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The FED seeds and actively engages with university-based pilots, competitions and accelerators that promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Information on key programs is organized starting with the most recent:
Mary Ann Beyster will serve as an evaluation judge for 100&Change, a new competition launched by the MacArthur Foundation that will award a $100 million grant to a single proposal designed to help solve a critical problem affecting people, places, or the planet. “Solving society’s most pressing problems isn’t easy, but we believe it can be done,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch. “Potential solutions may go unnoticed or under-resourced and are waiting to be brought to scale. Every three years, we plan to award $100 million to help make one of these solutions a reality. Through 100&Change, we want to inspire, encourage, and support other people’s ideas, here in our hometown Chicago, across the nation and around the world, about how to address major challenges and enable real progress toward a solution.” Finalists will present their solutions during a live event in the fall of 2017, after which the Board will make the final decision about the grant recipient.
The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) launched the Inclusive Innovation Competition (IIC) in 2016. The IIC will grant one million dollars in prizes to organizations that are reshaping the future of work for people at the middle and base of our economy. Mary Ann Beyster will serve as a Core judge for this inaugural year of the competition, which identifies, celebrates, and awards prizes to organizations that are inventing a more inclusive, productive, and sustainable future for all. More information
The J.M.K Innovation Prize, launched in 2015, supports social entrepreneurs across the United States who are spearheading game-changing solutions to our society’s most urgent challenges. From a pool of more than one thousand applications from every corner of the country, the prize process selected ten outstanding awardees who will receive multi-year support for their visionary ideas. Mary Ann Beyster served as a judge on the “economic empowerment” reviewer team.
The FED proudly sponsored the X Prize Foundation and X Prize Lab@MIT which engages students in designing prizes to address challenges in energy, water, and genomics, and to consider ways for inspiring and incentivizing open innovation through ownership.
In the Fall of 2009, students participated in a semester-long lab researching and dissecting energy prize ideas. The students produced concepts for a new X PRIZE including a Green Home Prize, ECO2 Prize, and Home Energy Storage Prize. Read the white paper.
Do you have what it takes to tap into your competitive and entrepreneurial spirit to solve the most challenging problems facing humanity? The X Prize Foundation has set up multiple prizes targeted at specific problems in energy and environment, education and global development, space exploration, and life sciences.
Are you a young, entrepreneurial undergraduate or graduate student? Join a university-based business plan competition. Situated in one of the leading research universities in the world, the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge fosters community involvement and technological innovation by bringing multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and business-minded students together with local area entrepreneurs and professionals.
Aside from sponsorship since 2007, the FED's support also included panel discussions about entrepreneurial employee ownership and service on the judging panels. What is really unique about this student-run competition is that unlike most of the other top-notch university competitions, the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge was created outside of the business school from within the sciences. More Information
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. Do you know an experienced entrepreneur with a track record? Consider suggesting him/her to the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program. The FED is a proud sponsor, served on a regional judging panel, and has been involved for more than 10 years. More Information