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Early Childhood Innovation Prize Winners Announced

Fifteen breakthrough solutions with the greatest potential to positively impact the lives of young children were named the Early Childhood Innovation Prize’s “Top Ideas.” Selected from more than 570 ideas submitted from innovators in 100 countries through OpenIDEO’s open innovation platform, the Top Ideas will share in $1 million in prize funding to help accelerate their impact. In addition, another seven “Promising Ideas” were recognized for the strength of their submissions.

Launched in fall 2017 as part of GCI’s multi-year, multi-million dollar commitment to catalyzing early childhood innovation, the Prize brought together hundreds of innovators and experts from across the globe to collaboratively answer the question: How might we maximize every child’s potential during their first three years? As part of the Prize’s submission process, 217 participating innovators received mentorship from 135 experts in early childhood and other fields, helping to strengthen their concepts before they were submitted.

Funding was awarded to Top Ideas based on the stage of each innovation, with new innovators sharing $100,000 in funding, early stage innovators sharing $400,000, and advanced innovators sharing $500,000.

Learn more about the Prize’s process and the Top Ideas and Promising Ideas that were selected. We also invite you to watch a recording of the winner announcement event, which features a panel discussion on early childhood innovation that included experts Isabelle Hau of the Omidyar Network, Matthew Glickman of Promise Venture Studio and Corey Zimmerman of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.