$30,000 Opportunity for Colorado Educators

How would $15,000 supercharge your big idea?


Educators: Do you have an idea for how to transform your school or classroom? The Succeeds Prize has two $15,000 opportunities for you, one presented by Janus Henderson Investors and the other by Arrow Electronics.  

The Succeeds Prize is the state’s most prestigious awards and recognition event for Colorado public schools and educators. It also provides creative educators with seed funding to bring their big idea to fruition. 

The winners of each award will be announced at a live reveal celebration on Sept. 18, 2018 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. In addition to receiving a $15,000 cash prize, winners will also work with Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS, and mindSpark Learning to share the story of their success with educators, policymakers, and businesses from across Colorado.  

The Succeeds Prize for Excellence in Education Innovation Presented by Janus Henderson Investors

The goal of the Innovation Award is to fund the most innovative idea impacting public schools while also highlighting the exciting work happening across Colorado.

The Succeeds Prize for Excellence in Technology Enabled Learning Presented by Arrow

The goal of the Technology Enabled Learning Award is to fund smarter, more inspired experiences for all students through practical teaching solutions rooted in possibility.


Who is Eligible: Any Colorado public school teacher, group of teachers, school, or district. We are looking for ideas that can be ready to launch within six months of receiving funding. 

How to Apply: To be considered for Innovation award or Technology Enabled Learning award, eligible applicants will need to submit a written application and a video pitch that provides the overall vision for your idea, implementation details, and the expected impact of the project. The video pitch should be no more than 2-minutes. Applicants that move on to the next round will be invited to pitch their idea in front of the award selection committee.

Find the criteria, timeline, and more information for each award by clicking the above “learn more” link.

Questions?: Contact info@coloradosucceeds.org.

Submission Deadline for Both Awards: The 2018 application window has closed. Please check back in 2019 to apply for next year’s opportunities and sign up to receive updates from The Succeeds Prize.


Can I apply to both the Innovation Award and the Technology Enabled Learning award? Educators are eligible to win only one of the two awards and cannot submit the same to both awards. You can submit two ideas, one for each award, however you would only be eligible to attend the final pitch event in one award category.

My idea seems like it would qualify for both the Innovation Award and the Technology Enabled Learning Award, how do I know which to apply for? The criteria for each award mean that there will be ideas that would qualify for either. If your idea utilizes technology, think about how central its use is to your idea and the impact of using those tools. If technology is being used to push student learning, either academically or experientially (soft-skills), it is probably a better fit for the Technology Enabled Learning award. If technology is used to empower stakeholders who are not students, for instance to build community, it probably fits better into the Innovation Award. We want every idea to have the best opportunity to win an award. Colorado Succeeds may reach out to you after you have submitted your idea if we feel it would be best considered the other award category.

I do not work in a public school or school district; do I qualify to apply for these awards? To be eligible, a submission must include an employee of a public school or school district. If, for instance, a non-profit that works with schools were to apply, the application would have to be in partnership with a school or district. The award money would be granted to the school or district to fund the project.