Voto Latino, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Google is teaming up to present the $500,000 VL Innovators Challenge.

The tech competition will provide 10-15 Millennial-led projects that improve the lives of Latinos in the U.S. with $10,000-$100,000.

The awards are part of a year-long celebration commemorating Voto Latino’s 10th anniversary. 

 According to a Voto Latino press release, “the VL Innovators Challenge is an investment in a rising generation of Latino Millennials who are more than just consumers of technology; they are creators and they are makers,” said María Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino. “Study after study shows that Latinos are highly entrepreneurial, yet our presence is missing in the corridors of Silicon Valley. Through the VL Innovators Challenge, we hope to not only provide funding for great ideas but also the access to make these ideas succeed.”

The VL Innovators Challenge is part of the Connected Learning movement, an educational approach that makes learning relevant to everyone, along with the realities of the digital age.

Millennials of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply by submitted their best ideas. No tech experience required. For more information visit