Attendees smile following the 2015 UpPrize final event.

UpPrize 2017

The UpPrize showcase on March 30, 2017 at the Heinz History Center was a memorable moment. Over 400 investors, neighbors, and partners came to learn about 10 significant innovations that will make our community better for all. Hundreds of people helped to make UpPrize 2017 the success that it was. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this process, those who designed it, those who guided it, those who supported it, those who participated in it – we couldn’t have done it without you! Most importantly, we thank our 205 social innovators that submitted ideas.

Learn more about the competition and finalists on the UpPrize website.

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How it works:



The UpPrize process is designed to engage the creative thinking of regional innovators to solve some of our community’s most pressing problems. As in-depth research process produced the areas in which innovation is most heavily needed and a multi-stage competition enables the existing innovation ecosystem to develop the best possible solutions.



Awards will include $10,000 grants for finalists, and an additional $300,000 in grants and $300,000 in investments.  Additional targeted support will be provided through a network of partners.



UpPrize is open to nonprofits, start-ups, established firms, students, and government agencies. Anyone, from a student to a seasoned entrepreneur is eligible to participate.

Learn More:      UpPrize Website     Next Pittsburgh     Pittsburgh Post Gazette   BNY Mellon      90.5 WESA