When are applications due?

Each campus will announce their application dates.  Notre Dame currently host their C-Prize each Fall; CU Boulder hosts theirs during their Spring New Venture Challenge.

How many finalists will be selected?

Up to 10 teams.   

What can the seed capital be used for?

Any expenses required to complete your project.  For example, growth marketing, software development, web services, IT expenses, travel expenses to the field site if needed.  Note that C-Prize seed capital may not be used for any form of personal compensation.


What type of ideas are accepted?

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

What makes an application standout?

Teams that have the right skills, experience or attitude to successfully execute on the idea.  Teams that have a clear plan and strong commitment to complete it.  Highly innovative, 'thinking-out-of-the-box' ideas.  Previous engagement with users, partners or organizations.  

Who is allowed to apply?

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

Who is behind the C-Prize?

C-Prize was founded by Chris Vargas, a Notre Dame alumni and current CUB parent. His background includes Founder/CxO of several startups. Today he is a private investor and venture philanthropist, based in Silicon Valley.  Chris also lectures each Fall on Entrepreneurship, at the University of Notre Dame.