TOTAL PRIZE POOL

$20 million

Phase 1

$8.5 million

  • 30 finalists each received $250,000 and advanced to the Phase 2 accelerator. 
  • An additional 10 teams each received a Promise Award of $100,000.

Phase 2

$11.5 million

  • Two first-place winners will each receive $3 million.
  • Three second-place winners will each receive $1 million.
  • Five third-place winners will each receive $500,000.

Phase 1

During Phase 1, all solvers had access to challenge resources, which included a virtual information session, technical webinars, and an extensive collection of open data, surveys, and reports on Veteran welfare and suicide prevention. Innovators and collaborators were also invited to join the Mission Daybreak solver community, which helps solvers expand and augment their teams with cross-disciplinary expertise.

Phase 2

Finalists participate in a virtual accelerator — with resources including exclusive data sets, networking opportunities, mentorship, and other tailored resources. In November 2022, they will present their solutions to key stakeholders, investors, and partners at Demo Day, a live pitch event.

First-place, second-place, and third-place winners will also receive an invitation to participate in VA’s Greenhouse Initiative.

Are you a Veteran having thoughts of suicide or concerned about one?
Contact the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential 24/7 support: Dial 988 then press 1, text to 838255, or chat online.