Big Ideas is an early-stage university-based innovation contest that connects students with the mentorship, training, and resources needed to successfully conceptualize, deploy, and scale social innovations. Open to undergraduate and graduate students with creative solutions that address social challenges, the contest awards up to $300,000 in prizes across 40-50 winning teams annually. Since 2006, the competition has inspired over 1,400 student-led projects aimed at solving the world’s most pressing problems.
This year’s contest categories open to Makerere University:
- Art & Social Change
- Connected Communities
- Energy & Resource Alternatives
- Food Systems
- Global Health
- Hardware for Good
- Workforce Education & Development
- Scaling Up Big Ideas
- Chance to win up to $10K
- Extensive feedback from focus area experts
- Access to training workshops & networking events
- 7-week mentorship for finalists
- Validation and exposure
3 page pre-proposal submissions due November 15, 12pm PT
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