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Up to $1 million in prizes for innovators, entrepreneurs, and companies who create innovate, market-based technological solutions for social issues addressing 4 main categories and varying issues within these categories. The first place winners in each of the four main categories (education, health care, sustainability and transportation) will each receive $1 million. Two additional winners in each category will receive $250,000 each for a total of $6 million in prize money from Verizon.

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Kiva Borrow

Crowdlending platform for 0% interest, no-fee loans to startups and small businesses. Kiva is focused on character, not credit scores;

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D-Prize

Funds social entrepreneurs and early-stage startupsworldwide that can develop better ways to distribute existing proven life-enhancing technologies in health, financial

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Ashoka Changemakers

A global network of social entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, policy makers and activists working together to create systemic change. Join

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Host and Fellow Responsibilities

Host Organizations

  • Identify staff supervisor to manage I&E Climate Action Fellow
  • Submit fellowship description and tasks
  • Engage in the matching process
  • Mentor and advise students
  • Communicate with Berkeley program director and give feedback on the program.

Berkeley Program Director​

  • Communicate with host organizations, students, and other university departments to ensure smooth program operations

Student Fellows

  • Complete application and cohort activities
  • Communicate with staff and host organizations
  • Successfully complete assignments from host organization during summer practicum
  • Summarize and report summer experience activities post-fellowship