Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece

Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece

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Welcome Letter

This is a crucial moment for Greece: there is a widespread demand for new ideas, models of citizenship, and relationships across the country. It is a moment of opportunity to drive change and address social needs through new approaches to solving problems. This opportunity requires a movement of changemakers to design new solutions that address the immediate social needs and create sustainable, long-term change.

This is where you come in. Now is the time to take action! Ashoka, The Hellenic Initiative, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas, and SAP Hellas have joined together to launch Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece, a national online collaborative competition that will source, highlight, and catalyze the most innovative social change projects in Greece. These projects will demonstrate new ideas and approaches to address essential needs and empower underserved populations.

Entrants must address at least one of the issue areas listed below:

  • Social and economic inclusion of vulnerable populations
  • Innovations for access to healthcare
  • Strengthening communities through environmental solutions
  • Supporting healthy and active aging

Four winners will receive a €10,000 prize, and one of the winners will also receive an SAP® Business One software with licences for 3 users.

These prizes will be awarded at an event in July where all competition finalists will be invited to meet with other like-minded individuals, share best practices, and explore synergies between organizations and projects. Competition entrants will benefit from the collaborative competition process. The best projects will be highlighted in prominent Greek and Greek diaspora media.

Tell us your story. How are you turning problems into opportunities? How are you changing society? Submit your solution or nominate a project today!

Eligibility and Criteria

Before You Get Started...

Here are some important tips for success as you prepare to enter the “Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece” competition:

  • Read the Eligibility and Criteria and Welcome Letter. These documents were produced to help you complete your competition entry form so that it jumps off the page.
  • If your innovation is in the idea/pilot stage, please be especially clear about the potential impact and proposed model.
  • Bring your story to life! Upload videos and supporting documents to your entry under the “media” tab.
  • Invite people you know to give you feedback about your entry, and then revise and refine it using the feedback you receive.
  • Take a look at the other projects, and feel free to share your thoughts, connect with other entrants, even build new partnerships. Use the insights you receive from comments and review feedback to edit and perhaps improve your entry before the entry deadline. The sooner you share your project, the more exposure and insight you will gain from the community.
  • Changemakers and the competition judges will only consider material included directly in the entry form for this competition. Please be sure to complete all the critical information on your entry form.
  • Completing and submitting your competition entry: as you fill out the entry form, you can put it aside and then return to it later to revise and improve it. Take your time. When you are ready, you can publish your entry form online. Later, based on the feedback you receive in your personalized dashboard, you can revise your published online entry form until the end of the entry process. Keep in mind that the entry deadline is May 19, 2014 at 23:59 Eastern Europe time (EET).

Why You Should Enter

  • Join a community of like-minded organizations and individuals. Your participation in the competition gives you the opportunity to forge relationships with other innovators across sectors, including strategic partners, sector experts, and potential investors. Several opportunities to engage with the Ashoka network and partners will be offered to the best projects.
  • Gain visibility through the online open source competition and media partners.


  • Prizes: Four monetary prizes of € 10,000 will be awarded for the best projects in each of the following categories:
    • Social and economic inclusion of vulnerable populations
    • Innovations for access to healthcare
    • Strengthening community development through environmental solutions
    • Supporting healthy and active aging
  • One of the four monetary prize winners will also receive SAP® Business One software and training on using this software for 3 users, from SAP Hellas.
  • Early Entry Prizes: One €1,000 prize will be awarded for the best projects that are entered into the competition prior to the early entry prize deadline of 17:00 EET, April 11, 2014.


  • Entries may originate in Greece or in any other country, but must have their primary point of impact in Greece. The competition is open to individuals, organizations, or partnerships that have an impact in Greece.
  • Idea phase entries are eligible, and we encourage their entry. However, the judges are better able to evaluate programs that are beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated a proof of impact.
  • Entries must be submitted in English. Translation support may be available on a case-by-case basis for high-quality projects led by teams that cannot write in English. Please contact us at in case you need translation.

How to Enter

  • Please complete the entry form and submit by the deadline: May 19, 2014, 23:59 EET.
  • For advice about how to create a better entry and increase your chances of winning, please check carefully that your project matches the assessment criteria below. Finalists will be notified with detailed instructions on June 19, 2014.

 Assessment criteria 


Winners of the Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece competition will be those that best meet the following criteria:

  • Innovation: The best entries will be those that demonstrate a substantial difference from other initiatives in the field. Distinctiveness will be given a high ranking by the judges. Innovation does not necessarily involve inventing something entirely new. It may consist of new products, processes, collaborations, or hybrid combinations of existing tools that create new value. Entries should describe how their solutions are driven by original, ground-breaking ideas.
  • Social Impact: Entries should describe how they have a powerful outcome on society in Greece – positively and directly impacting the lives of people and/ or having a positive impact on the environment. Entries should reflect an understanding of the systemic barriers within the innovation's specific context, and should describe how the innovation impacts these barriers. The best solutions will have demonstrated impact, as well as the potential for scaling-up and replication. Entries should explain how the solution measures social impact through both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Sustainability: For an idea or program to be truly effective, it must have a plan to exist and grow well into the future – a plan to sustain itself. Entries should be based on a sustainable model. They should have a clear plan for reaching long-term goals and securing financial backing. They should describe not only how they currently finance their work, but also how they plan to finance it in the future. The strongest entries will outline how their solution can be sustained without reliance on philanthropic donations or aid for core funding. They should also have a realistic time frame for implementation. The most successful entrants demonstrate that they have strong partnerships and support networks to address ongoing needs, and to aid in scalability and the maintenance of a clear financial strategy.

