Launched in 2014, the Rathmann Challenge engages with those who have forward thinking ideas and are willing to challenge themselves and their professional colleagues to come up with a better solution. Providing opportunities for Even Bigger Ideas® is the primary objective of the Rathmann Challenge. We seek those possessing the creativity, entrepreneurial ethos, and innovative spirit to make a positive difference in the world through their directed passion, new ideas, and energy.
Rathmann Challenge applicants have a proven ability to implement a successful program. They also have an Even Bigger Idea® that, if given the opportunity, could benefit the world. The Rathmann Challenge recipient receives $100,000 for their past outstanding work and the exclusive invitation to apply for an Even Bigger Idea® grant of $200,000. Put them together and $300,000 could turn a vision into reality.
Offered biennially, the Rathmann Challenge rotates through various funding areas: Arts and Culture; Education; Environment; Health; Human Services; International Aid; Public Affairs; Technology; and Science.
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The Rathmann Challenge is a program of the Rathmann Innovation Center.