Funding Opportunities


More than $750,000 is now available for select CGI U 2014 student commitment-makers. These funding opportunities are outlined below.

The Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge

Through its Social Venture Challenge, The Resolution Project will provide a total of $100,000 in seed funding to select CGI U commitment-makers to help turn their ideas into action. Upon being accepted to attend CGI U 2014, students can apply online to participate in the Challenge, and selected finalists will compete at the CGI U meeting to receive seed funding, mentorship, and other pro bono services for their Commitments to Action. Learn more about the Social Venture Challenge.

The CGI University Network

The CGI University Network is a growing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to leading student innovators and entrepreneurs on their respective campuses. Thus far, more than 50 colleges and universities have joined the University Network and agreed to provide over $650,000 in funding to CGI U 2014 commitment-makers. Each member university provides a minimum of $10,000 total in funding to CGI U student commitment-makers, and each university decides how the funding is allocated. Students, faculty members, and administrators interested in recommending a school for the CGI University Network can do so here.

Up to Us

Up to Us, a nationwide campus competition launched by Net Impact, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, and CGI U, is an opportunity for students to build a movement to address our federal government's long-term debt. The first Up to Us competition was announced at CGI U 2012, and teams across the country designed and ran thought-provoking and impactful campaigns around the effects of rising federal debt on economic opportunity and investment in the future. The winning team, from the University of Virginia, was recognized at CGI U 2013. This year's competition features teams from 25 campuses across the United States, competing for a $10,000 prize and the chance to be recognized by President Clinton at CGI U 2014. To learn more, visit itsuptous.org.

CGI U 2014 Commitments Challenge

In the 4th annual CGI U Commitments Challenge, student teams square off to fund their Commitments to Action. Similar to the NCAA March Madness tournament, 16 students teams are competing in a head-to-head bracket to crowd-fund for their commitments. President Clinton will announce the winning team on Saturday, March 22 at the CGI U meeting. Regardless of who the final winner is, every student team will keep the funds that they raise for their commitments on CrowdRise. The top four projects will each receive an additional $1,250, and the winner of the bracket will receive an additional $5,000, made possible by Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist.org and craigconnects. Visit cgiu.org/challenge to donate now and help decide the winner.



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