This fall, Intuit and FBLA present a 6-week innovation experience led by teams of high school students across the country. Students are challenged to tackle the following question: How might we help underrepresented aspiring business owners access equitable opportunities to starting a new business?
We want students to join us and ‘Lead with a Cause.’
About the Challenge
Intuit’s Social Innovation Challenge engage students from nonprofit partners and school districts to leverage design thinking to develop innovative solutions that help increase access to entrepreneurship and small business ownership for underrepresented groups.
- Learn Real-World Skills
Learn skills used by the most innovative founders & companies, including Intuit’s design thinking method, Design for Delight, and add new skills to your resume and/or college application.
- Create a Solution
Create solutions that interests you, leveraging your knowledge of design thinking. Then, identify potential customers, brainstorm, and test your ideas.
- Compete With Your Team
Compete against other high school students across North America and test your new skills.
Some of the Problems you are trying to solve:
- Only 1.2 percent of funding raised by startups in the first half of 2021 went to Black founders.
- 90 percent of Latinx entrepreneurs struggle to access the capital and support they need to launch and grow.
- All-women teams received just 2.3 percent of all venture capital dollars in 2020
- California, Massachusetts and New York — made up 73.1 percent of venture funding in the U.S. last year
Intuit wants FBLA students with bold visions to take on these real world challenges. You will learn design thinking and entrepreneurship skills from Intuit along the way and become leaders for your community.
Instructions for Participating
- Step 1 – Sign Up Now
Competing in the challenge is completely free. Register before September 30, 2022 to participate.
- Step 2 – Register Team Members
Put together a team of 2-8 people to help you build your solution during the challenge.
- Step 3 – Take the Design for Delight Foundations Course
Take the self-paced Design for Delight Foundations course. This course will help you and your team to create innovative solutions during the challenge.
- Step 4 – Join the Challenge!
Use the student workbook to document your team’s progress and prepare for the final presentations on October 13, 2022.
- September 30: Registration Closes – Be sure your team registers here before September 30th!
- October 3: Challenge Opens – The challenge begins! Project work begins today in addition to completing workbooks materials and the Design for Delight Foundations course.
- October 12: Submissions Due – All teams will submit their presentations and projects.
- October 14: Regional Winners Announced – Regional winners (10 teams) will move forward to compete in the final round of the challenge.
- October 14: Mentor Pairing – Each team will be paired with a mentor from Intuit to guide them through the final phases of their project development.
- November 9: Finalist Team Submissions Due – All finalist teams will submit their presentations and projects.
- November 15: Final Winners Announced – Final winners will be announced and awarded a variety or prizes!
Awards & Recognition
Design for Delight Certification Exam
All participants will get to take the Design for Delight Certification exam ($100 value)
1st Place – $5,000 Scholarship
Each student on the 1st place team will receive a $5,000 educational scholarship.
2nd Place – $3,000 Scholarship
Each student on the 2nd place team will receive a $3,000 educational scholarship.
3rd Place – $2,000 Scholarship
Each student on the 3rd place team will receive a $2,000 educational scholarship.
$250 Prize & Prototype Funding
Each student on the regional winning teams will receive a prize, valued at $250.