Southwestern Pennsylvania entrepreneurs have two opportunities this year to compete for grants and technical assistance through UpPrize, a social innovation challenge sponsored by the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania and The Forbes Funds. In its third year of operation, UpPrize connects local entrepreneurs and innovators with the region's nonprofit community and the people they serve.
"Pittsburgh has everything needed to lead the world in purpose-driven innovation. If you combine our start-up culture, universities, philanthropic organizations and corporate citizens such as BNY Mellon, our community can invest in and build a better future for everyone," said Kate Dewey, Senior Advisor to UpPrize. "Any one of these assets on its own can make an impressive impact, but their collective strength can create a signature market in this region that is focused on solving entrenched challenges at the heart of improving the quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania for all its residents. UpPrize can help make this happen.”
“We continue to be blown away by the innovation and solutions that have emerged through UpPrize,” said Kenya Boswell, President of the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania. “After two successful cycles and more than 200 entries last year, we believe we’ve only scratched the surface on ideas that can truly transform nonprofits and our communities. We cannot wait to see what this third cycle will bring.”
In the spirit of innovation, the 2018 UpPrize BNY Mellon Social Innovation Challenge will grow to include two competitions to encourage and support the creation of a robust pipeline of social innovation activity in the region:
Anyone 18 years of age or older and residing in southwestern Pennsylvania is eligible to apply to either competitive round. Interested participants should construct a brief video submission which addresses at least one of the three core areas of opportunity. Applications will be judged by an independent panel of nationally recognized innovation experts. The competition is free to enter. Rules and restrictions apply. For more information and complete contest details, including terms and conditions, visit www.upprize.org.