We are looking for projects that quantifiably improve the lives of substantial numbers of people in underprivileged communities. Projects will be judged on the basis of their practicality, how many people they affect, and the degree to which they affect them.

Projects may leverage technology to achieve their goals, but we understand the value of galvanic leadership, cleverly designed processes, and other ways to improve the lives of others.

Project Qualifications

Your team should have a well-defined budget, as well as a clear 2-3 year plan for how to scale your project and harness other people to achieve your aim. When formulating your idea, consider:

Competition Details

We will evaluate each project individually on its merits, and applicants should feel free to structure their projects in the best way they can think of. There are no rules when it comes to innovating to help others.

  1. Applications are currently closed and will reopen in Fall 2019.
  2. The Judges Panel will meet in early February to select our finalists by end of the month.
  3. 20 Finalists will be interviewed by the 8VC team.
  4. Multiple teams will be awarded $8,000 each.
  5. A trip to San Francisco to meet mentors and the broader 8VC network.
  6. Promotion and media highlights for each of the awarded groups.

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

Let’s build shared value together.

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