The BBC World Challenge 2009

March 4, 2009

Nominations open for projects showing enterprise and innovation at grassroots level. Deadline: 22nd May 2009.

Now in its fifth year, World Challenge 09 is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level. World Challenge 08 is brought to you by BBC World News and Newsweek, in association with Shell, and is about championing and rewarding projects and business which really make a difference.

Your chance to nominate a project

We are looking for your nominations for innovative projects or ideas that demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit working for the benefit of the community whilst adopting a responsible approach.

  • Projects/Small business that show initiative, the innovative use of technology or an invention.
  • Projects/Small business that increase investment into the local community.
  • Projects/Small business that take a responsible approach to the environment in which they are operating.
  • Click here to see the finalists of the 2008 World Challenge competition for examples of the types of projects we are looking for.
  • The following are not eligible for nomination: (i) projects developed by a company with a turnover of more than US $20m per annum; (ii) projects with more than 50% financing from an intergovernmental or bilateral development assistance agency such as the United Nations of European Community (iii) a drawing board idea. We need to see that something is happening; (iv) projects run by employees of BBC World News, the BBC group of companies, Newsweek, Shell or any other companies or agencies associated with the Competition and/or the selection jury and members of their immediate families and households;(v) any of the 12 finalist projects from World Challenge 2005, 2006, 2007 and/or 2008 competitions; (vi) projects/small businesses run by anyone under the age of eighteen (18); (vii) projects or small businesses with involvement in the sectors of alcoholic drinks, weapons or weapon manufacture, tobacco or pornography, political and lobbying organisations and/or religious groups.

Nomination Categories



Nominations must be received no later than midnight (GMT) 22nd May 2009. All nominations received thereafter will be invalid.


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