8VC Social
Innovator’s Cup

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

We will award multiple $8,000 prizes 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.

Deadline to apply is January 31, 2019.

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

Let’s build shared value together.

Apply Application deadline: January 31, 2019