Google announces Impact Challenge Minnesota competition

Impact Challenge Minnesota participants.  

Google announced it is launching Impact Challenge Minnesota at its Grow with Google event last week.

"We are excited that Minnesota will be the home of our next Impact Challenge," Anne Klingeberger said in an interview with Minnesota Business Daily. "We’re looking forward to continuing to build strong ties with nonprofit organizations in all parts of the state and learning more about how the innovative ideas local nonprofits have to create economic opportunity for Minnesotans in their communities."

Klingeberger said all nonprofits registered as a 501(c)(3) that work to benefit their local or statewide community are welcome to apply to the Impact Challenge.

"Together with a panel of local judges, Google will review the applications and choose five winners to receive $175,000 in grant funding and training from Google," Klingeberger SAID. "After the five winners are announced, Minnesotans will be invited to vote on which project they think deserves to be named the People’s Choice winner, and awarded an additional $125,000. Submissions will be judged on community impact, innovation, reach and feasibility."

The Impact Challenge Minnesota will allow nonprofits in the state to submit proposals for ways to grow economic opportunities in their local communities.

Grow with Google is the tech company’s initiative to create economic opportunities.

"We try to fund a diverse group of projects that all support economic opportunity in their communities," Klingeberger said. "In February, Google awarded 10 local non-profits in Illinois funds for their positive influence in the local community."

Klingeberger said award recipients include After School Matters, a non-profit that provides teens with apprenticeships under various industry professionals, and North Lawndale Employment Network, a non-profit that provides transitional jobs for men and women re-entering society.

"Mattoon in Motion won the People’s Choice award and for their project to help fund construction of a new collaborative space for entrepreneurs of all ages," Klingeberger said.

Klingeberger said Iowa wrapped up its own impact challenge last month with five winners.

EMBARC, an organization that provides emerging leaders from refugee communities with the tools they need to become work-readiness trainers, was named People's Choice winner.

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