The Center for Advancing Innovation


The SCALE Challenge

We are on a mission to transform supply chains!
Submission Deadline
Mentorship & Prize Money


About the SCALE Challenge

The SCALE - Supply Chain and Logistics Enterprises - Challenge is an open innovation contest to disrupt the supply chain and logistics industry sector. Supported by the Walton Family Foundation, the SCALE Challenge will launch 20+ companies around inventions with potential for near-term impact and plant them in Northwest Arkansas, home to three Fortune 500 companies and ranked among the top five best places to live in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for the last four years. As with CAI’s prior challenges, teams will advance promising de-risked inventions selected with rigorous due diligence by potential investors and industry experts. Teams may also enter with their own commercially viable inventions. CAI invites anyone to submit an idea with the potential to impact supply chains. An expert judging panel will select 20 winning teams. The SCALE Challenge winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Northwest Arkansas, where they will demonstrate their solutions and pitch for seed funding at an investor forum. With guidance from CAI, the SCALE Challenge winners will form their start-up companies and pursue licensing.


Who is Eligible? You Are!

  • No Minimum Team Size: Enter with teammates or as an individual. We will help you to build a strong team.
  • Your Background: All you need to enter is an entrepreneurial spirit! We will teach you what you need to know.
  • No Geography Restrictions: The SCALE Challenge is global! Participants can come from anywhere in the world.


 How it Works



Why Join?





Participate in CAI's curated accelerator training program and learn about business planning from world-class experts. Training includes...

  • Entrepreneurial Success Factors
  • Commercialization Planning
  • R&D Roadmaps
  • IP Strategy
  • Regulatory Strategy
  • Financial/Commercial Strategy​
  • Financial and Valuation Modeling
  • Market Analysis
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Industry/Venture Collaborations​
  • Investment Strategy
  • ... and much more!


How Can You Participate?