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$1M Early Childhood Innovation Prize: Now Accepting Ideas!

The first few years of a child’s life lay the foundation for future success. But too many young children are not reaching their full potential because existing approaches to early learning and development are not sufficiently addressing today’s challenges. That’s why we are partnering with OpenIDEO on the $1 Million Early Childhood Innovation Prize, which is seeking innovative solutions to the urgent question, “How might we maximize every child’s potential during their first three years of life?”

Now through February 2018, we are calling on innovators and organizations of all kinds to collaborate with a global community to build early childhood solutions that are novel, more effective, efficient or scalable than current ones. We are looking to harness the brainpower of thinkers from diverse background who are willing to offer innovative ideas, lend mentorship and expertise, and invest capital to solve this problem together.

Winning innovators will be eligible for a share of up to $1 million in funding and recognition as one of the most promising early childhood innovation ideas in the country, along with access to mentorship and engagement with an ecosystem of innovators, experts and investors.

The early submission deadline for the prize is Friday, December 22. Innovators who submit their ideas by this date can request to be paired with a mentor to help improve their submissions. 

Visit the prize website to engage in this new initiative, and learn more about how the Early Childhood Innovation Prize fits within GCI’s strategy for catalyzing innovation in early childhood.