Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works

eBay Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers launched this online competition to find the world’s most innovative market-based solutions that create economic opportunity and generate employment for disadvantaged populations.

The Changemakers expert panel of judges has selected the five winners that best demonstrate innovation, impact and potential to sustain and scale-up their efforts.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Prizes
Five winners, as selected by the judges to best exemplify the competition assessment criteria from the pool of finalists, will each receive a cash prize of US $50,000. Early Entry Prize: Early entries, received by May 11, 2011 will be eligible to win one of three cash prizes of US $1,000. Being an Early Entry Prize winner does not preclude you from winning the competition in any way, nor guarantee finalist status. All entries will be equally evaluated per the Changemakers criteria at the completion of the entry period.

Timeline

Winner is Announced

November 16, 2011
  • Launch
    March 29, 2011
  • Entry Deadline
    November 16, 2011
  • Voting start
    November 16, 2011
  • Voting end
    November 16, 2011
  • Finalists are Announced
    November 16, 2011
  • Winner is Announced
    November 16, 2011

Dear Changemakers Community,

In our increasingly interdependent world, a vibrant global workforce has never been more essential, or more possible.

With billions in vulnerable employment—or without work at all—there is an urgent need to create economic opportunity and generate employment to engage the untapped potential of citizens around the world.

We need creative, collaborative approaches and technologies that advance broad-reaching skills and job development strategies; disseminate and leverage employment information; and open access to new markets and jobs, to ensure today’s workers are prepared to meet the rapidly changing needs of the world’s economy.

Unexpected and creative innovations are emerging across all geographies, from every corner of the world. Changemakers are rising to the challenge of building lasting architectures for employment, and working together to create tomorrow’s job markets today.

Changemakers and eBay Foundation invite you to participate in our international competition: Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works.

This competition seeks market-based innovations that are developing employment opportunities for vulnerable populations. The best entries will be those that have demonstrated impact, are prepared to scale-up, and have sought partners to expand their reach. The top five solutions will each win US $50,000. Three entries submitted by 5PM EDT, May 11, 2011 will be eligible to each win US $1,000. Additionally, selected entries will have the opportunity to establish a longer term partnership with eBay Foundation.

Join us in collaborating to power the marketplaces of the future by overcoming barriers to create economic opportunity and generate employment. Winning solutions may include those that create:

  • Increased access to restricted job markets;
  • Disruptive innovations in job creation or skills building;
  • Connections between local entrepreneurs and global markets;
  • Systems to promote awareness of job opportunities.

Have you launched an organization that expanded the qualifications of underserved citizens, or used technology or the Internet to connect job seekers to eager employers, or spearheaded a new way of helping businesses and entrepreneurs make the most of untapped talents among their labor force? Do you know someone who has?

Make a difference! Submit your solutions or nominate a project today!

Lauren Moore
President
eBay Foundation

Who should enter:

If you are a changemaker who is using market-based innovations to develop long-term employment opportunities for vulnerable populations—we want to hear from you. We are seeking individuals, organizations, or collaborations that are expanding the qualifications of disadvantaged citizens, using technology or the Internet to connect job seekers to eager employers, or spearheading a new way of helping businesses and entrepreneurs make the most of untapped talents among their labor force. The competition is open to solutions around the world. We can only accept your entry in English, Spanish, Portuguese or French.

Why you should enter:

  • Connect to a global online community that supports the impact you are making on the ground.
  • Gain visibility with our community and our competition partner, eBay Foundation.
  • A chance to win!

What you can win:

  • One of five US $50,000 cash prizes in unrestricted funding to boost your project.
  • One of three US $1,000 cash prizes (if you enter before May 11, 2011).

How to enter:

  • Take a look at this video or take a look at these step-by-step instructions.
  • Read through these tips about how to make your entry stand out.

Read all the fine print below to learn more about how you can win.

Competition Guidelines

The competition is open to all types of individuals, organizations, and collaborations from all countries. We consider all entries that:

  • Reflect the theme of the competition: Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works.
  • Identify market-based innovations that develop sustainable employment opportunities for underserved populations.
  • Indicate growth beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated impact and sustainability. While we support new ideas at every stage and encourage their entry, the judges are better able to evaluate programs that are beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated a proof of impact.
  • Are submitted in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese.

Please complete the entry form in its entirety and submit by June 15, 2011.

Assessment Criteria

Winners of the Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works competition will be those that best meet the following criteria:

Innovation: This is the knock-out test; if the work is not innovative the judges will not give it a high ranking. The entrant must describe a systemic or disruptive innovation with the potential to create economic opportunity and generate employment. The best entries will be those that demonstrate a substantial difference from other initiatives in the field and have the possibility for large-scale replication.

