SECU Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation

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Win $50,000 to Turn Your Idea into Reality!

Grand Prize Winner: $50,000
First Runner-Up: $25,000
Fan Favorites: $10,000 (up to two)
Emerging Idea: $5,000

Apply By December 1 ,2014

The power to transform North Carolina is only an idea away!

The 2015 SECU Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation rewards student teams that channel their creativity and talent to address critical issues affecting North Carolina’s future economic competitiveness and well-being.

The Contest: 

The Prize empowers teams of two to five students (undergrads or grad/professional students at any of N.C.’s two- and four- year colleges and universities) to help solve a problem affecting one or more of these areas: the economy, education, the natural and built environments, and health.

Have a great idea about how to build a better future? Perhaps your team wants to launch a social enterprise, create a media campaign, start a nonprofit, perfect a new technology, or create a for- profit business- or maybe you’ve got an entirely new approach or model in mind. Your team’s goal might be to:

  • Make rural communities better places to build a long career.
  • Raise high school graduation rates.
  • Make N.C.’s communities more walkable or bike-friendly.
  • Lower N.C.’s childhood obesity rate.

These are only a few examples, and challenges are everywhere. Your team can choose any challenge it wants to attack. Just be innovative, and back up your great idea with a solid implementation plan.

Turn your great idea for improving North Carolina’s future into reality with $50,000!


For complete application materials, download the SECU application and enter today:
2015 SECU Application
Please email your application to: by 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2014.


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Sponsored by The State Employees Credit Union and The SECU Foundation