Scale X Design Challenge

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Announcing this year's SXD Tour Dates:

February 27, 2019
New York
March 5, 2019
San Francisco
March 7, 2019
March 2019

Meet Cohort 3

Cohort 3 of the Scale X Design Accelerator focuses on innovations that help us deliver on our commitment to Women’s Economic Empowerment. Meet the teams now! 

Revisit Cohorts 1 & 2

Take a look at the teams who participated in Cohorts 1 and 2. Follow their story and see where they are now. 

Bridging the Gap Between Innovation and Impact

What is Scale X Design?

Teams from around the globe with innovativeproven, and scalable ideas are selected to participate in a year-long program that builds core skills for scaling innovations and delivers 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. This 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.

At CARE’s Scale X Design Challenge, teams pitch their ideas—and their vision for scale—to a panel of expert judges who will select three winners for the ultimate cash prize!


Looking Back: 2018 Scale X Design Challenge 

In 2018 CARE welcomed Cohort 2 to the stage at events in both Atlanta and Silicon Valley and hosted two incredibly successful pitch night celebrations.

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.

Watch highlights from the events here

See Investment Opportunity

Read the 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. Get the latest news about the program and stay up-to-date on announcements for the 2019 SxD Challenge.

2018 Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winning teams of CARE's 2018 Scale X Design Challenge! All fourteen teams did an incredible job of pitching their ideas and the winners really blew the judges and the audience away with their innovations for scale.

Support Cohort 2 & 1 Teams

There are still ways to support teams that have competed in the past. The teams have asked for support through Pro-Bono Skills, Connections Needed, and Catalytic Investments. View each team’s specific needs and see where you can help.

2018 Highlights Reel

Did you miss the 2018 SxD Challenge events in Atlanta and Silicon Valley? Watch the highlights and view the teams' pitches here. Make sure you join our mailing list so that you won't miss out on next year's events.

Event Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of the 2019 and 2018 Scale X Design Challenge and helping us bring the best of innovation to a global scale! For 2019 sponsorship information, email