San Diego Business Journal

The Alliance Healthcare Foundation is accepting applications for its Innovation Initiative Funding Challenge. The competition, which seeks solutions to advance health in vulnerable populations in San Diego and Imperial Counties, comes with a $1 million prize.

In particular, the foundation is seeking innovations that demonstrate a sustainable way to reduce health costs, improve outcomes, improve the quality of care and increase the capacity for care. The contest is open to nonprofits, B Corps and for-profit organizations that advance the health of vulnerable populations.

Since it was launched in 2010, the program has awarded $12 million to innovative organizations. Last year, the Multicultural Health Foundation won the $1 million prize to form the Prevention Alliance, which helps multicultural community organizations deliver services, such as diabetes prevention.

“We are looking forward to meeting and learning about this year’s competitors and the ideas they will bring to the contest,” Alliance Healthcare Foundation Interim Executive Director Elizabeth Dreicer said in a news release. “Breakthroughs from the i2 competition have the potential to not only help vulnerable populations in San Diego and Imperial Valley, but also help those beyond our region.”

The deadline for applications is midnight on February 15, 2019. Competitors can enter the application by filling out an IDEA application at

Competitors will go through eight workshops and two live pitch sessions before the final award is determined in July.