“Half of social enterprises reported a profit, with 26% breaking even” — report in the “State of Social Enterprise Survey“ Social Enterprise UK. And almost all of entrepreneurs use the majority of those profits to further their social or environmental goals. So be a business changemaker is profitably. Moreover, in this sphere leadership belongs to women (40%), Black Asian Minority Ethnic (31%) and 40% having a director with a disability. Actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria said: “Using business as a force for good is not only a passion of mine but, really, it’s the only way that we’re going to change the world.” So you can solve worlwide problems by yourself, or/and with help of competitions awards. 


1.The Global Social Venture Competition

The GSVC was founded in 1999 at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Competition consists of three rounds. The first of them — Application, which should be complete by December 4, 2017. Besides money award teams will receive the connections, support, and exposure needed to advance their social ventures. The set of judges will look for three criteria: business potential, likelihood of success. In this competition you should assess social impact of your project.  For example, participant should have clearly answer on the question: What is the challenge you are trying to solve? Also there are a lot of attention on team members: “Team is balanced, with relevant and diverse domain & industry experience”.


2. The NYU/D-Prize Global Social Venture Competition

The NYU Social Entrepreneurship/D-Prize Global Social Venture Competition for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to solve global problems by designing a new venture. The main prize maybe up to $15,000 in funding. The deadline of application in 2018 is unknown, so participants have an excellent chance to prepare. There are on the web-site last-year projects, information for competition arrangement. For example, in 90-minutes webinars are spoken about challengers of social entrepreneurships, how to design social venture and more. If don’t have your own projects here is the list of challengers, where is possible to apply too.


3. The Acumen

Participate in this competition can apply entrepreneurs who have innovative models for tackling poverty in India, Pakistan, West and East Africa, Latin America. For receiving an investment from the Acumen participants should go through three steps: rewiev investment criteria, create executive summary, submit application form. Projects or ideas should connect with these sectors: Agriculture, Energy, Education, Health, Housing, or Water. Also be ready to demonstrate the potential for financial sustainability during a five to seven year period.


4. The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

 The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was founded in 1998. It is under the legal management of the Swiss Federal Government. Criteria for selection into the Schwab Foundation Network: transformative social change, organizational sustainability, proven social and/or environmental impact. More details here. Also on the web-site you can find there a list of social entrepreneurs, whose experiences can inspire you for new ideas.


5. The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

The DRK look for exceptional entrepreneurs, who have big solutions to big problems. Applications should meet such characteristics as: vision, intelligence, influence, ambition, discretion and follow-through. The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation was founded in 2002, since then 100 social entrepreneurs have received investments. Feel free to submit an application during the year. After submission 25% of application go forward to first interview. The next stages are Follow-on Interviews and Final Diligence. DRK investments are distributed twice a year over a three-year term, totaling $300,000.


6.The Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship

The AdR Fellowship is an initiative of the Edmund de Rothschild Foundation and was created in 2009. Applicants should share the following values: harnessing legacy, promoting excellence, catalysing change and building an inclusive society. Potential AdR Fellows should think ‘outside the box’ – use analytical skills to find a multidisciplinary approach to design solutions for their projects.

Also participant’s venture has been registered and active for at least two years. Up to 25 fellows each year are accepted to the program. Successful candidates will receive a deposit check of $500. New deadline for 2018 haven’t announced yet.


7. The Young Social Entrepreneurs

The YSE program is followed by Singapore International Foundation. Its core values are: excellence, collaborative, people-centred. The YSE program includes a 4-days seminars, workshops, mentoring, international visits and an opportunity to pitch for funding. Eligibility criteria: from 18 to 30 years old, develop social enterprise, all nationalities are welcome to join. Application can be either from individuals or up to three team members. New round of applications 2018 for fellows will open in the last quarter of 2017. Also you can submit documents for mentor position.


8. The WelkerMedia Competition

The WelkerMedia’s Competition is a part of WMCF Lab Accelerator, which mission is  “act as catalysts and supporters of new ideas, creativity and social change”. Applications to the WM Competition are accepted from all over the world. One of the tracks of this competition is “Social change and non-profits”. Selection forum is consist of professionals: community councils, ambassadors, WelkerMedia staff, and external experts. Best applicants get an access to our acceleration program, fellowships and other opportunities.


9. The DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia

This competition both for professionals and amateur social entrepreneurs. The main prize more $100,000. For winning this money participants should show business discovery (product, service or processes) to solve social questions and create positive and sustainable social impact in Asia. Moreover, after the competitions organisations provide support for finalist teams.


10. Orange Social Venture Prize

If you 21 years old student, employee, developer, or entrepreneur, you have chance to compete for Orange Social Venture Prize. The top-three startups will fight for €25,000,€15,000 or €10,000. Moreover, winners get six months of mentoring by a management expert. Important remark: your project must have economic or other interest at least in one country from the African continent and the Middle-East region.

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