Designing Solutions for Poverty Competition

In conjunction with the Beall New Venture Competition and Big Ideas @ Berkeley



Learn more about this year’s finalists HERE.


Learn more about this year’s semi-finalists HERE.

The Finalist Presentations and Reception is open to the public and on THURSDAY, MAY 4 from 5:30pm to 7:30 p.m. at the Porter Colloquia Room and Terrace at The Paul Merage School of Business. Interested community members and business leaders may RSVP to Ellen Kern at


The 3rd Annual Designing Solutions for Poverty Competition, hosted by the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, is a stand-alone award that will go to the individual or team that best harnesses an innovative idea to make a social impact. The award is open to the entire UCI community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.


Applicants must first submit their idea through our online portal. We welcome any idea with a social impact element. Ideas may be early stage. Applicants do not need to be part of a team to submit their idea.

Ideas submitted by FEBRUARY 10 will be eligible for mentoring and partnership support through MARCH 15. The final deadline to submit ideas is MARCH 15.

NOTE: Applicants who are also entering the Beall New Venture Competition must submit concept papers by January 30 and final pitch decks by May 5.


The award will go the team that best connects an innovative and sustainable solution to a poverty-related social challenge.

Concept papers and presentations will be judged by a separate panel of judges on the following criteria:

Ideas should be in line with the following categories (from Big Ideas):


Grant funding of up to $20,000 will be awarded to the selected idea(s)/businesses to be taken to the next level.

Read more about proposals from previous cycles HERE.