At the UpPrize networking event 2015. Photo by Dave DiCello

UpPrize, the social innovation challenge by The Forbes Funds, is back after a stellar debut last year. And NEXTpittsburgh will once again host the UpPrize networking event to kick things off. If you were there last year, you know not to miss it. And if you weren’t, we suggest you sign up now before it fills up.

“It was the networking event of the year,” said Ilana Diamond of AlphaLab Gear. GTECH’s Andrew Butcher agreed, saying, “it was like walking into my inbox.”  We hope to see you there!

WHEN: Thursday, October 6th

WHERE: AlphaLab Gear

TIME: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

WHO IS INVITED: everyone! (21 and older please)

COST: Free!

Register here for the free event. We’ll have great food and drinks, and a roomful of entrepreneurs, nonprofits, techies and others with every chance to talk social innovation and network for all you’re worth. (We’ll help make it easy. Promise.)

UpPrize networking event at AlphaLab Gear, 2015. Photo by Dave DiCello.

About UpPrize

Beginning October 1, UpPrize will be accepting innovative solutions to challenges in our community. The social innovation competition is brought to you by The Forbes Funds with challenge partners BNY Mellon and Bridgeway Capital.

There are two challenge areas this year: 1) access to healthy food and 2) innovative technology. Each offers a total award purse of $350,000.

And this time, the geographic area has expanded to include all of Southwestern PA.

Applications will be accepted between October 1 and November 30. And please note: Nonprofits are strongly encouraged to participate.  Download the UpPrize information here.  And help spread the word! It is open to all. Questions? Email for answers. 

Stay tuned for more details and stories about UpPrize at NEXTpittsburgh!

The staff at NEXTpittsburgh writes about the people driving change in the region and the innovative and cool things happening here.