Social Impact: It is important that the competition entry provides a system-changing solution for the issue it addresses. Some entries will have proven successes at the local level, while others may have already engaged millions of people across multiple regions. Innovative ideas must maximize the opportunity for collaboration in creating economic opportunity and have demonstrated impact, as well as the potential for scale and replication.

Sustainability: The proposals must have a clear “road map” for reaching long-term goals and securing financial backing—entries should describe not only how they currently finance their work, but also how they plan to finance in the future. They should also have a realistic time frame for implementation. Proposals should highlight the support they have received from both the public and private sectors.

Competition Deadlines, Procedures, and Rules

Online competition submissions are accepted until June 15, 2011. At any time before this deadline, competition participants are encouraged to revise their entries based on questions and insights that they receive in the Changemakers discussion. Participation in the discussion enhances an entrant’s prospects in the competition and provides the community and the judges with an opportunity to understand the entrant’s project more completely.

There are five main phases in the competition:

  • Entry Stage, March 30 – June 15, 2011: Entries can be submitted until 5PM EDT on June 15, 2011, and throughout this stage anyone can participate in an online review discussion with the entrants.
    • Early Entry Deadline, May 11, 2011: Entries received by 5PM EDT on May 11, 2011 are eligible for the Early Entry prize.
    • Entry Deadline: June 15, 2011, 5PM EDT
  • Online Review and Semi-Finalist Selection, June 16 – July 19, 2011: Online review and discussion continues. Simultaneously, a team of Ashoka staff and shortlisters nominate the 15 best and most innovative entries as semi-finalists.
  • Voting and Finalist Selection, July 20 – August 10, 2011: The Changemakers community votes online to select 10 finalists from the field of semi-finalists.
  • Winners Selection: Finalist entries undergo a rigorous review by a panel of expert international judges. Five (5) finalists will be selected as winners from the entire challenge.
  • Winners Announced, September 14, 2011: The Changemakers competition winners—the finalist individuals, organizations, or partnerships selected by the judges—will each receive a cash prize of US $50,000.

Prizes: Early Entry Prize, Competition Prizes

Early Entry Prize:

Early entries, received by May 11, 2011 will be eligible to win one of three cash prizes of US $1,000. Being an Early Entry Prize winner does not preclude you from winning the competition in any way, nor guarantee finalist status. All entries will be equally evaluated per the Changemakers criteria at the completion of the entry period.

Winners:

Five winners, as selected by the judges to best exemplify the competition assessment criteria from the pool of finalists, will each receive a cash prize of US $50,000.

Winners will be announced September 14, 2011.

Participation in the competition provides the opportunity to receive feedback on your solution from fellow entrants, Changemakers staff, judges, expert commentators, and the Changemakers community. Showcasing your market-based solution and the challenges involved in creating social impact through community engagement advises potential investors about how best maximize the strategic impact of their future investments.

Disclaimer—Compliance with Legal Restrictions

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.

Prizes

Total value:
253 000
Five winners, as selected by the judges to best exemplify the competition assessment criteria from the pool of finalists, will each receive a cash prize of US $50,000. Early Entry Prize: Early entries, received by May 11, 2011 will be eligible to win one of three cash prizes of US $1,000. Being an Early Entry Prize winner does not preclude you from winning the competition in any way, nor guarantee finalist status. All entries will be equally evaluated per the Changemakers criteria at the completion of the entry period.

