Intuit's Social Innovation Challenges engage students from nonprofit partners and school districts to leverage design thinking to develop innovative solutions that help increase access to entrepreneurship and small business ownership for underrepresented groups.
About Intuit's Social Innovation Challenges
Engaging students to learn durable skills while making a positive impact in their communities
Learn real-world skills
Learn skills used by the most innovative founders & companies, including Intuit’s design thinking method, Design for Delight, and add new skills to your resume and/or college application.
Create a solution
Create solutions that interests you, leveraging your knowledge of design thinking. Then, identify potential customers, brainstorm, and test your ideas.
Compete with your team
Compete against other high school students across North America and test your new skills.
Lead with a Cause: Intuit's 2022 Social Innovation Challenge
This fall, Intuit presents a 6-week innovation experience led by teams of high school students across the country. Students are challenged to tackle the following question: How might we help underrepresented aspiring business owners access equitable opportunities to starting a new business?
of all venture capital dollars were received by all-women companies in 2020.1
of the $147 billion raised for startups in the first half of 2021 went to Black founders.2
of Latinx entrepreneurs struggle to access the capital and support they need to launch and grow.3
There could be as much as 10x more LGBTQ entrepreneurs in the US if everyone had equal access to funding and resources.4
of Black-owned businesses were at risk of financial distress before the pandemic, compared with about 27 percent of white-owned businesses.5
Latino owned businesses need to enroll 2x as many investors as White owned businesses to get the same level of funding.6
How to join the Challenge
Compete in the 2022 Social Innovation Challenge
Competing in the challenge is completely free. Register before September 26, 2022 to participate.
Put together a team of 2-8 people to help you build your solution during the challenge.
Take the self-paced Design for Delight Foundations course–this will help you and your team to create innovative solutions during the challenge.
The Challenge begins! Teams can get started on their projects, and utilize the workbook to guide their team’s progress, as well as the the Design for Delight Foundations course to familiarize themselves with the design thinking process.
All teams will submit their presentations and projects
Regional Winners Announced
Regional winners (10 teams) will move forward to compete in the final round of the challenge.
Teams will have access to Intuit mentorship to support them through the final phases of their project.
Finalist Team Submissions Due
All finalist teams will submit their presentations and projects
Final Winners Announced
Final winners will be announced and awarded a variety or prizes!
Prizes and awards
1st Place Finalists
$5,000 educational scholarships per student
2nd Place Finalists
$3,000 educational scholarships per student
3rd Place Finalists
$2,000 educational scholarships per student
$250-value prize per team & additional prototype funding
Design for Delight Certification Exam ($100 value)