Are you a social entrepreneur equipping those most in need of opportunity with green skills?
Then apply for the Ashoka/HSBC Green Skills Innovation Challenge 2021 and be the lucky social entrepreneur to win up to $20,000 in grant funding from a total prize fund of $230,000.
Application Deadline: June 4, 2021
The Green Skills Innovation Challenge will award social entrepreneurs with up to $20,000 of grant funding from a total prize fund of $230,000.
All Applicants will:
Receive feedback from Ashoka and/or HSBC representatives.
Semifinalists (up to 50) will:
They are open to entries from the following markets:
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The challenge will have up to 15 winners, with at least 3 being youth-led organizations. The Challenge Team will decide funding amounts awarded to each winner. There will be two award categories:
Most Innovative solutions:
Best early-stage solutions:
Ashoka and HSBC are collaborating on the first-of-its-kind Green Skills Innovation Challenge. This global innovation competition is open to social entrepreneurs in selected markets with ventures that equip individuals and communities with the skills needed to thrive in the transition to a green economy.
As we look towards a post-pandemic world, we have an opportunity to shape a recovery that leverages solutions that address the climate crisis and promote health, equality, and financial wellbeing.
This Green Economy requires a workforce equipped with robust green skills—the competencies that allow individuals to step into new green jobs or transition aspects of their current careers towards jobs that will have positive impacts on the planet.
The Green Skills Innovation Challenge will award social entrepreneurs with up to $20,000 of grant funding from a total prize fund of $230,000. We’re looking for social entrepreneurs with ventures which recognize:
The innovators will be also open to connecting with others and working together to solve the problem they care about.
In addition to our evaluation criteria described above, the group of winning teams will be selected to represent the diversity of applications received and the diversity of the field. Diversity will refer to: gender, accessibility, class, ethnicity, race and age. Diversity can be showcased in the target audience of a project, its partners or the team representing it.
We are looking for social entrepreneurs who are equipping those most in need of opportunity with green skills needed to thrive, ensuring that the transition to a green economy benefits all.
We are particularly interested in changemakers that:
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