Competition entries

Title Contributor Location
One Plus One Disabled Persons’ Stenography Studio, creating new job opportunities for the disabled Jing Lin China
The Financially Self-Sufficient School Model – Paraguay: Economically Empowering Education for Low-Income Youth Martin Burt Paraguay
We provide capital & guidance to micro-entrepreneurs to lift themselves & their communities out of poverty. Shivani Siroya Mexico
Centro de Apoyo Productivo e Incubadora de Empresas de Base Social, con articulación público-privada, en villa Los Piletones Silvana Rufail Argentina
Competitive Employment Through an Intensive Client Centered Approach Tamara Clark United States
First Endeavor's Mission to Combat Unemployment Amongst Female Offenders Heather Barnhardt
BLISS: Self-sufficiency for underprivileged girls driven by poverty to pick work over school Saba Gul Pakistan
BEST Academy - A green collar workforce program Miquela Craytor United States
Asmama -子育てSOSを発すれば最も理想的な支援者が必ず見つかる社会を創る! keiko koda Japan
¡ INCLÚYETE¡ NEGOCIOS PRODUCTIVOS INCLUSIVOS Miriam Rojas
Biodiversidad: La Riqueza de los mas Pobres! Alvaro Herrera Vidal Colombia
Refarm! – 農家のこせがれ“KOSEGARE"を起点に、日本の農業改革と日本経済の活性化をはかる。 Yusuke Miyaji Japan
Factoria Quinoa - Colombian fair trade Luis Felipe Ave... Colombia
Japan Association for Refugees- マイクロファイナンスによる難民の「重荷」から「人財」への転換 Masaru Yoshiyama Japan
Creating Jobs and Businesses to Meet the World's Most Essential Needs Sandy Gershuny
Big Issue Japan - ホームレスの人々が、尊厳を回復し、自立していく、雑誌販売の仕事提供 Shoji Sano Japan
YardSprout is building a technology ecosystem to support the emerging local food economy in the U.S. and beyond. Andrew Pearson United States
PROJECT CISC ENTREPRENEURSHIP, QUALIFICATION, SPORTS, CULTURE AND DIGITAL INCLUSION FOR SOCIAL REINTEGRATION Ronaldo Antonio... Brazil
Swan Bakery - 障害者が活き活き働き、福祉と経営が両立できる社会へ。 Ayumi Kaitsu Japan
Kotolab - 地域の環境、イメージ、仕組みを含めた生態系を改善していくプロジェクト Okabe Tomohiko Japan
ADVANCE-An employment mentoring program for youth with developmental disabilities Teresa von Stamwitz United States
Grupo Solidário BH Adriana Torres Brazil
Wingle Co. – Transforming the impossible into limitless possibilities – developing employment opportunities for people with dis Atsumi Hasegawa Japan
Viva Letramentos - pela escritura de projetos populares genuínos Janaina Behling Brazil
Using Social Business profits to fund educational initiatives for Internally Displaced Persons Joe Heritage Kenya
NPO NEWVERY - 「MANGA」という日本独特の文化産業を通して、若者の未来を創る Takeshi Kikuchi Japan
Promethean Power Systems: Redefining Rural Cold Storage, Empowering Farmers Rajat Gupta India
Interrupcion* Fair Trade Diego Gonzalez ... Argentina
K2 International 若者自立就労支援の社会運動  Mami Iwamoto Japan
Sprout Enterprise Network: Direct-to-customer, ecommerce platform owned and operated by rural artisans. Ellen Fish India
Growth Through Energy and Community Health – Creating Platforms of Opportunity Andrew Butcher United States
Financial Opportunity Centers help alleviate poverty for working families by improving net income, credit score and net worth Kevin Jordan United States
Turismo Rural Sostenible – Un Nuevo Enfoque de Conservación: Vinculando a Personas de Menores Recursos al Turismo Global Gómez Mauricio Nicaragua
Beekeeping : Activities of self-employed for rural families Raymond Viateur... Rwanda
China Rural Finance Initiative - Forever Lending and Community Service- Microfinance Practice in Specialized Farmers Cooperative Zhan Gao China
One Degree Solar - • We produce affordable solar energy products and scalable SMS-based solutions for after-sales support. Tim Plain Liberia
Parasol: Expanding Ductile Solar Innovation Angelica Ramdhari Guyana
橄榄树残友公益互助中心 黎 于 China
Africa Home Builders (AHB) is reframing the affordable housing market for lower-income Africans. Campbell Mayer Ghana
Turning city wastage into a resource for village development anshu gupta India
R.E.A.C.H. Through Skills Training Briony Irving Jamaica
能者多劳也多得----北京慧灵家政服务中心 维娜 孟 China
Kazi Corps: Job Placement and Corporate Mentoring for Kiberan Youth (Nairobi) Justine Raschio Kenya
Inclusive Agribusinesses: Fighting Poverty and Malnutrition in Mexico Gabriela Enrigue Mexico
Using crowdsourcing and technology to empower underprivileged talent with fair and flexible work opportunities - China Dongli Zhang China
JeepneED Magic School Bus for the Philippines Erika Pineda Philippines
livelihood of wastepicker through sustainable environment arbind singh India
新疆慧光创新科技有限公司 干旱区特色林果产业的研发与推广 吐地 艾力 China
“El Arca Producers + Consumers A SUM THAT GENERATES WORK” Pablo Ordoñez Argentina
民和县土族刺绣协会 发展土绣工艺,促进贫困地区妇女就业和增收,实现公平贸易的目标 西银 邓 China

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