Change the World Around You! - Social Entrepreneurship Contest
The University of Central Asia, Coca-Cola Company, and Coca Cola Foundation announce the second “Change the World Around You!”competition.
- Do you have a vision for change in your community?
- Are you ready for a challenge to turn your ideas into reality?
We are seeking youth (19 - 28 years old) in the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan with an original idea, who can contribute to solving social problems in their communities. In the Kyrgyz Republic, the six best proposals will receive grants of up to $2,450 to implement their ideas. In Kazakhstan, the top five proposals will receive up to $2,015 to implement their projects.
Identify issues, develop solutions: YOU can make a difference for your community!
The project ideas, which develop solutions for particular community issues, will propose specific, realistic solutions to identified community needs. Last year, successful projects from the inaugural Change the World Around You! competition implemented ideas ranging from creating employment opportunities for rural students to building wheelchair accessible ramps at public buildings.
How will it work?
The contest consists of two stages.
In stage one, applicants are invited to submit their project proposals to the University of Central Asia. The application form can be downloaded. Please see details below on how to submit your application.
In the second stage, shortlisted applicants with the best project ideas will be selected by a selection panel and receive a scholarship to participate in the “Social Entrepreneurship” training programme in Bishkek.
This 15-day training will give finalists the opportunity to develop their project ideas in workshops held with other young people and social entrepreneurship specialists. All costs, including accommodation, transportation, and training will be covered for selected participants.
Following the training, participants will present their proposals to a panel of judges who will choose the winning business plans. In the Kyrgyz Republic, the six best proposals will receive grants of up to $2,450 to implement their ideas. In Kazakhstan, the top five proposals will receive up to $2,015 to implement their projects. Proposed projects should be not be longer than 12 months in duration
Download applications here for the Kyrgyz Republic:
Download applications here for Kazakhstan:
How to submit?
Send your proposal in written or electronic form by:
- Email to: email@example.com – Subject line : Change the World Around You (application)
- Fax: +996 (312) 910 822;
- Post to address: Change the World Around You (SPCE), University of Central Asia, 138 Toktogul Street. Bishkek 720001, Kyrgyz Republic.
Deadline: 18 December 2013, 9:00 am