Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition

Winners Announced! The Nike Award and Seed Grant prizes have been announced. You may continue to read and comment on all of the entries. We welcome your feedback and thank you for all your contributions!

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Prizes
Staples Prize - Trip to Boston, USA and/or $5,000 of products Judges will choose two entries from USA and two entries from France to be finalists for the Staples Prize. Their youth representatives will be flown to Boston, Massachusetts to attend a special awards ceremony at Staples Headquarters. One winner will be selected to receive a suite of products worth US$5,000. Open to youth ages 12 to 24 and existing Venture teams in France and USA. Entrants who are not already existing Venture teams must include at least one team leader who is under 21. All entrants must become Youth Venture teams prior to being awarded prizes. Global Prize - Trip to USA to attend the next Youth Venture Summit One entrant will receive a free trip to attend the next Youth Venture Summit in 2009 to present as well as network with other young changemakers. Open to all youth ages 12 to 24 anywhere. Entrants based in the US, Canada, or Europe who are not already existing Venture teams must include at least one team leader who is under 21. Winner will be selected from a group of finalists by the Changemakers community through voting (Oct 30 - Nov 11) and announced on November 12, 2008. Some restrictions may apply. Seed Grants - Up to US$1,000 As many as 25 youth can receive seed grants of up to US$1,000 to implement creative ideas for change. Open to all youth ages 12 to 24 anywhere. Entrants based in the US, Canada, or Europe who are not already existing Venture teams must include at least one team leader who is under 21. Potential recipients are contacted by November 12 but a more detailed action plan and budget will be required before final approval. Nike Awards - US$1,000 Nike wishes to recognize the best ideas or ventures that combine sports and social change. Tell us how your passion for sports can make the world a better place. Up to five ideas or projects will win a US$1,000 grant. Open to youth ages 12 to 24 anywhere. Entrants based in the US, Canada, or Europe who are not already existing Venture teams must include at least one team leader who is under 21. Potential winners will be contacted by November 12 and approved soon after. MTV International - Documentary Profile MTV International is teaming up with Ashoka's Youth Venture to support and recognize the best environmental projects. MTV and Youth Venture will select four or five best environmental projects from its joint campaign to feature in a documentary to air on MTV International channels globally. All environmental entries in this competition will be eligible for consideration. (Open to youth ages 12 to 24 anywhere. Entrants based in the US, Canada, or Europe who are not already existing Venture teams must include at least one team leader who is under 21.) Chosen projects will be announced in January 2009.