The USC Wrigley Sustainability Prize is an annual entrepreneurial competition supporting environmental ideas with market potential from within the USC community. This event highlights innovative start-up ideas from all disciplines and rewards concepts that could result in meaningful environmental change. Winning teams receive prize money to help translate their ideas into action.
Building on the environmental mission of the USC Wrigley Institute, the Prize supports the most compelling ideas that meet the following criteria: Innovation (How creative is the idea? Has it been done before?); Impact (How would the idea improve sustainability beyond the status quo?); and Feasibility (Can the idea be executed, and would it have commercial appeal?)
A selection committee of experts will judge submissions and help teams develop the most promising solutions. Throughout the competition, the teams receive mentorship from business, science, sustainability, and entrepreneurship experts, as well as networking opportunities. Finalists are invited to present their concepts at a public pitch showcase in April 2019 where the top three winners are selected and recognized.