Unlock the Secrets to a Successful Grand Challenge

  1. Defining a Grand Challenge
  2. Identifying the right Grand Challenge for your organization
  3. Program design
  4. Engaging the technical community
  1. Developing a timeline
  2. Prize strategies
  3. When to partner on a Grand Challenge
  4. Successfully marketing a Grand Challenge


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The Grand Challenge is becoming more and more embraced as a proven formula for advancing societal causes and building reputation and stature in today’s world. The convergence of solving a problem by rallying resources around the organization’s mission in collaboration with the world’s foremost experts and scientists is how foundations and nonprofits can cement their position as major players while making a positive, societal impact.

Innovation Grand Challenges have existed in various forms for centuries, from challenges to identify a ship’s longitudinal location during transoceanic voyages in the early 1700’s, to contemporary challenges such as eradicating malaria or making solar energy economical. They capture the imagination of the world and galvanize the innovator community.