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What to Expect During the Application Process

Build a team

​Are you ready to work on one of the most pressing issues of our time? Great.  Then grab a few friends or classmates who are equally committed to this challenge and start creating!

Submit Application will only accept Balance Grant Applications online from our Network applicants during the open application window.  We strongly suggest that you download and use this Balance Grant Worksheet to prepare for your online application.  Support materials (e.g. 2-minute pitch videos, mock-ups, storyboards, designs, scripts) are encouraged but not required. 

Review and Select

An informed group of judges will review and evaluate all proposals using the following criteria:

  1. Responsiveness: How well your idea addressed digital addiction and tech/life balance.  And don’t worry - we don’t expect unicorns or silver bullets. 
  2. Unique Approach - They’ll also be looking to see how unique your solution is in the space. We strongly prefer that to be the case. If not, how is your solution a dramatic improvement over existing solutions that are similar?

  3. Execution Plan – Have you demonstrated that you have taken the time to think through how your idea can be executed and the resources you will need to succeed.

  4. Team: How passionate is your team about solving the problem and have you identified the skills needed for your idea to succeed. 

Applicant Interview

Based on the judges' scoring matrix, the top three (3) applicants from each of the Active Minds and Design for America applicant pools will be invited and required to give a 20-minute presentation via Zoom to a panel of judges.

Celebrate and Begin

If your idea is selected, the winning applicant will embark on a six-month journey as a Innovator. You will be introduced to and supported by your peer grant winners, our friends and partners, global innovators, and change agents.  Together we are creating a social movement that inspires youth to reverse the negative effects of digital overload and embraces the joy of simply being human. 

Collaboration Summit

LookUp firmly believes in the power of collaboration, which is why our winning teams are invited to participate in the Collaboration Summit, April 24th and 25th.  The 2020 Summit, which is hosted by our partners at BlackRock Investments, will be help in downtown San Francisco. As a new member of the community, this is a fantastic opportunity to bond with your peer Balance Grant winners, mentors, entrepreneurs, social innovators, and industry leaders.  

LookUp Lab

Our innovative grant winners are a vital part of LookUp’s global community and automatically become members of the LookUp Lab. During your project’s incubation period, additional resources will be available to help bring winning project ideas forward towards MVP status or beyond. 


Being part of the LookUp Lab does not preclude participation and or development of winning concepts in your school’s entrepreneurial or design programs as well. In fact, we encourage it!