The Rise Prize application deadline has been extended to Sunday, May 17 at 11:59pm EST due to impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our institutions, organizations, businesses, and communities. We fully expect for applicants to prioritize the care of themselves and their families right now. We look forward to reviewing your innovative solutions soon!
The Rise Prize is for US-based organizations of any age, size, or type that are currently working on direct impact initiatives for student parents as well as other students, for example:
Yes! We encourage those with early-stage ideas to apply for the Early Stage application pool.
Organizations with ideas that have demonstrated product/market fit and strength of the market as well as measured impact on customers/end users should apply in the Mature Stage prize pool. In cases where applicants did not select the correct application pool, Prize evaluators will reassign applicants following consultation.
There are no conditions or reporting requirements attached to winning the Rise Prize, but we hope to stay in touch on the impact of your solution.
No, the challenge is intended for US-based organizations serving student parents domestically.
No. The Rise Prize is open to for-profit, non-profit organizations, and traditional and non-traditional postsecondary programs. Departments within postsecondary institutions are welcome to apply.
No. There is no fee to submit an entry.
No. Unfortunately, applications not completed and submitted by the application deadline will not be accepted. All entry materials need to be submitted by May 17, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.
All answers must be written in English.
You will have the option to make your application public or private based on whether you would like to use the platform to network with other applicants.
Yes, the prize money must be attributed to the specific solution or initiative that your organization has pitched. It may not go towards unrelated programs or initiatives in the organization.
No. However, we will match finalists with the advisor best fitted with the domain knowledge to help refine the solution.
A team of subject-matter experts, who bring a range of perspectives to the table, will evaluate each entry. The judges include: Ascend Parent Advisors, experts in postsecondary education and economic mobility, and staff from Imaginable Futures, Lumina, and Entangled.
Winners will be notified during the week of May 25, 2020.
No. The prize money is meant to accelerate the most innovative solutions for student parents.
Yes. If you are selected as a finalist, you will be required to give a virtual pitch to our judges the weeks of May 15 and 22. Winners will be selected and notified the week of May 25, 2020. A subset of the winners will present at Jobs for the Future Horizons on June 9-10, 2020.
No, winners selected to attend Jobs for the Future Horizons will have their travel covered.
6 winners from the Early Stage category will be awarded $50,000 each.
3 winners from the Mature Stage category will be awarded $200,000 each.
1 winner for the Risers’ Choice will be awarded $100,000. Risers’ Choice winner will be selected by the Ascend PSP Parent Advisor judges.
Disqualification can happen for several reasons, including but not limited to: