Solve the world’s biggest social challenges through tech-powered solutions.

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The Fishbowl Challenge brings together a select group of college students across the world to build tech-powered social ventures that address problems in Healthcare, Agriculture, Education Technology, Economic Empowerment, and Renewable Energy & Sustainability.


For 6 months, teams from around the world compete to win up to $50,000 in seed funding, receiving guidance from industry-leading mentors and judges along the way.

The Challenge Timeline

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Application period

Applicants complete and submit applications by July 10th, 2021. Recommenders submit recommendations by July 14th, 2021.

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Round 1

Teams begin the venture-building process by creating a business plan that addresses a social problem or market opportunity using technology and receive judge feedback.

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Round 3

Finalists develop a roadmap to market and post-program execution plans. Teams travel to a European city* to present the final version of their business plan in front of judges. 

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Team formation

Successful applicants join a global project team and are matched with an industry-expert mentor.

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Round 2

Teams test and refine their assumptions through iterative prototyping and customer research, before presenting to a judging panel via live video conferencing.

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Venture launch!

Winners receive up to $50,000 in prize money to bring their tech-powered social ventures to life!

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THE GRAND PRIZE?

Up to $50,000 in seed funding awarded to the winning ventures!


Winners will receive up to $50,000 in prize money to further develop their ideas. Access to subject matter experts, mentors, leading academics, and investors is also provided to help bring the winning visions to life.

Eligibility Criteria

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Education: The Fishbowl Challenge is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in a university/college, and those who have accepted admission into a university/college as of September 1, 2021.

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Background: Applicants from all around the world are welcome and encouraged to apply.

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Language: Applicants must be comfortable conversing in English, as it will serve as the primary language of communication during the competition.

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Recommendation: A recommendation will be required for each applicant. Applicants must submit the name and contact details of a recommender (no friends/family, but professional recommendations from school, work, or other projects are welcome).

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Got Questions?

For any additional questions, read through our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact us directly.

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