The ILO is calling on individuals and organizations to share innovative ideas and solutions to address the skills mismatch challenge. The ILO Skills Challenge Innovation Call will recognise and support the development of solutions that aim to address the different forms and dimensions of skills mismatch.
These can include proposals to:
- enhance the effectiveness of vocational education and training programmes through innovative delivery and assessment partnerships;
- improve the development and recognition of knowledge, skills and attributes of employees through innovative work based learning initiatives;
- empower enterprises to better utilise the skills of their workers;
- improve the collection, analysis, management and use of data and information on skill needs and labour market trends;
- improve the training and employment of under-represented groups including migrant and refugees, people with disabilities, young people and women;
- improve the provision of active labour market programmes through the integrated provision of vocational and job search assistance, training and work placement for the unemployed; and
- to establish new and innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships to address skills mismatch at the regional, sectoral or local levels.
Who can apply?
Any individual or any formally constituted and registered organisation/company in existence for at least two calendar years prior to the deadline. By organizations we mean cooperatives, education and training institutions (including schools, public and private training providers and universities), government agencies, NGOs and civil society organizations, public and private enterprises, regional and sectoral bodies and research organisations.
We are open to all ideas and solutions at any stage of development. They can be at an early-stage or more mature innovation. They can be a one person’s idea or involve a collaborative joint effort from different actors, such as governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations.
An expert evaluation panel will evaluate all proposals and the winner will receive support to turn the idea into reality and cement their role as innovators in skills development.
What will the winner get?
The winning entry will receive substantial support comprised on the following:
- Financial support: The winner will receive a $50,000 grant to implement the proposed solution;
- Six-month innovation lab: The winner will receive technical support to transform the idea into a prototype ready to be piloted, including through boot camps and remote mentoring via a virtual platform;
- Worldwide visibility: The winner will receive support through awareness raising of the idea and solution, including an invitation to a global event to present the innovation concept to potential partners and sponsors, press articles in media channels, videos, among others;
- Extended network and partnerships: The winner and shortlisted entries will join the ILO’s Global Network of Skills Innovators. They will have the opportunity to exchange with other innovators and share their solutions with ILO’s stakeholders.
What is the application process and key dates?
To submit your idea or solution, applicants should:
- Go to the Skills Challenge Innovation Call webpage ;
- Revise the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions of the competition;
- Develop the proposal and secure support from partners;
- Complete the form available on the website;
- Send the completed form and supporting documents to email@example.com by 13 April 2020 (midnight, Geneva time).
Applications and supporting documents can be submitted in English, French and Spanish. There is no fee to participate in the Call. Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their application has been received. Incomplete or late responses will not be considered.
Key dates and deadlines:
- Launch of the Call: 29 January 2020;
- Submission deadline for ideas: 13 April 2020 (midnight, Geneva time);
- Announcement of winner: 14 May 2020;
- Skills Innovation Lab commences: September 2020;
- Piloting of solution completed by: September 2021.
Any queries related to the challenge call in general or the application process itself should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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