Ambition Accelerator: Funding Opportunity for Young Leaders (ages 16-26) – Mar 14

Posted by Taco Bell Foundation on January 30, 2024

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of this year’s Taco Bell Ambition Accelerator! The Taco Bell Foundation and Ashoka are joining forces for a second year to accelerate young innovators’ most ambitious social impact ideas. Big challenges need bold, innovative solutions and, as we know, young people have some of the best! 

Do you know bold young innovators (ages 16-26) based in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and India, determined to drive positive change?

Encourage them to apply to the Ambition Accelerator, which fuels young innovators’ powerful ideas for positive change in their communities. The Ambition Accelerator is dedicated to supporting innovators at every stage– young people at any stage in their ventures are eligible to apply! 

Why should young people apply? They could receive:

  • Total cash prizes of up to $25,000
  • Guaranteed $500 prizes for 260 applicants
  • Continued mentorship by industry experts
  • Virtual skill-building and networking
  • Connection to our national community
  • Application and project plan feedback
  • National recognition
  • …and more!

The application is open until March 14, 2024 and it is FREE to apply. Those who apply by February 15 at 11:59PM ET will automatically be considered as a potential Early Entry Standout. All Early Entry participants will have the chance to get customized feedback on their application before the Final Entry deadline, and 10 participants from this group will be selected to receive $500! Don’t wait: APPLY HERE!

Help us accelerate young peoples’ most ambitious social impact ideas:

  • Share this opportunity with your network by using our Outreach Toolkit.
  • Let’s meet to explore how we can collaborate and enhance each other’s efforts.
  • Invite us to host a (free) info or support session for your network. (Contact Alina Kalmeyer at

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