • 1st
  • 2nd
  • 3rd

Let’s build shared value together.

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