Eligibility criteria

Check whether your solution is eligible for the Challenge

To be eligible to apply and progress in the Rapid Recovery Challenge:

  • Your organisation must be a registered entity (inclusive of businesses, charities, community groups and public bodies). However it is not required that you be registered specifically within the UK.
  • Your proposed solution must directly benefit the UK population. However it is not required that it exclusively benefits the UK population.
  • You may enter as a single organisation or as a partnership, however partnerships must nominate a lead organisation (that is a registered entity). Entries will not be accepted from individuals.
  • You should (at minimum) have a well-functioning prototype of your solution that’s been piloted with at least 1,000 users. 
  • You must select which stream of the Challenge you are applying for: Job Recovery or Financial Recovery. However please note that you are able to separately enter into both streams and that solutions that involve elements of both streams are welcome. 

We understand that the COVID-19 crisis has placed a lot of organisations into financial difficulty, however we are unable to accept entries from any organisation that is currently: bankrupt, in liquidation, having their affairs administered by the courts or entered into an arrangement with creditors. 

Please also note that the following groups are not eligible to enter:

  • Nesta, JPMorgan Chase Foundation and Money and Pensions Service employees
  • Individuals or organisations involved in the delivery of the Challenge (including the judging panel and assessors)

Any application linked to or involving these groups will be disqualified.

Applications open on Monday 14 September 2020 and close at 12pm (noon) GMT on 26 October 2020.