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.


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 is a social impact challenge for young people, ages 16-26, with bold ideas for creating positive change in their communities and beyond. For the second year, the Taco Bell Foundation and Ashoka are inviting young people in the United States and India to apply!
If you have a game-changing idea, or already have a venture in the works, apply now! 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! In 2024, $25,000 for U.S. participants and ₹1,000,000 for India participants is up for grabs!
Applicants will receive feedback on their ideas, learn new skills, access changemaking tools, and network with other innovators. 50 U.S. applicants will receive additional funding and an invitation to the Ambition Accelerator Summit at the Taco Bell Headquarters in Irvine, CA. 25 India applications will receive additional funding and an invitation to the Ambition Accelerator Summit in Bangalore. 5 finalists in each country will pitch their ideas for the chance to receive $25,000 USD and ₹1,000,000 INR in prize funding.

APply here


MEET SPARKLE WHITAKER – 2022 AMbition Accelerator top Changemaker

Based in Sparkle’s hometown, Chicago, IL, The Onyx Incubator offers creativity workshops to young people who have experienced incarceration, or qualify for alternatives to detention centers. Learn about 2022’s semi-finalists here.
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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