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.


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! Join us at a Challenge in either Atlanta or Silicon Valley this February 2018.

A live video stream of both events will be available via Facebook Live on the CARE Facebook page. The Atlanta stream begins February 1, 2018, 7:25 PM EST. The Silicon Valley stream begins February 9, 2018, 7:00 PM PST.     


Who are the teams? 

In 2017, Cohort 1 was a great success with truly impactful programs. This year, Cohort 2 is equally impressive with a wide-range of initiatives, ranging from entrepreneurship training in the West Bank, bio-gas businesses in Ghana, youth-friendly health centers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to engaging men and boys in gender-based violence prevention in Egypt and a weather forecast app for farmers in Vietnam. The breadth of the programs, and levels of data supporting them, continues to show the evolution of CARE’s ability to work across sectors and regions.

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.

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