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Challenge European Access Network – Lumina Foundation Challenge: Growing and Sustaining a Non-Profit Organization
European Access Network – Lumina Foundation Challenge: Growing and Sustaining a Non-Profit Organization
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 266
Posted: Aug 11 2014
Challenge ID: 9933174
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European Access Network (EAN) was formed two decades ago for the purpose of encouraging wider access and successful participation in higher education for disadvantaged and under-represented groups. Although EAN is based in Europe, membership is international and open to all who are committed to ensuring greater support for post-secondary education globally. The goal is to grow and sustain this small, non-profit organization, which has big ambitions, but few resources.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.


EAN is a small membership organization based in Europe. Despite our size, we are dedicated to a big goal – the achievement of access, equity, diversity, and inclusion in post-secondary education globally as well as within Europe. To achieve this, we work wherever possible with larger and better resourced organizations. We are looking to increase our impact and influence worldwide to make a stronger contribution to the achievement of wider access and success in higher education. To do this effectively, we need to secure our long term viability. The goal is to grow and sustain EAN with solutions that focus primarily on business development and/or financial planning & resource efficiency.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $10,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,000.
  • Submission forwarding occurs during the Challenge.  Since submissions will be forwarded to the Seeker throughout the Challenge, please make sure you upload only a finished proposal. You can submit an updated version of your proposal only as a new submission. If you submit an updated version of your proposal, please clearly indicate the new items and/or edits compared to your previous submission. This will allow the Seeker to quickly find the new information and determine how it improves your submission.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on September 25, 2014. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

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In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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