We provide $10,000 in seed funding to young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in Conservation, Climate Change and Clean Energy.

What is the C-Prize?

C-Prize is an annual competition for University students that provides $10,000 in seed capital for innovative solutions that address Climate Change, Conservation and Clean Energy.   


How does it work? 

Each year, the C-Prize organization challenges student-teams to come up with innovative solutions in any of the 'C' areas above.  What kind of ideas are we looking for?    Develop a new, innovative technology.  Integrate existing technologies and deliver a solution.  Raise capital for a high impact organization.  Execute a C-project in your neighborhood - or on the other side of the world.   The sky is the limit.  The only requirement is the idea creates positive, measurable impact in Climate Change, Conservation or Clean Energy. 


Teams apply by submitting a 2 page proposal (maximum!). We select up to 10 of the most promising ideas and invite those teams to a finals night where they pitch their idea to a panel of experts.  The winning team receives seed capital to execute their idea. 

It's a triple win:  Students receive capital and deliver an innovation.  Our planet receives help where it is most needed.   Innovation where it *really* matters:  solving the threats to our planet.  

The C-Prize is not an 'ideas' competition.  We expect winning teams to deliver their solution and create impact.  Many of the world's most brilliant ideas came from a few students in a dorm room.  We believe there are a few more students out there with world-changing ideas.  We want to find them and fund them. 


If you are a current student and want to change the world before you graduate, but just need a little funding to get going, apply for the C-Prize today.   The competition is currently 'live' at the University of Notre Dame and Colorado University Boulder.  The details for each event will be announced at the respective campuses.


What will you fight for?  Join us, and start to change the world.

Current Projects


Marine Population Statistics Monitor

Using mobile technology to monitor species populations on the coast of Honduras.

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Painted Dog Image Recognition

Identifying wild dogs for the Painted Dog Conservation in Mozambique

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Environmental Compliance App

Measuring compliance to help ensure the survival of Cotton Top Tamarins with Proyecto Titi


Purple Martin Conservation

Real time tracking for the Purple Martin Conservation Association.


Predator Protection Device

Reducing human-lion conflict in Kenya.


In Silicon Valley:  Chris Vargas


At Notre Dame: (tba)