Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible?
All applicants must be enrolled in a higher-education institution located in the United States of America
Teams are strongly encouraged to apply
At least two members of the team must be underclassmen to ensure that campus-focused initiatives are sustainably executed
Campus competition applicants must be enrolled at one of our higher-education partner institutions. Please refer to the specific campus competition requirements for additional requirements.
Virtual Campus competition applicants can represent any US higher-education institution
Do I need a faculty adviser?
Yes. We want you to have as much support as possible. Applicants will need to list their faculty advisor's name and contact information on the application.
What are the amounts of each grant?
Each campus competition has a different prize strategy. Please reference their websites for more information. Grant values, in general, will range from $250 to $2,500.
Do we need to submit a budget with my application?
Absolutely. All applicants must outline their estimated project budget and indicate how this grant will be applied to their budget in its first year.
Will you select multiple winning teams?
Yes. We will select multiple winning teams from the Virtual Campus Competition. Total number of awards given will depend on the funding needs of the Finalists. Each team may be awarded up to $2,500.
Campus Competitions have their own criteria. Please refer to individual school websites or our Campus Competition page for more information.
Can we use the grant money on anything we want?
All grant funds must be used to advance your team’s idea to its next stage. Examples of appropriate use of funds include: printing, design, market research, facility rentals, product development, etc. The funds are not for personal use and will not be approved for stipends.
How can we access the grant funds?
LookUp does not release grant funds to individuals for personal use. Grant funds will only be released through LookUp’s approved academic or Virtual Campus partners. Clubs or Charters that have independent bank accounts will be considered. In some cases, LookUp will manage distribution of funds. In this case, LookUp will provide grant payment guidelines.
Most grantees coordinate with their respective faculty adviser’s department to receive and manage the grant funds. This information must be provided to LookUp prior to receiving the grant agreement.
How can I learn more about the application process?
Campus Competition applicants, please refer to your respective websites or visit our Campus Competition page for a brief overview.
Virtual Campus applicants can learn more on our website by visiting “What to Expect from the Virtual Campus Application Process.”
A live information session will be held for those who register for the Virtual Campus Competition. A recording of the information session will also be made available.
Is participation in the LookUp Collaborative Summit required?
Yes. LookUp firmly believes in the power of collaboration, which is why our winning teams are invited to participate in and present your winning idea at the LookUp Collaborative Summit.
Is participation in the LookUp Leadership Lab required?
Absolutely! The LookUp Leadership Lab is a unique opportunity for you to bond and collaborate with your peer Social Innovators from around the world. Additionally, you will be guided by LookUp's Executive Mentors and Leadership Coaches who will not only help you further develop your product or campaign idea, they will expand your leadership toolkit so you can mobilize others for social change.
We understand that some members of your StartUp Compeition team may not be able to continue with the program due to unknown circumstances. This is OK. LookUp’s leadership team and your mentor will guide you through the process of recruiting new team members - if needed.
Can I apply for more than one grant?
Applicants who have already won a grant may not apply for a second grant in the same school year. Those who previously applied and did not win are welcome to submit new or improved concepts.
Can I participate in both the Campus Competition and the Virtual Campus competition?
No. If you have access to a Campus Competition, then you must participate in your school’s competition. The only exception is if a competition takes place as part of a course in which you are not registered. If this is the case, then you may participate in the Virtual Competition.
Does it cost money to participate in the LookUp StartUp Competition?
It is free to participate in the LookUp StartUp Competition. You or your school will be accountable for any travel cost to the Collaborative Summit, but due to COVID-19, we do not expect any student travel during the 2020/2021 school year.
Where can I find resources to learn more about the issues and to further develop my idea?
It all depends on the specific issue area that you are choosing to address (e.g. social media, cyber-bullying, porn, gaming addiction, social isolation). We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite resources to get you going, which can be found on our Resource page.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
If you still have questions, send us an email to julie@LookUp.live. We're happy to help!