About the Challenge

2017 Challenge


The 2017 Rathmann Challenge will focus on the environment. The specific issue to be addressed is currently under development.

The application, guidelines, eligibility and full calendar for the 2017 Rathmann Challenge will be available on this website in November 2016. Subscribe to the Rathmann Innovation Center newsletter to keep up to date.

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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. Subscribe to the Rathmann Innovation Center newsletter to keep up to date on our calendar and funding focus announcements.

The Rathmann Challenge is a program of the Rathmann Innovation Center.