Accelerating Scalable, Sustainable, Human-Centered Innovations to support Global Health and Wellbeing.

The Bay Area Global Health Innovation Challenge is an annual competition founded by the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and the HealthRoots Foundation for Global Health, which sponsors the $10,000 HealthRoots Grand Prize. This core partnership has now expanded to include the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences and UC Davis. We offer student teams from all schools, disciplines, and degree levels (undergrad through post-doc) the opportunity to present their ideas for low-cost, high-impact, and scalable global health solutions to world leaders in health, tech, design, and impact investing. 

All finalist teams receive powerful mentorship and development opportunities from expert judges, mentors, and advisors— and one team goes home with the $10,000 HealthRoots Grand Prize. Learn more about this year's challenge timeline and focus areas.



We're excited to welcome Challenge judges, team mentors, speakers and workshop leads, expert reviewers, and more from world leaders in health, design, tech, and impact investing, including DRK Foundation,, Kaiser Permanente Design Consultancy, Medtronic Labs, and PATH. More announcements coming soon on team support and opportunities from our incredible partners.


The 2018 Challenge

This year's Challenge begins with the Team and Project Registration phase. Semi-Finalists will be asked to submit full applications in March, which will be reviewed by our expert review panel. Finalist teams selected from this round will be invited to San Francisco on May 4-5, 2018, for networking and learning activities, culminating in a public pitch event and awards ceremony. 


The first round of submissions for the Challenge are OPEN NOW. In this round, we'll ask you to provide team resumes, a short statement of purpose, and basic information about your project. We're looking for teams with multi-disciplinary backgrounds; high-potential ideas; and innovative approaches to the challenges they address.