The British Council has is inviting applications for the #IdeasChangeLives 2019 challenge. The #IdeasChangeLives is British Council’s global innovation challenge to find digital solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems.
The winning pitch will get £20,000 to invest in their idea, as well as mentorship and support from the British Council for a full year.
Focus for 2019
This year, the British Council is looking for ideas to help achieve any or all of the goals within one of the following three Global Sustainable Development Goals:
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Decent work and economic growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
The competition is open to anyone and everyone across the world. You can choose to apply as an individual or an organisation.
British Council accept ‘early stage’ applications, meaning you don’t necessarily need a working prototype when you make your application.
You don’t need to be working in the digital or technology sector to apply.
British Council recommend thinking carefully about the following before you apply:
- The need your idea addresses – be clear about which one of The Global Goals you are focusing on and the problem your idea could help to solve.
- How people will benefit – tell us why your idea matters to the people it is designed for and how it has the potential to positively impact thousands of lives.
- Why it’s compelling – we need to feel that you really care about making a difference so tell us the story behind your idea.
- The competition – show us you have a clear understanding and awareness of any competitors who may be working on similar products and tell us why your idea is different.
- The tools and resources needed to turn it into a product – it doesn’t matter if you haven’t worked with technology before. What does matter is a clear understanding of how your idea will work in the real world.
Funding to get your idea off the ground
£20,000 in prize money to develop your product, no matter what stage you’re at.
Support to help you succeed
British Council team of digital experts will help you to develop your idea at your own pace. We’ll give you the opportunity to connect with others and develop further partnerships through access to global networks, events and sector expertise.
Mentorship for a full year
We tailor our support to suit you. You’ll get access to on-going mentorship from the British Council plus advice from subject matter experts on how to potentially grow and scale-up your idea.
Applications will close on 10 January 2020.
In February 2020, British Council will announce shortlisted applicants. They will be asked to make a short video and develop a business model to showcase their idea.
In March 2020, finalists will be announced. Finalists will then be interviewed by a judging panel made up of industry experts and representatives from the British Council’s Digital, Partnerships and Innovation team.
Competition winners will be announced in March 2020.
For More Information:
Carbon $100,000 Pan-African Fund for African Innovators
Carbon, a Nigerian fintech company has launched a new $100,000 Pan-African fund targeted at insurance, health and education tech startups on the continent.
The Carbon Disrupt fund aims to address funding and support inadequacies affecting tech entrepreneurs on the continent. The fund will be investing up to $10,000 in each of the selected startups in return for 5% equity.
Carbon, through the Disrupt Fund, hopes to make it easier for entrepreneurs across in other sectors to access the funds and support they need to establish their solutions and achieve their business objectives.
For this reason the fund will be focused on health technology, education technology and insurance technology startups.
For further information, visit Carbon Disrupt Fund website
2020 Anzisha Prize Applications
If you are a young African Entrepreneur trying to grow a small business or you’ve created something that makes your community better and provides you and your friends an income, then we want your application.
Your venture could be anything. Become a role model and inspire other young entrepreneurs to believe in the difference you can make in Africa, with the right support.
Africa’s future lies in your hands and we want to celebrate your potential to grow your country’s economy and create jobs. Each year, we select 20 leading youth entrepreneurs like you to become Anzisha Prize Fellows.
- You must be between 15 and 22 years old with an ID document or Passport to present as evidence. Anyone born before November 1, 1997 or after October 31, 2005, will not be considered.
- You must be a national of an African country with a business based in Africa for African customers/beneficiaries.
- The Anzisha Prize isn’t awarded for great ideas or business plans – you must have already started, and be able to prove it! Get started now and ensure you have tangible results to share before applications open.
- Your business, invention or social project can be in any field or industry (science and technology, civil society, arts and culture, sports, etc.). Any kind of venture is welcome to apply.
- Individuals who apply must be one of the founding members of a business (for example, 2 or 3 co-founders who started up the project together).
To be selected as one of our Anzisha ventures, your business or project will be judged on the following 5 criteria:
- Is your venture established with customers and beneficiaries and are you offering value to them?
- Are you, the founder, leading and managing your venture?
- Is your venture demonstrating some impact already?
- Whether your venture is a for-profit business or cause-based, does it already earn revenues or already reach beneficiaries? Is there potential to increase revenues or beneficiary reach with support from Anzisha?
- Has your venture created some jobs and is there potential to create more high quality jobs?
To be selected as one of our Anzisha Fellows, you must demonstrate two important qualities:
- You are the leader of your venture and you drive both venture strategy and operations.
- You spend at least 20 hours a week (or more) on your business and plan to continue to do so after selection.
- Monetary Reward of a shared amount of $100,000
- $2,000 access to a world- renowned Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum and training with the potential for further investment based on engagement and performance
- $2,500 worth of rewards from consulting and mentorship services
- $2,000 worth of rewards from Global speaking events or Experts in Residence support
- $1,000 worth of rewards from Regional Indabas across the continent
Application Deadline: April 1, 2020
For further information, visit the Anzisha Prize website
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