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


BiD Network and the Bernard van Leer Foundation


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.


Your global health idea could be worth $1000 USD!

Answer the following question to be eligible for $1,000 and publication in the CSIS Commission report:

What is the most important thing the U.S. can do to improve global health over the next 15 years?

The CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health is publishing a report in January 2010 that charts the future for U.S. global health policy. We’re seeking fresh, new ideas that can produce big gains in global health.

You don’t have to be a tenured professor or a world-renowned expert. You just need to explain, passionately and convincingly, what you think is the smartest way to improve global health.

For more information or to submit your essay, please visit: http://www.smartglobalhealth.org/pages/essay-signup

Vodafone Wireless Innovation Challenge

Deadline to enter: February 2, 2009. Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000.

The Vodafone Americas Foundation is part of Vodafone’s global family of foundations. We are affiliated with Vodafone, the world’s leading mobile telecommunications company that operates in 26 countries over five continents and has significant presence in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the United States. Vodafone is in the business of communications and the leader in an increasingly connected world. The Vodafone Americas Foundation designed the Wireless Innovation Challenge to promote innovation and increase implementation of advanced wireless related technology for a better world. To that end, Vodafone Americas Foundation’s Wireless Innovation Challenge is providing up to $600,000 in awards to support projects of exceptional promise meeting the criteria described in the Eligibility Criteria section.

The Vodafone Wireless Innovation Challenge (the “Challenge”) seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless related technology to address critical social issues around the world. The Challenge is open to projects from universities and nonprofit organizations based in the United States.

Projects must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach that uses an innovation in wireless related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following areas: access to communication, education, economic development, environment, or health. The technology should have the potential for replication and large scale impact. Teams should have a business plan or a basic framework for financial sustainability and rollout.

To submit a proposal, Applicants must first complete the Eligibility Questionnaire. Eligible Applicants must then read and agree to the “Terms & Conditions” of the Challenge. Eligible Applicants will then be able to create a username and password and the URL for the online application will be sent to Eligible Applicants via email. Applicants will then be able to work on their proposal online. The application consists of multiple narrative questions and a Project budget spreadsheet that Applicants must complete and submit.

Submissions will be accepted from 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 15, 2008 to 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on February 2, 2009 (the “Entry Period”). See the Challenge Timeline for further dates and details.

Vodafone Americas Foundation will select up to eight finalists who will present their Projects before a panel of judges with expertise in the areas of wireless engineering, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 which will be paid in equal installments over three years. Winners will be notified on or about April 3, 2009. The winners will be publicly announced and recognized at an event chosen by the Vodafone Americas Foundation in late April 2009. Winners will be required to submit a report twice a year which details progress made toward Project milestones and how the award funds are being used. Annual award installment payments are conditional upon submission of satisfactory progress reports. Such reports will be in the format and contain the information specified by the Foundation.