A $1 million U.S. Department of Education challenge to reimagine career navigation for adult learners.

Build digital tools to better support adult learners as they launch and advance their careers.

Future Finder Challenge

About the challenge

Career navigation systems help learners discover opportunities and plan for the future — and digital tools play an important role in supporting that journey. There are many digital career navigation tools on the market today, demonstrating the important role technology can play in supporting career navigation systems. But few existing tools are designed to meet the unique needs of adult learners. 

The U.S. Department of Education invites innovators — including strategists, developers, user-centered designers, and educators — to submit prototypes and accompanying proposals for digital tools that will improve the career navigation experience for adult learners.


During Stage 1, eligible entrants are invited to submit prototypes for digital tools that will improve the career navigation experience for adult learners. Up to five finalists will be selected to progress to the Stage 2 accelerator. One grand-prize winner and up to two runners-up will be selected. Beyond the challenge, the Future Finder Challenge team will support winners as they deploy their solutions across the adult ed ecosystem.

We are here

Stage 1: Open submissions

September - December 2022

Finalists announced

February 2023

Stage 2: Accelerator

Early 2023 - fall 2023

Winners announced

Fall 2023

Beyond the challenge: Deployment

Beginning in late 2023



$1 million

In Stage 1, up to five finalists will receive at least $50,000 each. In Stage 2, a grand-prize winner will receive $500,000 and up to two runners-up will receive a share of at least $250,000.

Stage 1 Resources

Who are adult learners and what are their unique needs? What is career navigation and why is it important for adult learners?

14 days left to submit