A competition for businesses that improve the environments in which young children grow up

Organisation

BiD Network and the Bernard van Leer Foundation

Deadline

May 31, 2011

Region / Country

Brazil, India, Peru, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda

Summary of RFP

Submit a business plan that will improve the environment in which young children grow up and you could…
* Receive feedback on your plan and get access to useful business tools.
* Get support from a coach to write your business plan. Win a business trip for trainings, b2b, and investor meetings.
* Get access to over 100 investors interested in financing SMEs in developing countries.
* Get access to a network of more than 36,000 like-minded entrepreneurs, coaches, and investors.

Participation criteria:

1. Check the general participation criteria.
2. Your business should have a positive impact on young children by improving the physical environment in which they grow up. For example: cleaner energy, water and sanitation solutions, better housing, safer transport, safe places to play, etc.
3. Your country of business should be: Brazil, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda, India, or Turkey.

Submission Instructions

How to submit your business plan?

1. Become a member of the BiD Network. Register at the link below.
2. Create a profile in the BiD Network.
3. Fill in and submit an online application and answer the 15 questions about your business idea.

Submit your application for coaching services before:

Peru and Brazil: the 15th of March 2011
India, Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda: the 31st of March 2011

Please pay special attention to the timeline of the competition.

4. Submit a complete business plan. If you already have a complete business plan you can attach it to your application directly. You can also submit it once your application is accepted.

Make sure to submit your complete business plan before the competition deadlines:

Peru and Brazil: the 30th of April 2011
India, Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda: 31st of May 2011

What happens after you submit your plan?

1. Your plan will enter the assessment process. You will receive extensive feedback in each stage.
2. In the beginning of May they will select the finalists from Latin America. In June they will select the finalists from Africa, Turkey and India. The entrepreneurs will be invited for a business trip for trainings, b2b, and investor meetings in their respective regions.
3. Whether or not you become a finalist, all high quality business plans are eligible for the BiD Network Investor Matchmaking Services.

This business plan competition is a collaboration between Bernard van Leer and BiD Network.

For more information, please click here.

StartSomeGood is a team comprised of four UCLA Bruins and an Aussie. The Bruins met while camping out for UCLA basketball games, and the co-founders met while working at Ashoka. All are connected by their passion for social entrepreneurship, and their dream of empowering people, anywhere and everywhere, to “do good” in the world.  Thus, they created www.StartSomeGood.com which connects social entrepreneurs with the financial and intellectual capital they need to transform an idea for improving the world into a reality, turning ideas into action and impact.

There are no shortages of problems in the world, and no shortage of people with ideas to address them, yet often people with brilliant ideas lack the resources that they need to get started.  Therefore, StartSomeGood provides social entrepreneurs with a platform to raise start-up funds and build a community of supporters — all in a fun, engaging and community-driven way.

Their site taps into the power of the crowd (aka, the “crowdfunding” model), allowing social entrepreneurs to ask for small amounts of money from supporters from around the world, in addition to providing social entrepreneurs with the tools to update their supporters, provide unique rewards in exchange for support, and run multiple campaigns over time.  Since there are several other valuable crowdfunding sites, they even encourage you to compare with other crowdfunding sites and see if StartSomeGood is the best option for you and your business:  http://startsomegood.com/Help/Difference

www.StartSomeGood.com was created specifically to make it easier for people to conceive, share and raise funds for innovative approaches to community problems and opportunities.  I recommend you visit their site today and check out some of the current campaigns: from SpeechForGood (a mobile app that connects people with their speech therapy while giving 20% back to clinics in the developing world) to urban agriculture projects in LA to community fitness programs which are addressing child obesity.

You can contact them directly at hello@startsomegood.com.

