Find a Solution that Measurably Improves Outcomes
in Sustainability


Our natural environment provides everything we need for our survival and well-being – the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Despite our dependence on our natural environment, we continue to exceed sustainable limits for greenhouse gases, biodiversity loss, pollution and waste and numerous critical resources.

The climate crisis has exacerbated the world’s sustainability challenges – from rising sea levels to increased wildfires, rising temperatures, poorer air quality, water scarcity and food insecurity. At UCLA we view the climate crisis as an opportunity to make a difference and do things better.

As part of UCLA’s commitment to addressing the climate crisis and creating a more equitable and livable world for all Angelenos and beyond, the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge are partnering to invite applications to UCLA’s Innovation Challenge for technological solutions (digital or otherwise) to the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges.

If we make the best use of all existing climate solutions, the world can reach its point of equilibrium once again. We know that the society is well equipped for innovation and transformation today. Are you ready to be a part of the sustainability solution?

Technological solutions may address, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Water

  • Energy

  • Food & Agriculture

  • Transportation

  • Ecosystems


Use technology (digital or otherwise) to create a sustainable solution that will significantly improve the sustainability of our environment in the following areas: water, energy, climate, transportation, and/or ecosystems. The solution must address accessibility and affordability.

Judging Criteria


Your solution must use technology to have impact at the system level or the individual/consumer level, but also be pragmatic and commercially viable in light of the business, social and political environments. Successful sustainability solutions will meaningfully consider the environment, economy, and equity. .


Combined depth and breadth of value created both for firm and society. The team fully explains its structured thought process for identifying market need and societal value add.


The solution has a clear pathway to execution. The team has defined concrete next steps to implement the solution and provides ample evidence to prove the solution’s feasibility.


The solution is original, powerful, and differentiated from others. The team conveys evidence using research and demonstrates what makes its solution innovative.


Clear and compelling written and oral presentations. The team demonstrates vision, passion, and operating credibility to make the venture successful.

* Criteria are subject to change.

Important Dates

  • Registration Opens: 1/3/2023
  • Registration Deadline: 2/10/2023
  • Business Plan Submission Deadline: 2/24/2023 - 11:59PST
  • Sustainability Track Final Round: 4/28/2023

Rules and Contact Information


For questions, please contact Connor Dougherty, Innovation Challenge Program Manager at OR schedule a 1:1 meeting via Calendly