Apply to the Changemaker Challenge

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Changemaker Challenge – 2017-18 Dates & Deadlines
Office Hours & Info Sessions


Final Hours:
Sunday February 25, 2018 – Tempe (T)** - Noon – 6 p.m.

Application DeadlineSunday, Februrary 25, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Pitch Practice (by appointment)TBD 
Pitch DaySaturday March 31, 2018 - Tempe (T)**
Awards CeremonyTBD

** Note all locations at Changemaker Central
**Downtown (D), Polytechnic (P), Tempe (T), West (W)

Have questions about your application? Want feedback on your idea? Check out our 1 on 1 office hours sessions. Meet with a fellow student on the Changemaker Challenge committee and enhance your chances of being a finalist!

Final Office Hours are in the Tempe Changemaker only. If you need assistance or are having technical difficulties with your application feel free to contact us via phone or email as well.

A complete Changemaker Challenge submission must include the following:

  • 2-page Executive Summary
    • Formatting requirements. Word or PDF document, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins
    • Content requirements. Please describe:
      • Your project, prototype, venture, or community partnership idea
      • The impact of your idea including the potential of your idea to grow or scale and the metrics you will use to measure your impact and success
      • The amount of Changemaker Challenge funding you are seeking to implement your idea
  • 10 Slides
    • Formatting requirements. PDF document ONLY, no font or margin requirements 
    • Content requirements.
      • At least one slide must include your budget (a breakdown of all expenses you anticipate with a justification for each)
      • At least one slide must include your plan for implementing your innovation, including the timeline you will use for implementing your innovation, and who will be involved with your implementation (team members and/or mentors)
      • At least one slide must include potential risks/challenges and solutions to overcome these challenges
      • May include tables, images, etc.
  • Mentor Commitment Form. Your team mentor must submit a mentorship commitment form on your behalf. Forms should be submitted electronically with the executive summary and slides.

The Application Process

Proposals are being accepted using the iStart platform. Before you may submit an application the Team Leader must register and create a profile on the platform and then provide information about team members and the team’s mentor. Please carefully read through ALL of the following steps to register on the iStart platform. The iStart registration process can take between 30 to 40 minutes to complete and we recommend that you register well in advance of the application deadline.

STEP 1. Register at Please read through all the steps on this page before registering.
Click on the "Log in to Register" button.

STEP 2. Create an iStart account
Create an iStart account by clicking on the "Register" link. If you already have an iStart account, log in and go to Step 6.

STEP 3. Create user profile
Create a user profile by filling out all the required information marked by an asterisk.

STEP 4. Click "Create Profile"
After filling out all the required information, click on the "Create Profile" button located toward the bottom of the page. iStart will then send you a verification email.

STEP 5. Click the link in verification email
When you receive the verification email from iStart, click on the link in the email. In case you don't receive the email, be sure to check in your SPAM folder.

STEP 6. Click "Submit Business"
Click on the "Submit Business" button to start creating a team profile.

STEP 7. Create team profile
Fill out all the required information to create your team profile. Don't worry about submitting a logo or anything else that may not be applicable to you.

STEP 8. Fill application form
After you submit the team profile, you can fill out the Changemaker Challenge application. There are a total of 7 sections. Please be sure to follow all the rules mentioned on this page. Failure to follow rules will result in disqualification.

STEP 9. Submit Application
Click the "Submit" button after filling out all the information. You will then see a confirmation message saying that your application has been saved.

STEP 10. You're done!
And that’s it! Remember that you can make changes to your proposal until the deadline: 6:00 pm (Arizona Time) on Sunday, Februrary 25, 2018

Please remember that failure to follow any of the rules and guidelines will result in disqualification from the Changemaker Challenge.

Changemaker Challenge terms and conditions.