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Social Innovation Challenge

This Fall, Intuit presents the Lead with a Cause: Social Innovation Challenge, a two month-long innovation experience led by teams of high school students.

The facts

2.3%

All-women companies received just 2.3 percent of all venture capital dollars in 2020 [1]

1.2%

In the first half of 2021, startups overall raised a record-breaking $147 billion. Only 1.2 percent of it went to Black founders [2]

37.9%

37.9% of Black business owners say they are “discouraged” from applying for loans [3]

90%

90% of Latinx entrepreneurs struggle to access the capital and support they need to launch and grow [4]

The challenge

How can your team help underrepresented (i.e. Black, Latinx, female, etc.) business owners access equitable opportunities to entrepreneurship and small business ownership?

1

Register

If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so by following the link below.

Register

View Official rules
2

Form a team

Get a 2-8 person team together and designate one team leader, who will submit your team’s project.

3

Learn Design for Delight

Take the self-paced Design for Delight course - this will help you and your team as you create your own innovative solution to the grand challenge.

Design for Delight course
4

Build your solution

Student workbook

5

Submit your project by January 14, 2022

Team leader submits project on Award Force platform.

Submission details video

Prizes

Overall winners

1

First Place

Each team member will receive a $5,000 scholarship and an iPad Pro

2

Second Place

Each team member will receive a $2,000 scholarship and an iPad Mini

3

Third Place

Each team member will receive a $1,000 scholarship and AirPods Pro

Regional winners

1

First Place

Each team member will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Team will be awarded $5,000 to implement and improve their idea. Team advances to final round.

2

Second Place

Each team member will receive an Intuit swag box

3

Third Place

Each team member will receive an Intuit swag box

All participants will get to take the Design for Delight Certification ($100 value)

View Official rules

Timeline

Nov
15

Call for submissions

Teams have 9 weeks to work on their solutions and submit by January 14, 2022

Jan
21

Regional winners announced

1st, 2nd, 3rd from each region announced. 1st place winners advance to final round

Mar
18

Final round

Teams have 8 weeks to improve and scale their solutions and submit by March 18, 2022. Teams will be assigned mentors for the 8 week period

Mar
25

Overall winners announced

1st, 2nd, 3rd announced