The Impact Challenge is a regional business competition that awards funding and brings regional attention to the most innovative, impactful, and viable start-up social ventures.

After a three-level application process, honorees chosen by an expert jury receive public recognition, and share unrestricted seed capital and expert professional services.

Eligibility and Requirements

Businesses that are eligible are incorporated or hold significant operations in New England, have generated less than $1,000,000 in total revenue to date, and create viable, sustainable, market-based solutions to social, environmental, or community challenges.

We look for start-up ventures that make a clear and compelling case for how they create positive social or environmental impact in the community. While we don’t disqualify applicants based on stage, legal structure, or lack thereof, we look for businesses that have a proven and viable business models. The business plan and strategy must be clear, compelling and comprehensive, and the team must demonstrate an understanding of what’s needed to execute it successfully.

If you are selected as an Honoree, you must prepare and deliver a finalist pitch to a panel of judges.

Businesses that are eligible are incorporated or hold significant operations in New England, have generated less than $1,000,000 in total revenue to date, and create viable, sustainable, market-based solutions to social, environmental, or community challenges.

We look for start-up ventures that make a clear and compelling case for how they create positive social or environmental impact in the community. While we don’t disqualify applicants based on stage, legal structure, or lack thereof, we look for businesses that have a proven and viable business models. The business plan and strategy must be clear, compelling and comprehensive, and the team must demonstrate an understanding of what’s needed to execute it successfully.

If you are selected as an Honoree, you must prepare and deliver a finalist pitch to a panel of judges.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2016 Impact Challenge have now closed.

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Judges

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Past Honorees See all

  • Fresh Farm Aquaponics

    FRESH Farm Aquaponics is part of a rising tide of entrepreneurs using Aquaponics and other Food 4.0 Smart Agriculture Technologies…

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  • Asarasi

    Asarasi is pioneering the recovery and bottling of “naturally pure tree-drawn water,” creating value-added farm based products from organic and…

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  • Hartford Prints

    Hartford Prints! is Handmade and homegrown goods. They make letterpress stationery, urban streetwear, and local love.

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  • Movia Robotics

    MOVIA Robotics provides an innovative approach in educating children with autism to form connections inside the world we live in…

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  • Planet Fuel Beverage

    Planet Fuel makes delicious, healthy, organic beverages. They promote environmental education and encourage our consumers to participate in efforts to protect…

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  • Parrot MD

    ParrotMD gives doctors and nurses the ability to audibly record instructions for the patient loudly, clearly, and in their native…

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Features from Past Impact Awards

  • Impact Awards 2015 - Welcome to the Future