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Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Contest 2020 for Students & Young Entrepreneurs

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The Drucker Challenge is an international essay competition held annually by the Drucker Society Europe, in conjunction with the Drucker Forum. The Challenge explores a current topic in management – typically related to the theme of the Forum – in the context of Peter Drucker’s human-oriented management philosophy.

Requirements for Drucker Challenge Essay Contest:

General requirements

  • You must be 18-35 years old (inclusive of both ages)
  • You must have been selected no more than once (or not at all) among the top 10 since 2010

Essay category requirements
You can submit one essay to participate as either a student or a professional
(please mention your main occupation in the submission form)

Student category

  • You are a part-time or full-time student (bachelor, master, MBA, or PhD) or you are seeking your first opportunity after the completion of your last degree

Professional category

You are a

  • manager of people, projects, budgets, and/or processes
  • an entrepreneur or business owner
  • licensed professional
  • social volunteer or community leader

First Prizes:

  • A cash prize of 1.500 EUR  (to be handed over at Awards ceremony)

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

  • Free participation and waived registration fee (regular fee +/- € 2,000) for the 12th Global Peter Drucker Forum to be held in Vienna on October 29-30, 2020 at the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) (including conference bag and brochure, buffet lunches, and coffee breaks at the conference venue)
  • Invitation to pre-conference events on October 28:
    Morning: Drucker Forum Specials (more to come)
    Afternoon: Drucker Challenge Get-Together (with partner) – opportunity to network with peers, Drucker Challenge team and Jury in a Viennese cosy atmosphere!
    Evening: Networking Reception at House of Industry (with partner) – opportunity to mingle with the Drucker Forum family
  • Invitation to the Gala event on October 29 with seated dinner and Awards ceremony (with partner)
    Sightseeing or Museum tour with an experienced guide (upon request)
  • Opportunity to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay
  • Certificate with ranking
    on this website plus Drucker Forum newsletter and Forum Community newsletter. Your essay may be re-published by your university/company with credits given to Peter Drucker Society Europe
  • Invitation to join the exclusive Drucker Challenge Alumni Community on social media networks
  • One-year-all-access subscription to the Harvard Business Review
  • Ranking list and publication of essay
  • Funding of travel expenses: Your international travel and accommodation costs for attending the Forum will be reimbursed based on our travel process & policy. If you need visa to travel to Austria, we will advise early travel arrangements.

Second and Third
Prize Winners

(Those who are ranked nr. 2 or nr. 3 in the Student or Professional category)

BENEFITS

  • Free participation and waived registration fee (regular fee +/- € 2,000) for the 12th Global Peter Drucker Forum to be held in Vienna on October 29-30, 2020 at the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) (including conference bag and brochure, buffet lunches, and coffee breaks at the conference venue). A special Young Generation Luncheon will be organized
  • Invitation to pre-conference events on October 28:
    Morning: Drucker Forum Specials (more to come)
    Afternoon: Drucker Challenge Get-Together (with partner) – opportunity to network with peers, Drucker Challenge team and Jury in a Viennese cosy atmosphere!
    Evening: Networking Reception at House of Industry (with partner) – opportunity to mingle with the Drucker Forum family
  • Invitation to the Gala event on October 29 with seated dinner and Awards ceremony (with partner)
  • Opportunity to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay
  • Certificate with ranking
  • Ranking list and publication of essay on this website. Your essay may be re-published by your university/company with credits given to Peter Drucker Society Europe
  • Invitation to join the exclusive Drucker Challenge Alumni Community on social media networks
  • One-year-all-access subscription to the Harvard Business Review
  • Funding of travel expenses: Your international travel and accommodation costs for attending the Forum will be reimbursed based on our travel process & policy. If you need visa to travel to Austria, we will advise early travel arrangements.

Finalists Ranked
Places 4 to 10

BENEFITS

  • Free participation and waived registration fee (regular fee +/- € 2,000) for the 12th Global Peter Drucker Forum to be held in Vienna on October 29-30, 2020 at the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) (including conference bag and brochure, buffet lunches, and coffee breaks at the conference venue). A special Young Generation Luncheon will be organized
  • Invitation to pre-conference events on October 28:
    Morning: Drucker Forum Specials (more to come)
    Afternoon: Drucker Challenge Get-Together (with partner) – opportunity to network with peers, Drucker Challenge team and Jury in a Viennese cosy atmosphere!
    Evening: Networking Reception at House of Industry (with partner) – opportunity to mingle with the Drucker Forum family
  • Invitation to the Gala event on October 29 with seated dinner and Awards ceremony (with partner)
  • Opportunity to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay
  • Certificate with ranking
  • Ranking list and publication of essay on this website.
  • Invitation to join the exclusive Drucker Challenge Alumni Community on social media networks
  • One-year-all-access subscription to the Harvard Business Review
  • Funding of travel expenses: Your international travel and accommodation costs for attending the Forum will be reimbursed based on our travel process & policy. If you need visa to travel to Austria, we will advise early travel arrangements.

