Ashoka’s Changemakers Announces International Social Business Competition

April 14, 2010

Artemisia and Ashoka’s Changemakers have launched a global search for model initiatives and ideas that can help build the emerging field of social business.

The Leveraging Business for Social Change: Building the Field of Social Business competition invites entries describing social enterprises that demonstrate how social business initiatives can thrive and scale-up their impact on quality of life.

The competition is open to all types of individuals and organizations (charitable organizations, private companies, or public entities) from all countries. The program will consider all entries that reflect the theme of the competition, that indicate growth beyond the concept or research stage, and that have demonstrated a proof of impact. Entries may be submitted in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese.

The winners of the Leveraging Business for Social Change competition will be those that describe a systemic and/or transformational solution that most successfully demonstrates how to build the field of social business. The innovation will demonstrate a substantially different approach from other initiatives in the field with potential for replication. The solutions may include expanded distribution, more thoughtful design, outreach and education, and creative adaptation. The ideas and solutions generated through this challenge must spark profound transformation in the way social businesses achieve financial viability and scale up the reach and impact of social business initiatives. Entries must also demonstrate social impact and sustainability.

Three winners will each receive grants of $5,000 to advance their projects.

Visit the Changemakers Web site for complete competition guidelines: http://www.changemakers.com/en-us/socialbusiness

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