Join the optiMize Challenge!
Hello! The optiMize Social Innovation Challenge begins in October. We're glad you're interested in joining!

Please answer all questions as well as you can. Don't worry about making your application perfect — this is just a first step!

optiMize accepts a wide range of projects and ideas — you can start a nonprofit, a startup company, a student organization, a new initiative in an existing organization, or even a creative project. Your focus can be in education, social justice, health, sustainability, or whatever matters most to you.

Whether you have a project you're already working on, an idea you'd like to start, a problem you're passionate about solving, or a desire to find a project to join, optiMize can help you take your next steps and bring your ideas to life.

We'll provide skill-building workshops, access to experienced mentors, and a supportive community of peers. By the end of the Challenge, you'll have the opportunity to pitch for up to $20,000 in funding.

Applications are due October 11th, 2018 at 11:59 PM. We'll reach out to you with next steps once you submit!

Stop waiting for someone else to change the world. Join us and ask yourself, "Why not me?"

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Project/Idea Information
Project/Idea Name *
This can change later! Just get something down for now :)
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Summary *
One sentence summary of your project or idea. If you don't have a project or idea yet, tell us what issue you generally want to work on!
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What problem or opportunity are you trying to address? *
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What's your idea to address it? *
If you don't have an idea, you can say that you're hoping to develop one or find a project to join through optiMize! We can help with both of these things :)
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Your goals *
What are your overall goals? What do you hope the impact of your work will be?
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Your history *
Who are you? What are you passionate about? How/when did your team form (if applicable)? Have you done anything as a team so far, or is this your first step? (Either answer is fine, it just helps us to know your history!)
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