Places 11 to 15

(all equal without ranking)

BENEFITS

  • If you qualified for the Second Round of judging without being selected as one of the 10 finalists, you will receive free participation and waived registration fee (regular fee +/- € 2,000) for the 12th Global Peter Drucker Forum to be held in Vienna on October 29-30, 2020 at the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), including conference bag and brochure, buffet lunches, and coffee breaks at the conference venue
  • You must make your own arrangements for travel and accommodation in order to attending the Forum. No cash refund.
  • However, you will be eligible to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay (with travel/accommodation reimbursement based on our travel process & policy)

How to submit your Essay for Drucker Challenge Essay Contest

Go to SUBMISSION in the main menu, fill in the form and upload your essay.

In case you encounter problems with uploading, please send your file and information to essay[at]druckerchallenge.org BEFORE May 24, 2020, 16:00 CET (4:00 PM CET)

Please note:

  • NO entry fees to be paid
  • Authors from all around the world are invited

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Contest 2020

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The Roddenberry Prize 2020 for Organizations with innovative solutions

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The $1M Roddenberry Prize is a call for big, bold solutions from anyone, anywhere that address the challenges of an unpredictable and fast-changing global landscape. Four game-changing and innovative solutions will each receive $250,000 for their work in one of the following fields: Education, Science, Environment, and Humanity. Applications from anyone — individuals, for-profits, teams, non-profits, and B-corps — are welcome.

Deadline: April 10, 2020.
Eligibility

The Roddenberry Foundation welcomes Prize applications from individuals, non-profits, social enterprises, and B-corps who meet all of the following:

  • Individuals who are 18 years of age or older
  • Organizations or institutions with a budget of $10mil or less
  • Organizations whose primary focus of their work is either Education, Science, Environment, or Humanity
  • Submit an application in English
  • Include completed responses to all required application questions
  • Agree to all legal terms and conditions of the Prize grant program
    Be able to legally receive grant funding
Prizes

Four awardees will receive $250,000 each. Awards will be announced in August 2020. The top organizations in each issue area that are not awarded a prize will be recognized publicly as Finalists.

Timeline and Applications
Prize Launch: March 4, 2020
Between March 4 and April 10, learn about the Prize, register account, review and apply.
 
Round One Deadline: April 10, 2020
Complete registration and submit application by 5:00 PM Pacific Time. Applications cannot be submitted after the deadline.
 
Round One review: April 13–May 8, 2020
The Roddenberry Foundation team reviews submissions to ensure compliance with Prize eligibility and rules. Advisors provide specialised expertise to reviewers, and Round One applications are evaluated using a scoring rubric.
 
Round Two opens: May 11, 2020
Select number of applications will be invited to submit application for Round Two of the Prize. Only those who are invited to Round Two will remain in consideration for the Prize. Invited applicants will have four weeks to submit their Round Two application.
 
Round Two deadline: June 5, 2020
Round Two applicants will have three weeks to submit their Round Two application. All Round Two applications are due by June 5, 2020, at 5:00 PM Pacific Time. Applications cannot be submitted after deadline and incomplete applications will not be considered.
 
Round Two Evaluation: June 8- July 13, 2020
The Roddenberry Foundation team a panel of advisors evaluates applications using the scoring criteria, with consultations from advisors. Top scoring applications from each category are selected for award.
 
Prize Announcement: August 2020
The 2020 Prize Awardees will be announced on The Roddenberry Foundation website, The Roddenberry Foundation social media, and via press release.
HOW TO APPLY 

If you did not register for our new application system in 2019, or if you submitted an application in 2018 or earlier, you can create an account APPLY HERE.

If you did create an account, simply sign in HERE and click the “Apply” button on the right next to “Prize”.

For more Information: Visit the website for Roddenberry Prize 2020 for Social Entrepreneurs & Changemakers 

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2020 Orange Social Venture Prize for Innovative Startups in Africa & Middle East

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Applications are now open for Orange Social Venture Prize 2020 for Innovative Startups in Africa & Middle East ( 50,000 Euros Prize)

Awarded by Orange, this prize recognizes technological projects with a positive impact that improve living conditions for populations in Africa and the Middle East, in essential fields such as education, healthcare, agriculture, mobile payment or sustainable development.

