Scale X Design Challenge

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Join us and a panel of expert judges for the Scale X Design Challenge to learn about innovative new solutions to global poverty and social injustice, meet teams from around world, and vote to select the winners of a total of $400,000 in grants.

CREATE. INNOVATE. ACCELERATE.

What is Scale X Design?

Teams from around the globe with innovative, proven, and scalable ideas have been selected to participate in a year-long program that builds core skills for scaling innovations while delivering tailored attention and support to tackle their biggest barriers to scale. 

CARE’s Scale X Design Accelerator draws inspiration from private sector approaches to rapidly design, test, iterate and scale bold new ideas. The SXD Accelerator is a first-of-its-kind platform that arms development practitioners with the skills, mentorship, and resources they need to go from idea to impact. 

After grounding their work through core learning labs, teams participate in CARE’s Scale X Design Challenge, where they pitch their ideas—and their vision for scale—to a panel of expert judges who will select three winners for the ultimate cash prize!

    

Scale X Design 2018 

CARE welcomed the second cohort of the Scale X Design Accelerator to the stage this month at events in both Atlanta and Silicon Valley and hosted two incredibly successful pitch night celebrations.


Fourteen teams from around the globe came together to pitch their innovations that address the needs of the world's poorest people, especially women and girls. Audiences from coast to coast joined Michelle Nunn, president and CEO of CARE, alongside our expert panel of judges, to determine the winners of over $400,000 in grant money. The winning teams will use that grant money to bring their programs to scale, continuing CARE's mission of saving lives, defeating poverty and achieving social justice worldwide.

 

Meet the Winners: Atlanta

$50,00 AUDIENCE VOTE WINNERS

A-CARD – CARE Bangladesh

Smallholder farmers are gaining access to loans to improve their livelihoods via a cash-less digital financial product with lower interest rates and long repayment periods.

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CIRCLES OF CHANGE - Egypt

Men and boys are turning into champions of ending gender based violence through a holistic approach and creative methods including art therapy.

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$100,00 JUDGES VOTE WINNERS

UPTAKEPRENEUR - West Bank/Gaza

Entrepreneurs are starting new businesses and turning barriers into opportunities, enabling economic growth in an environment of constant political instability and insecurity.

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NYELENI - Mali

Women are being empowered through equitable engagement in sustainable agriculture to create a nation of expert women farmers.

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Meet the Winners: Silicon Valley

$25,000 AUDIENCE VOTE WINNER

MAKING TREASURE FROM TRASH - Ghana

Women are creating biogas businesses by providing biogas for cooking and biofertilizer to fertilize their crops.

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$75,000 JUDGES VOTE WINNER

THE  COOPERATIVE FUND - Georgia

Farmers are gaining access to finance through revolving, repayable grants, to address systematic causes of poverty and the unequal division of resources and development.

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$50,000 CISCO VOTE WINNER

TEACHERS RESOURCE LABS - India

Women and Girls are reaching their full potential in STEM related careers through a lab model that builds teachers’ capacities in science, math, and language.

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Read Our Blog

Visit our Scale X Design Accelerator blog and learn much more about how Scale X Design aims to leverage brilliant ideas to change lives.

Scale X Design Cohorts

Congratulations to previous finalists of CARE's Scale X Design Impact Challenge! 

Support Cohort 2 Teams

This year, the Cohort 2 teams are asking for support through Pro-Bono Skills, Connections Needed, and Catalytic Investments. View each team’s specific needs.

2018 Event Sponsors

Atlanta

Special thanks to our sponsor for helping us bring the best of innovation to a global scale!
 

Silver Sponsors: 

 

Silicon Valley

Special thanks to our sponsors for helping us bring the best of innovation to a global scale!
 

Gold Sponsor:
John and Tashia Morgridge


Silver Sponsors: