The Westly Prize recognizes young innovators in California with creative solutions to community problems. Up to four $20,000 prizes will be awarded through a competitive selection process. Two of the prizes will be given to high school students. Two other prizes will be awarded to university students or professionals 28 years old or younger.
“We want to empower the best and brightest young minds in California to be entrepreneurs for their communities,”
The Westly Foundation invites nominations and applications of young innovators living in California whose work has the potential to improve the lives of people in their communities. Candidates are evaluated based on several criteria, such as whether their innovation is an advancement over existing solutions to a community problem (for example, in education, health care or the environment)
Applications are due by November 2, 2012. Candidates must submit an application and a short YouTube video showcasing their innovation. Westly Prize winners will be announced in December or January.
For more information about the Westly Prize or to submit a nomination or application, please visit http://westly.org/
About the Westly Foundation
The Westly Foundation is a private family foundation founded in 2000 by Steve Westly and Anita Yu. The foundation supports programs that improve the trajectory of underserved and at-risk children in California. Since its inception, the foundation has provided support for children in the areas of education, youth development, health care, and the ecosystems children grow up in (from the environment to immigration to clean water). Now in its second decade, the foundation seeks to broaden its impact by investing in innovation and technology in its core funding areas.
David Viotti, Executive Director, Westly Foundation