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Up to $1 million in prizes for innovators, entrepreneurs, and companies who create innovate, market-based technological solutions for social issues addressing 4 main categories and varying issues within these categories. The first place winners in each of the four main categories (education, health care, sustainability and transportation) will each receive $1 million. Two additional winners in each category will receive $250,000 each for a total of $6 million in prize money from Verizon.

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Investment

Underdog Ventures

Venture capital firm specializing in making investments in socially aware, high-net-worth individuals and companies. It prefers to invest in natural

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Internship or Fellowship

EDSi Fellows Program

Finalists and semi-finalists of the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition can apply for a 6-month hybrid of virtual weekly

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Host and Fellow Responsibilities

Host Organizations

  • Identify staff supervisor to manage I&E Climate Action Fellow
  • Submit fellowship description and tasks
  • Engage in the matching process
  • Mentor and advise students
  • Communicate with Berkeley program director and give feedback on the program.

Berkeley Program Director​

  • Communicate with host organizations, students, and other university departments to ensure smooth program operations

Student Fellows

  • Complete application and cohort activities
  • Communicate with staff and host organizations
  • Successfully complete assignments from host organization during summer practicum
  • Summarize and report summer experience activities post-fellowship