2019 Vehicle of Change Contest

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NationSwell and Toyota are teaming up again to find the 2019 Vehicles of Change.

We’re searching for 10 innovators who are rejecting old rules, creating change and protecting the planet.

If you’re an entrepreneur working to build better environmental solutions, we want to hear from you.

Entering takes less than 5 minutes and is time well spent: Finalists win up to $50,000 in grant money, $100,000 in of video coverage and $50,000 in editorial coverage.  

Enter the Vehicle of Change contest below, before July 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. 

(Not an entrepreneur but know someone who is? Scroll down, nominate them and NationSwell will reach out directly.)


Vehicle of Change finalists will win:


Thank you to everyone who nominated an inspiring environmental innovator — and to every organization who applied.

But it’s not over yet! Our finalists will be revealed here in the fall. Check back to meet the winners who are working to protect our planet.

Going Beyond Zero Impact

Toyota is committed to realizing sustainable development together with society, and to do that, they’ve created the Environmental Challenge 2050. By 2050, Toyota has pledged to go beyond a zero environmental impact and achieve a net positive impact—and they have set six initiatives to get them there.

Toyota has also developed their very own Vehicle of Change, the Mirai. It’s one of the world’s first mass-produced, hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. It competes with traditional cars—but uses no gasoline. Instead, the Mirai creates electricity on demand and emits nothing but water vapor. Learn more about how hydrogen could help change the future of mobility.

Contest Details & Official Rules

Download the Official Rules here, or read on for Contest Details.
I. In order to be considered for the Vehicle of Change contest, one must apply on, even if originally nominated by someone else. II. Selection of semi-finalists, finalists, and winners will be determined by NationSwell and Toyota—or a panel of judges designated by NationSwell and Toyota—whose decisions in all regards will be in their sole discretion and will be final and binding. III. Approximately twenty (20) semi-finalists will be required to partake in phone pre-interviews. IV. A group of seven (7) finalists will be required to partake in the reporting and interview process, the outcome of which will be articles featuring each finalist and their work. V. A group of three (3) winners will be required to partake in the reporting, interview, and filming process, the outcome of which will be videos featuring each winner and their work. Winners will be required to sign a waiver prior to filming. VI. All finalists and winners may be expected to participate in content sharing, impact share-backs or surveys, and potential speaking opportunities as a part of the Vehicle of Change contest. VII. One (1) grand prize winner will be awarded $25,000 to help further his or her work. One (1) second place winner will be awarded $15,000 to help further his or her work. One (1) third place winner will be awarded $10,000 to help further his or her work. Any applicable taxes on any prize are the sole responsibility of the winners. VIII. This contest will be subject to and interpreted under the laws of the state of New York. By participating, entrants content to the use of their names, likeness, entries and other information in advertising, promotion or publicity by NationSwell and Toyota. NationSwell and Toyota are not responsible for any lost, late or misdirected entries or materials, or for any computer, technical, telephone, software or digital problems or issues. IX. In connection with the Vehicle of Change contest, Toyota has engaged NationSwell as a paid service provider.