 

The competition starts with a national phase during which each of the 17 Orange subsidiaries taking part will examine the projects submitted in its country and nominate three winners maximum. Then there will be a second international phase in which the winners from each country, up to 54 winners in total, will compete before an international panel which will award the OSVP grand prize at AfricaCom, the largest technological fair in Africa, which takes place in November in Cape Town, South Africa.

Furthermore, the 10 international finalists will have the opportunity to receive personalised support from experts in founding and financing new companies.

OSVP is aimed at students, employees or entrepreneurs aged over 21 years and start-ups that are less than three years old, in the following countries: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Jordan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Tunisia.

Orange Social Venture Prize National competition:

Each project submitted will participate in the national competition of its country of origin (the country is identified by the participant when the project is submitted on the Site). Each country organizes a national jury that nominates up to three (3) national winners.

Orange Social Venture Prize International competition:

These three (3) national winners will participate automatically, without the need to redeposit their respective project, at the Grand Prix (Orange MEA Competition) and the grand jury designates the 3 grand prize winners of the Grand Prix Orange Social Venture Prize Africa / Middle East.

Participants

Participation in the Competition is open to natural persons aged over 21 years at the date of the initiation of the Competition mentioned in article 3 of the Rules and to legal persons able to prove that they have exercised their activity for less than three (3) years on the day the Competition is initiated with access to the Internet and having an e-mail address (hereinafter the “Participant”/the “Participants”).

Excluded from the Competition participation are:
 Natural persons of less than 21 years at the date of the launch of the Competition;
 Legal persons who have exercised their activity for over three years on the day on which the Competition is initiated;
 Persons having conceded rights to their Project
 Persons having collaborated directly in the organisation of the Competition (such as personnel of the Orange group belonging to the CSR MEA and Partnerships departments, the members of the subsidiaries in Africa and the Middle-East participating in the organisation of the Prize and Innovacom personnel);
 The professionals of the national juries as well as the jury members of the international Grand Prix and their families;
 Natural or legal person without personal bank account.

Awards

For the international Grand-Prix awards are the following:
 1st prize: the payment of an amount of € 25,000 (twenty-five thousand euros);
 2nd prize: the payment of an amount of € 15,000 (fifteen thousand euros);
 3rd prize: the payment of an amount of € 10,000 (ten thousand euros);
 One women award: the payment of an amount of € 20,000 (twenty thousand euros)
 One 10th year special award: the payment of an amount of 10,000 (ten thousand euros)

Composition of the entry file during the pre-selection phase – as such in Article 5.3 of these Rules. The application file
(hereinafter ‘Dossier’ or ‘Candidature File’) contains:

  1. Entry form
     It is available on line and should be filled in directly on the Site
     Asterisked fields must be filled in to validate the entry.
  2. Entry file relative to the Project
     The format authorised is that of a file in PDF format of 10 Mb maximum.
     Important: The name of the said file must be strictly identical to the name of the project mentioned in the first field of the entry form.
     The elements for constituting the Project File are the following:
  3. Summary presentation of the Project: between 1000 and 2000
    characters.
  4. Analysis of the market
  5. Identification of the market opportunity
  6. Presentation of the product/service proposed
  7. Information about the management team
  8. Financial forecasts
  9. Evaluation of the societal impact

Stages of participation in the Competition:

  1. From March 09th 2020 at 09:00am GMT to June 05th 2020 at 9:00pm GMT:
     The Participants will submit the File on the https://startup.orange.com/ website
     The Participants must also fill in the entry form presented on line as part of the File submission procedure.
     The participants will have to validate the International Rules and the national rules to validate his submission. International and national rules are accessible and can be downloaded on the web Site.
  2. From June 10th 2020 00:00am GMT to September 2020:
     Each participating Orange affiliate listed above, or its designated partner, will examine the different projects submitted and will pre-select Projects. The
    preselected projects will eventually be interviewed, as applicable (face-to-face, by telephone or videoconference) by Orange partner, members of the jury or Orange affiliate members or will be asked to pitch their project physically in front of the national jury to foster different aspects of their Project.
     Selection from the national juries should be made in September and the 3 national winners of each country communicated to the Organising Company corporate entity before end of September 2020.
  3. From September 2020 to November 2020

The Organising Company will examine all the national winners Projects submitted by
Orange affiliates and following national juries’ decisions, and will pre-select Projects.
The shortlisted projects will eventually be interviewed, as applicable (face-to-face, by
telephone or videoconference) by Orange partner, or Orange corporate members.
 The International Grand Jury decision will be made during October 2020 to choose
the three (3) international prize-winners.

4.November 2020
 November, 2020 the Organising Company will publicly announce the international
winners of the Grand-Prix and organise an award ceremony.

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Application Guidelines
Rules

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of theOrange Social Venture Prize 2020 for Innovative Startups in Africa & Middle East

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