 

A competition for businesses that improve the environments in which young children grow up

Organisation

BiD Network and the Bernard van Leer Foundation

Deadline

May 31, 2011

Region / Country

Brazil, India, Peru, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda

Summary of RFP

Submit a business plan that will improve the environment in which young children grow up and you could…
* Receive feedback on your plan and get access to useful business tools.
* Get support from a coach to write your business plan. Win a business trip for trainings, b2b, and investor meetings.
* Get access to over 100 investors interested in financing SMEs in developing countries.
* Get access to a network of more than 36,000 like-minded entrepreneurs, coaches, and investors.

Participation criteria:

1. Check the general participation criteria.
2. Your business should have a positive impact on young children by improving the physical environment in which they grow up. For example: cleaner energy, water and sanitation solutions, better housing, safer transport, safe places to play, etc.
3. Your country of business should be: Brazil, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda, India, or Turkey.

Submission Instructions

How to submit your business plan?

1. Become a member of the BiD Network. Register at the link below.
2. Create a profile in the BiD Network.
3. Fill in and submit an online application and answer the 15 questions about your business idea.

Submit your application for coaching services before:

Peru and Brazil: the 15th of March 2011
India, Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda: the 31st of March 2011

Please pay special attention to the timeline of the competition.

4. Submit a complete business plan. If you already have a complete business plan you can attach it to your application directly. You can also submit it once your application is accepted.

Make sure to submit your complete business plan before the competition deadlines:

Peru and Brazil: the 30th of April 2011
India, Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda: 31st of May 2011

What happens after you submit your plan?

1. Your plan will enter the assessment process. You will receive extensive feedback in each stage.
2. In the beginning of May they will select the finalists from Latin America. In June they will select the finalists from Africa, Turkey and India. The entrepreneurs will be invited for a business trip for trainings, b2b, and investor meetings in their respective regions.
3. Whether or not you become a finalist, all high quality business plans are eligible for the BiD Network Investor Matchmaking Services.

This business plan competition is a collaboration between Bernard van Leer and BiD Network.

For more information, please visit: http://www.bidnetwork.org/page/179834

Engineers Without Borders Canada is  seeking exceptional leaders to join their African Programs Staff (APS) in the following positions:

With the Agriculture Team (in Ghana and Zambia):

Agricultural Value Chains Team Market Development Field Officer

Agricultural Value Chains Team Market Development Project Manager

African Business Development Team

With the Malawi Water and Sanitation Team:

District Capacity Development and Decentralization Policy Analyst

Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Leader

To apply, go to http://my.ewb.ca/volunteering/applications/. Applications are due on February 11th, 2011.

They are recruiting for the Agricultural Value Chains Team  (Ghana, Zambia) for departures starting in March 2011. In this project aimed at removing rural farmers’ barriers to agricultural input access, EWB will be partnering with donors. By becoming a part of the donor chain, The Agricultural Value Chains Team will be able to share field realities and will have the respect and understanding needed to drive change for farmers.

They are searching for African Business Development Team members for departures beginning in March 2001. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that have long been neglected by development initiatives are finally getting recognition from Social Investment Funds (SIFs) that have emerged to provide capital investment to these businesses. EWB’s African Business Development Team will continue to provide technical assistance to rural African businesses, as EWB has for years, while partnering with SIFs to provide services at scale.

They are seeking a leader for Malawi’s leading sanitation initiative, Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) to start in March 2011.  CLTS is an innovative approach, holding open community discussions to confront taboo sanitation behaviors. The change is owned and led by the community itself, with the CLTS team acting as facilitators and encouraging follow-through on community-set goals.

We are recruiting a District Capacity Development and Decentralization Policy Analyst to join the Malawi Water and Sanitation team as early as March 2011. Since 1998, Malawi has been undergoing a process of decentralization. This process, meant to increase the districts’ power to provide sustainable and effective services to their constituents, particularly in the water and sanitation sector, has been slow and requires acceleration to improve service delivery. This role is aimed at using understanding of field realities to increase capacity development at the district level and to advise decentralization partners (namely the Malawi-Germany Program for Democratic Decentralization) on policy.

