What is a Design Challenge?

Design Challenges are competitions that help create better solutions to society’s most complicated problems. We support innovators and entrepreneurs to design products and services with real social impact.

How does a Design Challenge work?

With our partners we identify a challenge where better designed products and services might make a difference and then we create a ‘Call for Ideas’, open to as wide a range of participants as possible.

Next we select the best teams and provide funding and support to accelerate their path towards success. Our acceleration phase can range from 3 to 6 months.

Finally we use our networks to help them launch and win customers or further development funding. And we monitor and measure their progress so that we can see how effective we have been creating impact.

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What have we achieved?

Over the past 5 years we have helped to launch more than 30 products and services to market. From our work with Nominet Trust on digital services to tackle youth unemployment, to our partnership with the Department of Health to reduce violence and aggression in A&E, Design Challenges have delivered practical solutions to a huge range of social issues.

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Taking part

Design Challenges are open competitions so in every Challenge there are opportunities to contribute ideas and participate. Keep an eye out on our website, @DCChallenges twitter feed, or sign up to our newsletter to hear first about new Challenges.

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