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Future Impact Challenge.
Global Competition for Teen Entrepreneurs.

A better, equal, sustainable world...

Mentors and Coaches

Our passionate Coaches and mentors fuel the Future Impact Challenge at Applied Computing Foundation. Tap into the pool of innovators and creatives* of ACF and its partners during the Future Impact Challenge!

These mentors are available during certain hours in a week

Mentor Talks

Throughout the competition, we will be hosting several live workshops, a.k.a. mentor talks, so that we can help you submit the best version of your imagination you can make! These workshops range from technical classes to entrepreneurial lessons to presentations from industry leaders!


  • Certificates

  • Cash Prizes are awarded to the top 3 teams

  • Chance to join ACF Start-up teams

  • Exceptional opportunities from the Future Impact Challenge sponsors


Building a community and leveraging existing communities to share, receive feedback, support, and excite your product is essential to impacting the future. The Future Impact Challenge opens the Applied Computing Foundation high school startup team community to you!

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Round 1

Application Fee: $10 /team

Registration & Submissions:
Jan. 3  - Feb. 21, 2024
(11:59 p.m. PT)

Mentor Talks & Workshops: TBA

Semi-Finalists Announced:
Feb. 26, 2024

(by 11:59 p.m. PT)

Round 1 (Registration + Qualification) of the Future Impact Challenge is a qualification phase. Examples and requirements can be found in the Resources.


  • Survey

  • Pitch Deck​

  • Deliverable

All teams are eligible to participate in this Round.

Round 2 (Product Development) focuses on bringing your ambitions to life! Students can find expectations on Resources.


  • Video Demonstration

  • User Testimonials

Only Semi-finalists are eligible to participate in this Round.

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Round 2

Round 2 fee: $250 /team

Product Development:
Feb. 28 - Apr. 17, 2024
(11:59 p.m. PT)

Mentor Talks & Workshops:

Finalists Announced:
Apr. 29, 2024

(by 11:59 p.m. PT)


Round 3


Impact Pitch Date:
May 12, 2024 
(9 a.m. - 12 p.m. PT)

Office Hours:

Winners announced:
May 20, 2024

(by 11:59 p.m. PT)

Round 3 (Impact Pitch) focuses on pitching your product to industry experts with the same zeal and passion you made it. You can view the recording of previous years' "Impact Pitch" on Resources.


  • Presentation

  • Live Q&A 

  • (Bonus) Peer Presentation (More details TBA)

Only Finalists can participate in this Round.

This competition is just the beginning of your journey into the startup ecosystem. Even after the competition, there is so much more that you can do!

  • Join ACF!

  • Enter other competitions!

  • Launch your product to the market!


and Beyond...


Glory and experience will not be all at FIC! We also have some exciting prizes* in place.

Grand Winner Categories

  • First Winner: USD 1000.00 cash prize

  • Second Winner: USD 500.00 cash prize

  • Third Winner: USD 300.00 cash prize

Sponsor Category Winners (1517)

We are proud to announce the following prizes, thanks to the generous support of our sponsor, 1517, a venture capital firm backing teen founders, dropouts, renegade students, and deep tech scientists. This award will go to 3 overachieving FIC finalist teams that strongly commit to continue working on their innovation post-competition.​

  • Winner 1: USD 1000.00 cash prize

  • Winner 2: USD 500.00 cash prize

  • Winner 3: USD 300.00 cash prize


  • Invitation to Winners Gala

  • Meeting other ACF teams, Coaches, sponsors, advisors, etc.

  • Opportunity to launch the product as an ACF startup team, post-competition, under the guidance of Silicon Valley expert mentors

  • Certificates of achievement


All teams that qualify for Round 2 (Semi-finalists)  will receive certificates of appreciation.


We have tons of gift card raffles and fun contests for the community ongoing every other week of the season. To participate, join our Discord!

*Some prizes are subjected to enhancement in case of better participation turnout.


Find an in-detail guide about FIC registration, submissions, and rules in our Future Impact Challenge Rules Guide (we highly recommend that you read it thoroughly). 



  • Each team can have 2-5 members. No individual participation is allowed, as this is a team event.

  • Each team must have additional (1-2) supervisors or coaches to guide the team during the challenge.

  • Team members should be in secondary class, aged 13-19.

  • Teams can submit the idea they worked on within one year of the same season.

  • Teams and coaches should commit to the entire duration of the competition.



  • Team members must be able to submit/present their original work by their ownership of the content (or the expressed permission of any non-participating content owners).

  • The submission should not disclose third-party intellectual property or violate existing copyright protections.

  • The Future Impact Challenge team maintains sole discretion to interpret, modify, or eliminate any of the competition’s terms, rules, and conditions at any time and without notice. However, any changes will follow the positive welfare of the participants, volunteers, and ACF team.

  • Plagiarism is a crime, and any team or individual found submitting plagiarized projects might be banned from the present and future FIC competitions.

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