Lumina Foundation Education Innovation Prize

A call for innovative solutions that can help U.S. adults with little to no college experience earn degrees, certificates, and other high-quality credentials.

Adult Postsecondary Education Attainment Challenge

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.


At Lumina, we envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through abroad range of credentials. The nation will need 60 percent of working-age people to have college degrees, workforce certificates or other quality credentials by 2025 to meet social and economic demands. To help 16.4 million Americans who are not yet on track, dramatic changes are necessary.


The Lumina Foundation Education Innovation Prize is aimed at identifying innovations that will help us reach this goal, presenting them to a gathering of education funders, investors, and practitioners, and awarding the top innovators with cash prizes and in-kind support.


Challenge participants will be asked to consider the following question. 'How might we develop a cost effective, rapidly scalable platform, service, or product that can help U.S. adults with little to no college experience earn degrees, certificates, and other high-quality credentials by the year 2025?'

Prizes

One winner may win both prizes!

  • $25,000

    Judges Choice Prize
    Awarded by the live judges panel at the LIFTed Convening
  • $25,000

    Audience Choice Prize
    Awarded by the live audience votes at the LIFTed Convening

Timeline

  • 2March

    Submission Deadline:
    5pm EST
  • 3-14March

    Preliminary Judging:
    6 semifinalists selected
  • 16March

    Video interviews with semifinalists
  • 19March

    Semifinalist Judging:
    3 finalists selected
  • 27March

    LIFTed Convening:
    Winner(s) announced