February 16, 2022

After competitive evaluation process, Phase 1 cohort (top 25) selected

We received 63 applications for this year’s Innovation Initiative (i2) $1 Million Challenge Grant. Applications were received from social impact entrepreneurs in San Diego and Imperial counties, as well as from outside our region, thanks to the help of many Innovation Affiliates who were helping spread the word of the grant opportunity.

Evaluations and selection of this first cohort were done by a team from Alliance in partnership with five Community Residents, individuals with live experience in health disparities.

In this first phase of the i2 journey, 25 qualified applicants were selected based on their solution’s description for closing an equity gap to advance health and wellness; focusing on root causes of inequities, and including the population(s) they seek to serve in the development of their solution. This Phase 1 cohort will participate in 10 weeks of entrepreneurial and educational workshops, including pitch practice, through the direction of Innovation Partner, Nex Cubed and in partnership with Alliance.

Welcome 2022 i2 candidates!

25 logos of i2 candidates

Logos of top 25 i2 candidates













About Innovation Initiative (i2) $1 Million Challenge Grant

The i2 Challenge Grant represents a 12-month demonstration and workshop cycle that allows eligible i2 applicants to hone their business plan and grant proposal with the aid of experts provided by Alliance and our Innovation Partner, Nex Cubed. The 12-months also allows our Program and Evaluation Committees time to get to know the applicants and develop a deeper understanding of their innovation solution. Read more.

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