Dell Social Innovation Challenge Annual Competition

The Dell Social Innovation Challenge identifies and supports promising young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world's most pressing problems with their transformative ideas. Dell provides university students with world-class teaching and training, as well as with start-up capital and access to a network of mentors and advisors.

What Is Your Offer:

Dell offers and give out over $350,000 annually in cash and in-kind prizes. The Grand Prize Awards are chosen by judges, offering five cash prizes totaling $105,000.  The People’s Choice Awards are voted on in 17 categories by our online community--one $1,000 prize for each project earning the most online votes in 11 global issue areas and six geographic regions.  

Who Is Your Offer Targeting:

The Dell Social Innovation Challenge annual competition is open to ALL university students in the world–-it doesn’t matter what school you attend or what you’re studying.  And one doesnt  need a venture plan to enter.  Everything from early-stage ideas to mature projects that are up and running can compete to win. The innovation project could be vested in starting a nonprofit organization, a for-profit business, a campaign, community volunteerism, university club or even other informal or formal operations. 

How to respond to offer: Entering is free and easy! You can enter as many projects as you’d like, in any phase. Join. Complete your profile here. Build- Create your team by adding members, or find a team to join. Create- Complete your project page, which serves as your official competition entry. Learn- Build your influence to learn new skills for improving your project. Connect - Explore the Dell Social Challenge community to find interesting people and projects worldwide.

January 28   

Deadline to Enter the 2013 Challenge

February 18

Semi-Finalists announced

March 18    

Semi-Final Round Challenge assignments due. 

May 13

People's Choice Awards voting ends

April 8

Announcement of Top 40 Teams, Specialty Award winners, Phase Winners and 5 Grand Prize Finalists

May 11-16   

Finalist Week in Austin, Texas

May 14

Final Awards event in Austin, Texas