Elevate Prize Competition to Support Extraordinary People and the Chance to Win up to $ 300,000

Deadline : 29 Jun 2020

Nonprofit organization: Solve - MIT

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Elevate Prize Competition to Support Extraordinary People and the Chance to Win up to $ 300,000

The Elevate Prize Foundation launched The Elevate Prize powered by MIT Solve to awaken the hero in everyone. The Prize aims to support and shine a spotlight on leaders, innovators, and activists who impact their community every day and work to elevate humanity and inspire others to act as engines for social good. Specifically, Elevate Prize is looking for extraordinary people leading high-impact projects and organizations who are:

  • Elevating opportunities for all people, especially those who are traditionally left behind.
  • Elevating issues and their solutions by building awareness and driving action to solve the most difficult problems of our world.
  • Elevating understanding of and between people through changing people’s attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.

Heroes of Elevate Prize:

The Elevate Prize is seeking Global Heroes who are:

  • Transformational and Innovative Leaders: Those who are addressing big, critical issues in their communities with powerful, tangible solutions. People with the talent, skills, background, and experience to create a lasting, positive impact, and inspire the hearts and minds of others, thereby helping to elevate others on a global scale.
  • Purpose-Driven: Elevate wants to know why you are doing this work, why the issues you are tackling are important to you and your community, results to date, and how you and your work can inspire others.
  • Have the ability to solve problems, invent new ideas, persevere, and transform obstacles into opportunities.
  • Resilient: You have to show your challenges and failures and how you have overcome them.
  • At a Tipping Point: You’ve already driven impact through your work and are well-positioned to do much more and inspire others to make change using the significantly larger audience and range of resources offered by The Elevate Prize.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The competition is open to people from across all regions and industries.
  • Submissions must be written in English.
  • Individual applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Individual applicants must be affiliated with a legally established entity (formed either under U.S. law or under the laws of the country of their residence).
  • Directors and officers of The Elevate Prize Foundation, members of the Judging Panel, and such individuals’ family members are not eligible for The Elevate Prize.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Proven Impact: The implementation of the applicant’s work has already impacted lives.
  • Feasibility: The implementation of the applicant’s work is feasible, and the applicant has a plan for financial sustainability.
  • Scalability: The applicant’s work can be significantly scaled to affect the lives of more people.
  • Capability: The applicant is well prepared to develop the work further and has demonstrated the necessary skills and track record to improve, expand, or replicate the work.
  • Exemplar: The applicant is a role model in their community and has a story that will capture the hearts and minds of others, elevating their awareness, cultivating their compassion, and inspiring them to tackle their own puzzles and projects.
  • Partnership Potential: The applicant clearly explains why they are poised to effectively leverage The Elevate Prize and how their work would benefit from the significantly larger audience and range of resources offered.


The Elevate Prize will provide Global Heroes with:

  • A minimum prize of US$300,000 spread over two years, with potential for additional funding.
  • Professional management and development services, mentorship and coaching, educational training, capacity building, and connection with influencers, industry leaders, and experts through Elevate Prize Foundation’s two-year program.
  • A tailored media and marketing campaign aimed at amplifying their work, building recognition and a fanbase around the Global Hero, and ultimately inspiring others to contribute to the public good.
  • Access to a dynamic network of Elevate Prize Global Heroes and partners.

Finalists will be announced on August 5, 2020. Finalists will be invited to present their work during The Elevate Prize Awards in New York City on September 18-19, 2020.

About MIT Solve:

MIT Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world's most pressing problems. Solve issues four Global Challenges each year to find the most promising Solver teams who will drive transformational change. Solve then deploys its global community of private, public, and nonprofit leaders to form the partnerships these Solver teams need to scale their impact.

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