Deadline to Apply: GHIC Innovation Prize

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Date(s) - 12/31/2015
12:00 am


uniteforsightThe Innovation Prize is a $10,000 and a $2,000 cash prize that is awarded to the two best social impact pitches that are presented at the 2016 Global Health & Innovation Conference. All conference registrants — both students and professionals, and both non-profit and for-profit organizations — are eligible to apply for the Innovation Prize. Early-stage pitches are eligible for the $2,000 cash award, and established-stage pitches are eligible for the $10,000 cash award. The Innovation Prize supports outstanding ideas, programs, and organizations which are locally-developed and locally-responsible.

There are two categories for the Innovation Prize at the 2016 GHIC: Early Stage (idea, program, or organization is less than 3 years old, and ideas in the brainstorming stage are also eligible) and Established Stage (program or organization is 3-6 years old). A newer program (0-6 years old) that is within an established (7+ year old) organization qualifies for the Social Impact Lab category as well.

How do I apply?

  • Step 1: Apply for Social Impact Labs. December 31 is the next application deadline.
    • First, apply to participate in the Social Impact Labs at the Global Health & Innovation Conference on April 16-17, 2016. Approximately sixty (60) social impact pitches will be selected for presentation during the Social Impact Labs. Applicants first register for the conference and submit a 250-word abstract. The abstract submitters who adhere to the published selection criteria are then invited to submit a 5-minute video pitch within one week after being notified of acceptance to the next step. The highest quality pitch videos are accepted, and these presenters participate in the Social Impact Labs. During the Social Impact Lab, each presenter gives a 5-minute pitch, which is followed by a 15-minute period for discussion with two expert conference speakers, questions and answers, and feedback from the audience. Complete details and submission instructions can be seen at
  • Step 2: Apply for Innovation Prize Semi-Finalist Round
    • Those who are accepted as presenters in the Social Impact Labs are next invited to submit an additional 5-minute video presentation and a letter from a local collaborator that confirms that the needs and solutions are locally-identified and locally-responsible. The video presentation should focus on the locally-responsible and innovative solution, with an emphasis on local collaborations and partners, a detailed plan about how data will be collected and how outcomes will be measured, and an outline for how the Innovation Prize funds would be utilized. Up to thirty-six (36) video submitters will be selected as semi-finalists, and they will present a 5-minute pitch to a distinguished judging panel and to the audience at the Global Health & Innovation Conference on April 16-17, 2016. These semi-finalists will participate both in the Social Impact Labs and in the semi-finalist round for the Innovation Prize.
  • Step 3: Selection for Innovation Prize Finalist Round
    • Based on the 5-minute pitches, six Innovation Prize finalists will be selected by the judging panel. Each finalist will give a more in-depth 5-minute presentation to the judging panel and to the audience, which will be followed by 10 minutes of Q&A with the judging panel. These finalists will have participated in the Social Impact Labs, in the semi-finalist round for the Innovation Prize, and in this finalist round for the Innovation Prize. At the conclusion of the 2-hour finalist session, the Innovation Prize winners will be announced.


Jennifer Roach is the Civic Engagement Fellow in Allbritton for the academic year 2015-2016. She is a recent Wesleyan alumni, class of 2014. Since graduating, she has moved to Hartford to continue developing Summer of Solutions Hartford, an urban farming internship program she worked on during her time at Wesleyan.