The Green Skills Innovation Challenge is a global innovation competition 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.
We are particularly interested in changemakers that:
a) Help those previously excluded from economic opportunity to gain the skills needed to find employment in growth sectors of the Green Economy;
b) Help communities currently entrenched in environmentally harmful jobs transition to green jobs;
c) Find innovative ways to prepare young people to find careers in, and ultimately become leaders of, the green economy.
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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.
1. You must have incorporated as a non-profit, for-profit, or hybrid organization
2. You must be over 18 by the time you apply.
3. If your product has not launched, you must have a business plan and MVP (prototype, pilot, or another proof of concept).
4. Entries will only be accepted in English (winners will be expected to engage in activities that require English proficiency).
5. We are open to entries from the following markets: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK (including Channel Islands), Uruguay, USA, Vietnam.
6. Only one application per initiative will be accepted.
7. You cannot be an employee of HSBC, advertising agencies, promotion agencies and other service providers for this Challenge, their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, regardless of where they reside) are not eligible.
8. You cannot be partners or initiatives that are already financed or supported by HSBC its affiliates, subsidiaries or joint ventures are not eligible.
> All applicants will:
a) Receive feedback from Ashoka and / or HSBC representatives;
> Semifinalists (up to 50) will:
a) Receive additional feedback from experts from HSBC & Ashoka;
b) Be referred as semifinalists in the announcement communications;
c) Access a webinar for semifinalists to connect with peers.
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.
Final entry deadline: June 4 at midnight UK time.
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