Funding Opportunities


More than $750,000 was 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 2014 commitment-makers to help turn their ideas into action. Upon being accepted to attend CGI U 2014, students were able to apply online to participate in the Challenge, and selected finalists competed at the CGI U meeting to receive seed funding, mentorship, and other pro bono services for their Commitments to Action. Resolution Project winners are included in our Funded Commitments.

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. More than 55 colleges and universities joined the University Network in advance of CGI U 2014, agreeing to provide over $650,000 in funding to 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 featured 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 squared off to fund their Commitments to Action. Similar to the NCAA March Madness tournament, 16 students teams competed in a head-to-head bracket to crowd-fund for their commitments. Chelsea Clinton and Jimmy Kimmel announced the winning team, from Washington University in St. Louis, on Saturday, March 22 at the CGI U meeting. Visit cgiu.org/challenge to continue supporting these CGI U commitment-makers.



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