HELP US SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OUR $1 MILLION EARLY CHILDHOOD INNVOVATION PRIZE

The first few years of a child’s life lay the foundation for future success. But too many young children are not reaching their full potential because existing approaches to early learning and development are not sufficiently addressing today’s challenges.

That’s why Gary Community Investments is partnering with OpenIDEO to launch the $1 Million Early Childhood Innovation Prize, an open innovation prize that is seeking solutions to the question, “How might we maximize every child’s potential during their first three years of life?” Now through February 15, we are calling on innovators of all kinds to submit ideas to help solve this pressing issue. Participants will have access to mentorship opportunities and could be eligible for a share of up to $1 million in funding.

We hope you will think about your network – do you have any early childhood educators, passionate parents, entrepreneurs, or designers in your life who would be interested in joining the Prize process? Early childhood needs the brainpower of thinkers from diverse backgrounds who are willing to offer innovative, ideas, lend mentorship, and invest capital to solve challenges together. We’d love your help in spreading the word, so we can source and support the best ideas possible.

Below is a communications toolkit with sample email, newsletter and social media copy to help you share this opportunity with your networks so we can drive impactful ideas and contributions to the Prize.

And please let us know if you’re interested in learning more or getting involved – we’d love to collaborate with you.

WEBSITE/NEWSLETTER/EMAIL COPY
The following copy can be used to promote the $1 Million Early Childhood Innovation Prize on your website or in newsletters or email communications. Please edit this to fit your specific communications.

The first few years of a child’s life lay the foundation for future success. But too many young children are not reaching their full potential because existing approaches to early learning and development are not sufficiently addressing today’s challenges. Knowing this, the $1 Million Early Childhood Prize is seeking solutions to the question, “How might we maximize the every child’s potential during their first three years of life?”

Join the Early Childhood Innovation Prize and submit your idea for solutions to early childhood challenges that are novel, more effective, efficient or scalable than current ones. A partnership between Gary Community Investments and OpenIDEO, the Prize enables people everywhere to use IDEO’s design thinking methodology, access mentorship opportunities and be eligible for up to a share of $1 million in funding.

Learn more and share your idea by December 22, 2017. #EarlyChildhood #ECPrize

SOCIAL MEDIA
The following are sample social media posts to use on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to follow and tag Gary Community Investments on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PitonFoundation) and Twitter (@GaryCommunity) and use the hashtags #ECPrize and #EarlyChildhood.

Facebook
Do you have an idea for how to maximize every child’s potential during the first three years of life? Join the $1 Million Early Childhood Innovation Prize, a partnership between @PitonFoundation and @OpenIdeo that’s looking for solutions to early childhood challenges that are novel, more effective, efficient or scalable than current ones. Winners will have access to mentorship opportunities and be eligible for up to a share of $1 million in funding. Learn more #EarlyChildhood #ECPrize: http://ideo.to/mIGAE8

Twitter
Everyone can be an #EarlyChildhood innovator! Join @garycommunity’s $1M #ECPrize: http://ideo.to/mIGAE8

The #ECPrize is live! Join @GaryCommunity & share #EarlyChildhood ideas for a chance at $1M: http://ideo.to/mIGAE8

Organizer:
Gary Community Investments & OpenIDEO
Event Date:
December 22, 2017
Event Location:
Global
Contact Email:
More Info:
https://openideo.com/ecprize