Project Impact


Innovation drives our world. The wheel. The light bulb. The computer. And yes, the Snuggie. Innovation enables us to be more productive and efficient with the limited time and resources we have. And along the way, competitions have been an effective tool to encourage innovation. They inspired the first transatlantic flight, the first reusable manned spacecraft and even the process for creating canned foods.


Competition Organizer

A Better Chicago

Local US Event
Chicago, IL
*Available in all states*

Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Graduate - Local U.S.
  • Business - Local U.S.
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Technology - Green
  • Technology - Other
  • iStart
Who's Eligible

Area of focus Applicants must be focused on achieving one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Early childhood development – enable children from low-income families to start kindergarten healthy, ready to learn and at grade level
  • K-12 education/youth development – ensure youth from low-income backgrounds are on track to graduate from high school and attain a post-secondary credential
  • Workforce development – enable low-income individuals to earn a livable head of household wage and participate sustainably in the labor market

Age of organization Founded within the last five years (no earlier than 2007)

Target population Low-income children, adults or families

Tax status Must have either 1) applied for its 501(c)(3) status, 2) received its 501(c)(3) status or 3) secured a fiscal sponsorship arrangement from a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) organization

Location Based in the United States, with plans to either launch or expand in the Chicago metropolitan area within one year of winning Project Impact

Competition Prizes

The winner of Project Impact will be awarded:

  • $100,000 in funding to launch or expand in the Chicago area
  • 12 months of management support provided by A Better Chicago and its partners in areas such as business planning, board development, technology and human capital
  • Introductions to Chicago business and civic leaders
  • Recognition through A Better Chicago, its partners and media outlets

Finalists will receive $20,000 each