Innovators will receive a $500 cash prize as an investment in their bold idea.
Why the Ambition Accelerator?
A motivated young person with a good idea can change the world, and when a young person realizes their power as a changemaker, the resulting ripple effect can change mindsets and even institutions. Our goal is to inspire a society that recognizes the power of everyone to transform the world for the better.
We aim to power the bold ambitions of the next generation as they disrupt broken systems and pursue positive change, supporting and championing young innovators to be the leaders of today.
Ambition Accelerator Timeline
By applying to the Ambition Accelerator, this is the chance to grow your changemaking abilities, access funding, receive feedback on your project, discover a community of like-minded young people, and more!
Ambition Accelerator Early Entry Prize: Taco Bell and Ashoka will select 6 outstanding teams from those that apply by June 1, 2022 (11:59 PM EST), for a cash prize of $500.
Additionally, all entries submitted by the early entry deadline will receive feedback to improve their application before the final deadline of July 21, 2022 (11:59 PM EST). Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will be considered for an early entry award if they apply by the early entry deadline.
From now to July 21st, applicants will get the chance to submit their ideas, receive feedback on their projects, learn new tools for making social impact, and network with other youth applicants.
- 25 selected teams will win a trip to participate at the Summit, to be hosted in November at Taco Bell Headquarters.
- Five teams will have the opportunity to pitch their project idea, and four of these teams will receive $10,000.
- One winning team will receive a grand prize of $25,000 in funding.
Expert reviewers from Ashoka and Taco Bell will offer feedback on all submitted ideas to support every applicant in their changemaker journey.
We will announce the 226 young innovators who will be awarded funding for their ideas and the 25 teams who will be invited to Taco Bell Headquarters for the Amibiton Accelerator Summit.
Paid Participation in the Taco Bell Ambition Accelerator Summit* featuring skills-building workshops and networking events, fostering connections with young changemakers from across the United States and its territories.
*Subject to change based on CDC COVID-19 safety recommendations