Competition Deadlines

  • Entry Stage: March 12, 2014 – May 19, 2014, 23:59 EET
  • Early Entry Deadline: April 11, 2014, 17:00 EET
    • Entries received by 17:00. EET on April 11, 2014 are eligible for an early entry prize. Receiving an early entry prize does not preclude you from being selected as a finalist, nor does it guarantee finalist status. All entries will be evaluated equally at the completion of the entry period using the criteria listed above.
  • Final Entry Deadline: May 19, 2014, 23:59 EET
  • Finalists Announced: June 23, 2014
  • Winners Announced: July 14, 2014

Disclaimer – Compliance with Legal Restrictions

The sponsor of this opportunity reserves the right to disqualify at any time (in its reasonable discretion) any participant or entry for good cause, including, but not limited to, non-compliance with these Guidelines and Criteria, the Changemakers Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, or violation of any applicable laws, codes, or regulations.

Ashoka complies fully with all U.S. laws and regulations, including Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations, export control, and anti-money laundering laws. Any grants will be awarded subject to compliance with such laws. Ashoka will not make any grant if it finds that to do so would be unlawful. This may prohibit awards in certain countries and/or to certain individuals or entities. All recipients will comply with these laws to the extent they are applicable to such recipients. No recipient will take any action that would cause Ashoka to violate any laws. Additionally, Ashoka will not make any grant to a company involved in the promotion of tobacco use.


Solutions for social and economic inclusion of vulnerable populations - €10,000

Provided by: The Hellenic Initiative, Convening Partner

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship, and economic development. 


Strengthening community development through environmental solutions - €10,000

Supporting healthy and active aging - €10,000

Provided by: John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Competition Partner

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation continues the public service tradition of John S. Latsis by supporting and implementing public benefit initiatives in the fields of education, social welfare, scientific research and community development, with a geographic focus primarily on Greece. The Foundation endeavours to partner with its grantees and provide multilayered support in addition to financial assistance, in order to achieve the greatest possible impact.


Innovation for access to healthcare - €10,000

Provided by: Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas, Competition Prize Partner

The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 140 affiliates and more than 46,000 employees. The Greek affiliate, established in 1966, is now the only multinational pharmaceutical company with its own manufacturing plant in the country. In the framework of the Making More Health initiative, Boehringer Ingelheim initiated in 2010 a global cooperation with the Ashoka organization. With this cooperation, it aims to provide, through social entrepreneurship, innovative solutions to critical health and living problems of people and communities around the world.


SAP® Business One software with licences for 3 users, and training on using this software, for one of the monetary prize winners

Provided by: SAP Hellas, Competition Prize Partner

Headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, with locations in more than 130 countries, SAP is the world leader in enterprise software and software-related services. SAP Hellas SA was founded in October 1994 to spread SAP software in Greece. Since then, there have been more than 1380 installations in companies of all sizes. SAP Hellas SA offices are based in Athens and Nicosia serving Greece and Cyprus respectively.

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Founder and Executive Director

Disability Rights International (DRI)

Head Programme Officer

Latsis Foundation

Head of Market Access & Communications

Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas SA

President and Managing Director

SAP Hellas S.A.

Program Director

The Hellenic Initiative

News & Blog



Athens, July 16, 2014 – Ashoka Greece announced today that four (4) winners have been selected in “Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece”, the first Changemakers competition for Greece, launched March 2014.



Αθήνα, 16 Ιουλίου, 2014 - H Αshoka Ελλάδος ανακοίνωσε σήμερα τους 4 νικητές του «Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece» του πρώτου διαγωνισμού στην πλατφόρμα των Changemakers, που ανακοινώθηκε τον Μάρτιου του 2014.


Αθήνα – 23 Ιουνίου, 2014 – Με περισσότερες από 90 συμμετοχές έκλεισε στις 19 Μαίου 2014 η προθεσμία υποβολής συμμετοχής στον διαγωνισμό «Προορισμός: Αλλαγή. Νέες Λύσεις για την Ελλάδα» (Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece) που διοργάνωσαν η Ashoka, η Ελληνική Πρωτοβουλία (Τhe Hellenic Initiative), το Κοινωφελές Ίδρυμα Ιωάννη Σ. Λάτση, η Boehringer Ingelheim Ελλάς και η SAP Hellas με στόχο την εύρεση καινοτόμων λύσεων για κοινωνική αλλαγή στην Ελλάδα.


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