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Current Competition

SIPA’s Annual Global Policy Challenge consists of three rounds of increasingly demanding competition.  The rounds correspond approximately with the “concept,” “design” and “prototype and pilot” phases of enterprise development.

Timeline for Academic Year 2024 Competition (September 2023 - April 2024)

September 2023

Round One Deadline: Applications Due

Teams submit an application describing an innovative idea that leverages technology and/or data to advance a public policy objective focused on the themes of: (1) Geopolitical Stability; (2) Democratic Resilience; (3) Climate and Sustainable Development; (4) Inclusive Prosperity and Macroeconomics Stability. Note: one team will be selected to focus one of these areas on Brazil. Other teams may focus on geographies across the globe.

October 2023

Semi-finalists Announced

Semi-finalists selected by a committee of Columbia faculty and technology entrepreneurs.

October 2023 through January 2024

Semi-finalists Bootcamp

Bootcamp sessions in prototyping, financial planning, and pitching/storytelling will be available for semi-finalists.

January 2024 - February 2024

Round Two: Business Model Canvas, Semi-Finalist Pitches

This stage includes semifinalist pitches and announcement of finalists by a committee of CU faculty and technology entrepreneurs.

March 2024 - April 2024

Round Three: Financial Planning Bootcamp, Pitching/Storytelling Bootcamp, Business Models, Prototype and 3 Year Budget Due & Budget for Pilot and Use of Prize Funding

April 2024

Final Pitches and Winners of Total of $50,000 Announced