Ashoka's Youth Venture is pleased to partner with the University of Connecticut and its "Study of the U.S Institute" (SUSI Program 2015) to support the Student Leaders from North and Sub-Saharan Africa to be Social Entrepreneurs. After 5 weeks of intense learning in the U.S. the African students are ready to launch their own social ventures to support the development of their communities. Youth Venture will assist SUSI participants in this process. The students already have identified social challenges that they want to address in their communities, they have strong passions and talents to be changemakers.
Now is YOUR time to submit a complete version of your Action Plan and receive (up to $1000 USD) seed funding
to implement your idea.
Are you ready?
Please fill out the form. If you have any questions contact Ibustillos@ashoka.org
As a reminder, this is a closed application process; meaning that the only students who are eligible for funding are those who attended the SUSI program at the University of Connecticut the summer of 2015!
Join the Challenge
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- Challenge OpensSeptember 9, 2015
- Entry DeadlineNovember 13, 2015
- Online FeedbackDecember 30, 2015
- Seed Funding ApprovalJanuary 22, 2016
- Incorporate Feedback to all ProjectsFebruary 1, 2016
- All projects fundedFebruary 15, 2016
The challenge is open to all individuals, organizations, and partnerships, including non-profit, for-profit, and public organizations.
Entries may should be specific and well-planned, whether they are new ideas or established strategies with proven impact.
Entries must be submitted in English.
If you have questions, please contact the Challenge Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Winners of the challenge will be those that have submitted a written description of a project, invention, solution and/or initiative which, in the opinion of the judges of the challenge, best meets all of the following criteria:
- Innovation: The best entries will be those where the entrant’s project substantially differs from other initiatives in the field. Distinctiveness and innovation will be given a high ranking by the judges. This does not necessarily involve inventing something entirely new. Rather, the project may comprise new products or processes, as well as new applications or hybrid combinations of existing tools. In other words, innovation can be present in new approaches to an old idea, or the application of an old idea to a different problem. Entries should describe how their projects are driven by original, ground-breaking ideas.
- Social Impact: Entries should describe how the project builds stronger communities. Entries should reflect an understanding of the systemic barriers within the project’s specific contex,t and should describe how the project impacts these barriers. Entries should explain how the project measures social impact using both quantitative and qualitative data. Entries describing projects that are at an early stage may set out their anticipated social impact and how they plan to measure it.
- Sustainability: Entries should include a clear plan for reaching long-term goals and securing financial backing. They should describe how the project is currently funded, and also how it will be funded in the future. All entries should provide a realistic time frame for the implementing the project. The most successful entrants will demonstrate that they have strong partnerships and support networks to address ongoing needs, and to help scale-up the project and maintain a clear financial strategy.
Online competition submissions are accepted according to the deadline.
At any time before this deadline, competition participants are both able and encouraged to revise their entries.
How to Enter
Click "Enter" at the top of the competition page. Register, then fill out and submit the entry form before the deadline.
Please carefully read the Assessment Criteria, and Deadlines and Procedures. The best entries contain thorough responses that match the assessment criteria.
The competition has five phases:
- Competition opens for entry:
- Entry Deadline: July 10, 2015, 5 p.m. EST
Selection of Semi-Finalists
Ashoka Changemakers will facilitate a process where all challenge entries are screened for their fit with the assessment criteria.
Those judged to be most competitive will be selected as Semi-Finalists and invited to the next phase.
- Early Entry Winners Announced:
- Semi-Finalists Announced:
Ashoka Changemakers will thoroughly evaluate the revised full entries of the semi-finalists and select 10 to 15 finalists.
- Finalists Announced:
Selection of Winners
A panel of expert judges will evaluate the entries of the challenge finalists. Together, the judges will select the winning entries, based on the assessment criteria above. Winners Champions will be publicly announced.
- Judging and Evaluation:
- Winners Announced:
Sample questions asked on the entry form include:
- Year Founded
- Organization type
- Website, Facebook, Twitter, video links
- Elevator pitch
- Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
- Solution: What is the proposed solution?
- ImpactWhat is the impact of the work to date?
- Funding, financial sustainability plan, and marketplace
- Current team
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