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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals announces its first-ever, collegiate cause innovation case competition called the IGNITE Challenge.

The competition is designed to provide college students the opportunity to cultivate the next generation of fundraising concepts. Individuals and teams from four strategically selected academic institutions are invited to submit their ideas designed to impact donor behavior and advocacy. Eligible students must be enrolled at one of the following schools: University of Utah, University of Texas at Austin, Vanderbilt University and The Ohio State University.

A team of participants will compete for a 10-week paid internship (valued at $14,500) at CMN Hospitals’ headquarters located in Salt Lake City, along with a budget to further develop and test his or her winning idea. One participant on the winning team will receive the internship, while the other team members will each receive a $500 cash prize.

Registration is now open and will close on January 22, 2017. Four submissions from each university will be selected to proceed to the semi-finals in February. One team will be selected from each university to proceed to the finals held at CMN Hospitals’ annual spring conference in Orlando, Florida, all expenses paid. The grand prize winner will be announced on March 22, 2017.

For more information about the IGNITE Challenge, including how to register, please visit

The Baker Family Foundation, a longtime supporter of CMN Hospitals, is sponsoring the competition.