“The World Challenge” Contest

Written on April 3, 2006 by Max Oliva in Social Entrepreneurship

Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
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The BBC World and Newsweek, in association with Shell, are organizing for second straight year a contest entitled “The World Challenge”.
This contest focuses on projects which “make a real difference on their local communities” and is awarded “upon nomination of a Social Entrepreneur who has demonstrated enterprise and innovation at a grassroots level.”
The process has just begun this March, and will receive nominations until June 4th, 2006, at 5pm (GMT).
They are looking for projects which have the following characteristics:
• A project that shows initiative, the innovative use of technology or an invention
• Small business projects that increase investment into the local community
• Projects that take a responsible approach to the environment in which they are operating
A prize of US$ 20,000 is awarded to the winner and a US$ 10,000 prize to the second and third places.
Last year 457 projects from more than 70 countries took part on the competition, having over 122,000 people vote for their favourite project, which is as described by them, as a “staggering amount which proves just how passionate people are about social, environmental and community issues.”
We look forward on having projects from IE and other Sumaq schools on this competition. Please share with us your experience in case you decide to participate or when nominating projects which you believe fit into the given description.
If you want to nominate a project click here.


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