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)
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.
Semi-finalists selected by a committee of Columbia faculty and technology entrepreneurs.
Bootcamp sessions in prototyping, financial planning, and pitching/storytelling will be available for semi-finalists.
Round Two: Business Models, Prototype and 3 Year Budget Due
This stage includes semifinalist pitches and announcement of finalists by a committee of CU faculty and technology entrepreneurs.