Start a project.


Apply to the social innovation challenge!

We give students up to $20,000 to make a positive impact.

You start with an idea. Any idea you feel is important. Maybe you envision this idea becoming a startup, non-profit, or student organization. We can work with all of these.

The mission of our annual Social Innovation Challenge is to encourage students to work on solving issues they are passionate about and that include tenets of social innovation.

The application is short and you don’t need to have a perfect plan before you apply — the point of OptimizeWayne is to help you develop it!

Applications can be started here and are due at 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 20th. We accept apps on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply the better. Stop waiting for someone else to change the world - why not you?