When are C-Prize applications due?

We will announce the application date for the 2020 C-Prize in the (late) Spring '20.  The 2020 C-Prize event will be held at the University of Notre Dame.

How many finalists will be selected?

Up to 10 teams.   

What can the seed capital be used for?

Any expenses that are needed to complete your project.  For example, social media advertising, software tools, web services, IT expenses, etc..  Note: part of the 10K will be set aside to cover travel expenses to the field site if the team successfully meets the project objective. C-Prize seed capital may not be used for personal compensation.


What type of ideas are accepted?

Almost any, as long as its goal is to create positive impact in Conservation, Climate Change or Clean Energy.  Some examples of ideas include:  (1)  Develop a new, innovative technology; (2) Integrate existing technologies into an innovative solution that you bring to market; (3) Help an existing nonprofit customize and/or deploy a technology; (4) Raise capital for an existing nonprofit; (5) Drive greater awareness of any C-related topic with the goal of creating change.  Your imagination is the only limit.

What makes an application standout?

Teams that have the needed skills, experience or attitude to successfully complete their project.  Teams that demonstrate a clear plan and strong commitment to complete their project before they graduate.  Truly 'Out-of-the-box' or innovative ideas.  Engagement with customers and/or users.  

Who is allowed to apply?

Any student, undergraduate or graduate, currently enrolled at the University of Notre Dame.​

Who is behind the C-Prize?

C-Prize was founded by Chris Vargas, a Notre Dame alumnus. His background includes Founder/CxO of several startups. Today he is a private investor and venture philanthropist, based in Silicon Valley.

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