The innovator’s work represents a novel advancement over existing solutions to a community problem (for example, in education, health care or the environment).
The innovator has a working prototype of the solution that has been tested with some success and has strong potential to scale.
The innovator has an entrepreneurial mindset and resilience.
The innovator must be a resident of or live in California at the time of the application and throughout the selection process. Out-of-state residents enrolled in a California school are eligible. California residents attending school in a different state are also eligible.
The innovator must be age 27 years or younger as of December 31, 2016.
The innovation must be the work of the individual applicant. Awards are given to individuals, rather than organizations. You don’t have to be a start-up entrepreneur to apply. We also welcome applications from “intrapreneurs” working on innovative solutions within established organizations of any size.
Only one person may be nominated or apply for the same innovation.
Prize awards are unrestricted. There are no conditions on how prize money may be spent. Awards are given in recognition of the charitable work of successful applicants.
Finalists must participate in the Westly Prize Demo Day selection event on November 5, 2016, in the Palo Alto area to be eligible for a prize or honorable mention, and agree to publication of their innovation in any media.