Press and Partners:
Please email BAGHChallenge@gmail.com for more information on the challenge and our supporting partners. 

 Program Contacts:
Hildy Fong, UC Berkeley Center for Global Public Health
Rachel Leslie, Stanford University Center for Innovation in Global Health
Camille Rocca, HealthRoots Foundation for Global Health


2017 Challenge Details & Timeline

2017 Challenge Timeline

Online submissions open: January 5, 2017

Online submissions close: February 28, 2017

Finalist announcement: April 2017

Challenge competition: May 20, 2017 in San Francisco Bay Area


The Bay Area Global Health Innovation Challenge is an annual competition hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and the HealthRoots Foundation for Global Health. We offer student teams from universities worldwide the opportunity to present their ideas for low-cost, high-impact, and scalable global health innovations. 

Following an open call for submissions, the top teams will be invited to the San Francisco Bay Area to present their innovations to a panel of judges composed of potential investors, philanthropists, and angel investors, as well as the opportunity to participate in mentoring workshops, and network with peers from around the globe. These teams will compete for the grand prize of $10,000 in seed funding and engage with a high-level cohort of judges and speakers who have been carefully selected based on their commitments to changing the global health landscape through philanthropy, mentorship, and development. 

We seek to give student teams the following: 

  • EXPOSURE AND SPONSORSHIP: Aside from the grand prize to the winning team, all finalist teams will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to high-level judges who have committed to supporting student teams who win them over.

  • MENTORSHIP AND NETWORKING: Finalist teams will have a chance to network, not only with their peers from around the globe, but also with top Bay Area social investors, philanthropists, and educators who have committed to mentoring student teams through a series of workshops, talks, and one-on-one networking events to be held during the competition.

  • EXPERT FEEDBACK: Ideas will be evaluated by top researchers and scientists in the field of global health hailing from from UC Berkeley, Stanford, other Bay Area schools, as well as technology and industry partners.


Note: These instructions refer to the 2017 competition. Please consult this page in Fall 2017 for details on the 2018 competition.

To compete, your team will need to provide the following materials using our online submission system:

  1. Project/team description: please provide the title of your innovation, as well as the names, contact information, academic standing, and resumes/CV’s of all team members.
  2. Supplemental information: Please provide 1) an abstract (250-word limit), 2) a description of the state of your innovation (i.e. where it is in the development pipeline; also 250-word limit), and 3) a description of your current supporters and mentors (250-word limit).
  3. Main submission material: This should be in the form of EITHER 1) a link to a five-minute video (hosted on YouTube or Vimeo) with your innovation pitch or 2) a slide-deck/slide presentation describing your innovation, not exceeding ten slides. There may be animations and short demo videos in the slide deck. 

See our FAQ for further details