For questions or more detailed information please contact projects@ewb.ca.

GSVC Call for Entrants

The Global Social Venture Competition, the world’s leading social business plan competition, is now open to entrants for the 2011 competition. Teams with at least one MBA or recent MBA grad can enter an executive summary of their business plan for the opportunity to gain global exposure, receive mentoring from leading social entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and compete for prize money. See www.gsvc.org/the_competition for details on how to enter.
About GSVC
The Global Social Venture Competition is the world’s preeminent social business plan competition providing aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and prize money to transform their business ideas into positive real-world impact.  Its mission is to catalyze new sustainable ventures that address significant social issues, build awareness of the social entrepreneurship field and educate future leaders.  Founded by MBA students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the GSVC has evolved into a global network supported by an international community of volunteer judges, mentors and student organizers and a partnership of premier business schools in the US, Europe and Asia.
Every year more than 500 entrant teams from around the world compete for $45,000 in prizes while gaining valuable professional feedback on their businesses. Since its inception in 1999, the GSVC has awarded over half a million dollars to promising social enterprises and introduced early-stage entrepreneurs to the venture capital community, creating a new generation of sustainable social ventures including Husk Power, Revolution Foods and d.light design.

Echoing Green will award twelve to twenty two-year fellowships to social entrepreneurs in 2011. The fellowships provide start-up capital and technical assistance to social entrepreneurs around the world working to turn their ideas into sustainable social change organizations.

Echoing Green seeks individuals or partnerships (organizations led by two people) with innovative solutions to significant social problems, strategies designed to create high-impact and sustainable change in people’s lives, and the ability to grow and lead a new organization.

The application process is open to citizens of all nationalities working in any country. Applicants must be fluent enough in English to participate in interviews and Echoing Green events, and must be 18 years of age or older.

Organizations seeking support must be the original idea of the applicant and must be independent, autonomous, and in a start-up phase, which means the applicant may have been running the organization full-time for up to two years, with Echoing Green’s financial support constituting its major/primary early funding. Applicants who have only worked on their organization on a part-time basis or have yet to start an organization are generally considered eligible. Applicants must make a full-time commitment to their organization’s development.

Fellows receive up to $60,000 ($90,000 for partnerships of two people) in seed funding over two years.

Visit the Echoing Green Web site for complete eligibility information, application materials, and profiles of fellows and their projects: http://www.echoinggreen.org/

SEVEN Fund Announces Third Annual Open Enterprise Solutions to Poverty Request for Proposals

The SEVEN Fund is a virtual nonprofit entity run by entrepreneurs whose strategy is to markedly increase the rate of innovation and diffusion of enterprise-based solutions to poverty. SEVEN believes that such solutions already exist but are not sufficiently studied, analyzed, and exhibited as examples.

The SEVEN Fund has published its annual open “Enterprise-based Solutions to Poverty” Request for Proposals. The competition will award up to two research grants of up to $100,000 each to support innovative original research in enterprise solutions to poverty.

The RFP has four goals: 1) to expand scientific inquiry to include disciplines fundamental to a deep understanding of entrepreneurship and economic development currently unsupported by conventional grant sources; 2) to forge and maintain useful collaborations between researchers and on-the-ground actors of enterprise-based solutions to poverty; 3) to provide the public with a deeper understanding of this area and its potential implications; and 4) to find, research, and analyze role-model entrepreneurs and companies whose lesson may inspire others.

Anyone may submit an initial proposal in order to compete for a SEVEN grant as long as the proposal reflects the scope and guidelines stated in the RFP. Applicants are expected to be think-tanks, economists, professors from business schools as well as other departments, researchers, entrepreneurs, business experts, strategy experts, graduate and post-graduate student researchers, economic development experts, business strategists, non-governmental organizations, etc.

For more information or to participate in the competition, visit the SEVEN Fund Web site.