Calling young innovators with powerful ideas for fueling positive change!

The Taco Bell Foundation Ambition Accelerator is the chance to turn your boldest ambitions into action.

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The Taco Bell Foundation and Ashoka are joining forces to accelerate young innovators’ most ambitious social impact ideas. Together, we aim to drive a world where every young person is a changemaker because we believe that equitably accelerating young people’s ideas will feed a better future.  

Do you have an idea you are ready to put into action? Have you started a social venture?

The Ambition Accelerator will be accepting applications from youth, ages 16-26, who have an idea to enact change in their communities or the world.
If you have a game-changing idea, or already have a venture in the works, check back early next year to apply! This is your chance to grow your changemaking abilities, access funding, receive feedback on your project, discover a community of like-minded young people, and more!
Applicants will get the chance to receive feedback on their ideas, learn new tools for creating social impact, and network with other youth applicants.
The top 25 teams of two will receive additional funding and be invited to participate in the Ambition Accelerator Summit, to be hosted November 1 –  5, 2022 at Taco Bell Headquarters. The top 5 teams will pitch their ideas for the chance to win $25,000 in prize funding.

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The Ambition Accelerator is powered in partnership with changemaking organization Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, and funded by Yum! Brand’s Unlocking Opportunity Initiative. See Terms & Conditions for complete program details.
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