Our Backstory

In 2002, Skild founder and CEO Anil Rathi launched Innovation Challenge® as a university-based program designed to solve real-world issues by uniting the brightest students with the world’s top global brands, such as GE, AT&T, Hilton Hotels, IBM, RBC, American Express, Harley-Davidson, Shell, and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

Since then, Skild has emerged as the industry leader by helping businesses, governments, foundations, and educational institutions successfully plan and produce customized challenge programs. Our ecosystem of services is comprehensive and fully integrated, covering every step from challenge design to marketing & communications to reporting, using our refined, flexible platform throughout. Ultimately, we make challenges efficient, effective, and enjoyable, allowing our clients to focus on what really matters — solving problems, building awareness, catalyzing social innovation, and uniting communities.



Who We Have Helped

Skild has designed, supported and enabled more than 700 global competitions and helped both large and small organizations award prizes valued over $400 million. We have been honored to work with respected organizations like:

  • AARP
  • Activision
  • Administration for Community Living (ACL)
  • Amarillo Economic Development Corporation
  • American Student Assistance
  • Arnold Ventures
  • Aspen Institute
  • AT&T
  • Autodesk
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Bupa
  • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)
  • Capricorn Group
  • Canada Health Infoway
  • Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity
  • Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP)
  • Charles Koch Foundation
  • Charter School Growth Fund
  • Child Obesity 180
  • Children's Prize Foundation
  • Cisco
  • Colorado Innovation Network (COIN)
  • Common Group
  • Cornell University
  • CTIA Wireless Foundation
  • Deloitte
  • Drucker Institute
  • Empire State Development
  • Energy Systems Network (ESN)
  • Fannie Mae
  • Ford & Henry Ford Health System
  • Fuse
  • GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance
  • GE
  • Harbor Freight Tools for Schools
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
  • HopeLab
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Ivory Innovations
  • Joan Ganz Cooney Center
  • Joyce Foundation
  • KaBOOM!
  • Lumina Foundation
  • Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
  • MTV
  • National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
  • National Head Start Association (NHSA)
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Nemetschek Group
  • Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
  • New England BioLabs
  • New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • Nike
  • Nissan
  • North Carolina Biotechnology Center
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Project Paradigm
  • RELX Group
  • Red Cross
  • Reed Elsevier
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Samsung
  • Scripps
  • Shell
  • Social Shifters
  • Stanford Center on Longevity
  • T1D Exchange
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Thermador
  • The Tech Garden
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund
  • Tufts University
  • U.K. Department for International Impact (DFID)
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Patent and Trade Office (USPTO)
  • UCLA Health
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Verizon
  • Votolatino
  • Wallgreens
  • Walton Family Foundation
  • Woolpert
  • WT Enterprise Center
  • Zurich Insurance

Our clients trust us because we value:


Learning from Experience

We’ve helped over 600 organizations educate and innovate since 2002


Sharing Knowledge

Our experience yields a vast understanding of how to help our customers succeed

Customer Services

Delivering Outstanding Customer Service

We’re accessible, we care, and we're fun to work with

doing good

“Doing good”

We love that our company is helping individuals and communities unite to make the world a better place

Meet the Skild Team

Anil K. Rathi

Founder & CEO, Skild

Michael Timmons

Vice President, Customer Experience

Joe Raines

Director, Engineering

Denis Khoo