The 2017 submission portal is now open until April 1, 2017

The John P. McNulty Prize recognizes the boldness that Aspen fellows are bringing to bear on the foremost social, economic and environmental challenges of our time. The winner will receive $100,000 to further his or her venture; a $10,000 award will be made to each of the laureates.

The John P. & Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation has also established the Catalyst Fund to provide support for high potential ventures.  All applications submitted for the Prize will be considered for modest support from the McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund.



“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Submissions are made using an online application portal below. Review the application guidelines.

Applicants are asked to make a written statement of their venture, address its impact, creativity and sustainability and present supporting materials. Videos are encouraged but not required. Entries are judged on each of the following criteria:


Describe the impact of your venture on individuals and/or the community. What is the evidence that the venture has been accepted and embraced by those it benefits?  How do you measure and assess achievements? If possible, include key metrics that illustrate impact, like number of people reached, financial impact or other indicators of success. 


How does the venture reflect entrepreneurial approaches to addressing the need? What distinguishes it from others in this space? How has the venture changed the notion of what’s possible? How is the implementation exceptional?


How has the venture taken on a life of its own? What is your vision for the future, and the next steps? Has your venture been influential in its sector? How? Is there evidence that your venture is serving as a model for others?

Financial Information

Explain the financial structure of your venture, how it is funded and how it will be sustained in the long-term?