Frequently Asked Questions

Get the answers to common Impact Challenge questions here.

  • How do I apply?

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  • What is the Social Impact Challenge?

    Kintone’s Social Impact Challenge on August 9 at WeWork’s Embarcadero Center in San Francisco is a crowdfunding event open to startups, non-profits and entrepreneurs using tech to solve social and environmental issues in the Bay Area.

  • How do I attend? And where does my money go?

    It costs $30 to apply, which counts as a vote for your favorite finalist with the full price of your ticket and any additionally money you donate, going directly to the finalist of your choosing. The live event is on August 9 at WeWork’s Embarcadero Center. You can register here.

  • What information do I need to apply?

    The application consists of brief questions about your idea, project or organization, plus a 90-second introduction video telling us about yourself and your project. We won’t be judging your application based on the quality of your video, so no need to produce a professional piece. In can be something as simple as pulling up a chair and hitting record on your computer or smartphone. Ideally, we want the video to give the judging committee a better sense of you who are, why you’re passionate about your project and how you would using funding if you’re a selected as a finalist.

  • How will my Social Impact Challenge application be judged?

    Your application will be judged on originality of your idea, ability to successfully execute your goals and its impact on the community. Learn about who’s on our judging panel.

  • Do I have to be a Kintone customer or user to apply?

    No. Both Kintone customers and non-customers are invited to apply.

  • Does my project fit the Social Impact Challenge?

    Whether you’re a social entrepreneur, startup or nonprofit, if you and your team has a tech-driven solution that addresses a social or environmental problem in the Bay Area, we encourage you to apply.

  • I’m working on several different projects. Can I apply more than once?

    No. It’s one application per entity, per person, meaning only one person per business can apply.

  • What is the application deadline and when is the event?

    Application Deadline: July 2, 2018

    Event Date: August 9, 2018 at WeWork Embarcadero Center in San Francisco

  • What if I can’t attend the live event on August 9th?

    Any finalists unable to attend the event will be disqualified.

  • What happens after I submit my application?

    Our judging committee of internal and external Kintone stakeholders will carefully consider each and every application before choosing three finalists and up to seven VIP (Very Impactful Persons) frontrunners. We will get in touch to let you know whether or not you’ve been one of three finalists qualifying for crowdfunding, or a VIP frontrunner approximately three weeks before the August 9th event.

  • How much time will selected finalists have to prepare their live pitches or demos?

    You will have at least three weeks to prepare your live pitches or demo. Each finalist’s live pitch will last 10 minutes.

  • If I’m selected as a Social Impact Challenge finalist, what will I win?

    Attendees will use their $30 ticket admission as one vote and to donate directly to the finalist(s) of their choosing, while Kintone will award the first place winner $5,000, followed by $2,500 and $1,000 for second and third place winners. Prizes for our three finalists also include a year-long membership to Social Enterprise Alliance (a $350 value), Impact Group Coaching from Innov8social (a $3,500 value) and Kintone licenses to manage your impact-driven data and workflows. VIPs do not qualify for funding, however they will receive a year-long membership to Social Enterprise Alliance and Kintone licenses.

  • What happens if I register for the event as an attendee but can’t attend?

    We won’t be able to offer a refund, but you can transfer the ticket to a friend. If neither you or a friend can attend, then the Kintone Social Impact Challenge committee will end up using your vote.

  • What is Kintone and why are you hosting this event?

    Kintone provides a cloud-based, collaborative app building workspace to accelerate innovation and problem solving at organizations. As technology continues to shape the way we work, there are more opportunities for teams small and large to drive meaningful impact in their organizations and communities. Kintone’s Social Impact Challenge celebrates these change champions.

    As our Kintone CEO Dave Landa stated: “The entire Kintone team is thoroughly committed to serving the Bay Area communities we live and work in, but we wanted to do more. We believe that as technology advances and continues to shape our lives, and the way we work, there are more opportunities for teams to drive meaningful change in their organizations and communities. This is the reason we decided to put our resources behind this cause. Kintone’s Social Impact Challenge celebrates both innovation and the change agents that are passionate about making the Bay Area a better place for all of us.”

  • Did we miss something? Still have more questions?

    Did we miss something? Still have more questions?

    Email us at impact@kintone.com