Monday, January 25, 2010
I Am A Changemaker: Social Enterprise Business Plan Competition
British Council Philippines is looking for a new breed of entrepreneurs who dream up innovative solutions to help solve problems in their communities.
This new breed of people are called Social Entrepreneurs - a distinct group of individuals with a definite and more positive attitude towards entrepreneurship.
Social Entrepreneurs* act as change agents for society, seizing opportunities others miss and improving systems, inventing new approaches, and creating solutions to change society for the better.
They change the face of business by spotting social problems and issues and find innovative ways to address them.
They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.
Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps.
Are you a social entrepreneur? Do you have a groundbreaking idea in mind? Do you have what it takes to mobilize people and resources to create wide-ranging social change?
If so, we invite you to join now. It starts with an idea to make the world a better place. There is nothing as powerful as a new idea in the hands of a social entrepreneur.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
I am A Changemaker operates like a business plan competition, awarding seed capital directly to the best social enterprise idea that best meets our criteria.
It provides a vehicle for taking innovations from idea to reality, and is a real-world exercise for improving your skills in:
Starting a Project/Business
Pitching ideas to possible investors
No matter what your idea may be, we challenge you to unleash your ideas, energy and idealism to affect positive social change in our society. The only limit to the range of projects eligible for the award is your ambition and imagination.
Click here to see the General Terms and Conditions
*according to Ashoka