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.

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Nominations or Self-Nominations due: March 31, 2011

Applications due: May 2, 2011

You have until March 31 to apply for the 2011 Tech Awards, or nominate an organization you know who might be interested in this award.  The Tech Awards honors innovators who are creatively applying technology to benefit humanity in the areas of Environment, Economic Development, Education, Equality and Health.  Fifteen laureates in five categories will be honored at a Gala event in October 2011 in Silicon Valley, California, and five Laureates will each be awarded a cash prize of $50,000 USD.

To nominate yourself, or someone you know, please visit: http://nominations.techawards.org/nominate/nominee.asp

Key Dates:

Nominations or Self-Nominations due: March 31, 2011 
Applications due
: May 2, 2011
Laureates announced
: August 2011
Laureate week in California
: October 17-21, 2011

If you have any questions, please contact: techawards@thetech.org.

Further Information on The Tech Awards and the application process, and the selection criteria can be found at: www.techawards.org.

Best wishes and good luck!

Ashoka’s Changemakers Announces Geotourism Challenge to Save Coastal and Freshwater Destinations

Ashoka’s Changemakers, National Geographic, and the Inter-American Development Bank are hosting the Geotourism Challenge 2010: Places on the Edge: Saving Coastal and Freshwater Destinations competition to find innovative solutions for coastal, waterway, and island destinations that protect the environment and strengthen the heritage and livelihoods of local residents.

The Places on the Edge competition is open to all types of individuals and organizations (charitable organizations, private companies, or public entities). The competition seeks submissions describing sustainable models that enhance the unique character and beauty of oceans, rivers, bays, lakes, estuaries, and waterways, and the culture and heritage of their inhabitants.

Entries should describe innovative ideas that engage and educate tourists and local residents; prevent or curb pollution and waste; protect wildlife, coral reefs, and fisheries; and promote construction of innovative sustainable structures that withstand natural disasters like hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Innovations may include creative applications of technology, cultural and business practices, science, policies, and social organization.

To be eligible for awards, entries must indicate growth beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated impact and sustainability. While the competition’s sponsors support new ideas at every stage and encourage their entry, the judges are better able to evaluate programs that are beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated a proof of impact.

Entries may be submitted in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese.

The top three entries will win $5,000 each. The best two entries submitted by the early entry deadline of October 20, 2010, will be eligible to each win $500. Through the Multilateral Investment Fund Opportunity 2010, the IADB and MIF will provide a total of up to $5 million of co-financing for competition entries that provide innovative ideas for sustainable destination management by micro- to medium-sized companies in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Visit the Changemakers Web site for complete competition guidelines and entry procedures.

Revolutionizing the Professional Conference Experience, The Women In Green Forum Grants Lifetime Membership To All 2010 Registrants

The Women In Green Forum, an annual sustainability conference, will include lifetime access to future Women In Green annual conferences in this year’s one-time registration fee.

In an unprecedented move, the Women In Green Forum just announced that it will grant lifetime membership to every registered attendee at the inaugural 2010 Forum, which is scheduled for September 1st and 2nd at the Pasadena Convention Center. This groundbreaking strategy will allow anyone who purchases a registration pass this year to be exempt from registration fees in future years, thereby granting 2010 Women In Green goers lifetime access to the yearly Forum for a modest, one-time fee.

Offering the added value of lifetime membership for 2010 registrants is likely to substantially boost the Forum’s attendance, serving as an innovative response to this year’s difficult economic climate. It will also create a loyal support base for future Women In Green Forums by granting conference-goers an enhanced event experience. The Forum organizers want all registrants to enjoy being members of a community versus participants in a one-time event. Unlike traditional conferences, the Women In Green Forum will continue to support the professional development interests of its members long after the Convention Center shuts down the evening of September 2nd.

“By promoting lifetime access to the Women In Green Forum, we are hoping to re-engineer the attendee experience,” says Jaime Nack, President of the event production company Three Squares Inc. (TSI) and Executive Director of the Women In Green Forum. “The purpose of the Forum is to connect professionals within the sustainability field in a meaningful way. Our lifetime membership offer will allow attendees to build upon their conference experience every year and cultivate long-term relationships, leading to career growth among individuals and the formation of a powerful Women In Green community. With so little time to solve the many critical environmental issues confronting us, we see an opportunity for the Women In Green Forum to become a driving force in shaping collaborative solutions to the environmental challenges ahead.“

The Women In Green Forum’s unique lifetime model is making a splash within the event production industry. Given the current economic climate, Three Squares Inc.—the Forum’s event production company—is diverging from the “business as usual” mode in conference production, which typically relies on sponsorships, registration rates, and short-term experiences lasting from one to three days. This unique approach provides more added value for the attendees, sponsors and speakers and will allow 2010 participants to stay connected with the Forum for years to come.

“Lifetime membership is a visionary move,” says Sarah Backhouse, Anchor of Planet 100 for Discovery’s Planet Green.com and master of ceremonies for the 2010 Women in Green Forum. “It’s an amazing opportunity for the Forum’s attendees to foster a sense of community, grow their networks and enhance job prospects. I envisage these exclusive memberships becoming highly coveted in the future.”

Serving one of the chief goals of the Forum—to create a community of professionals who share a passion for sustainability—lifetime memberships will be assigned to individual attendees rather than their affiliated companies. Lifetime memberships will also include priority invitations to other Women In Green Forum events throughout the year and future access to an online “members only” portal. By creating more opportunities to connect with others in the field, the lifetime membership strategy is anticipated to create a collaborative platform from which women can develop powerful professional networks and build upon each other’s successes. For more details and the terms of the membership offer, please visit the Forum web site at http://www.womeningreenforum.com.

2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

* awards
* solutions
* competition
* innovation

Call for Entries Deadline: October 4, 2010.

The Buckminster Fuller Institute announces the Call for Entries to the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, an annual $100,000 prize program to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.

In a statement about the Challenge, The Buckminster Fuller Institute explains the background of the prize program:

Short term reductionist thinking which dominates all industrialized societies is a fundamental cause of the massive social, economic and environmental deterioration our world is confronted with today. It is now painfully obvious to many that most attempts by civil, corporate, scientific, academic and government sectors to deal with these breakdowns, despite good intentions and significant investment, often exhibit little more than a reflexive default to the same reductionist approach that created the problems in the first place. Little if any attention is ever directed toward optimizing whole systems. Instead the focus remains riveted only on improving various parts in isolation. Not surprisingly, when it comes to solving complex problems, actions are typically fragmented, disjointed and piecemeal. The net result: on a global scale the level of deterioration is rapidly increasing and imbalances have already reached crisis proportions.

During the past half century pioneers like Buckminster Fuller and other visionaries responded to the failure of reductionism by developing new approaches to meeting human needs, concurrent with preserving the vital diversity of cultures and ecosystems that form the fabric of life on Earth. Their holistic approach has influenced thousands of individuals in numerous fields who continue to break new ground in how to think, plan and design.

This evolving and growing body of work contains the seeds, models and strategies for the fundamental shift in direction so urgently needed today. The work spans a range of development stages— from the conceptual phase, to prototype ready, to well proven models poised to scale up. However, most of these new approaches, even the most advanced, remain under funded, under recognized and have yet to significantly penetrate mainstream education, economic activity, media, philanthropy and public policy.

“We’re looking for solutions that address multiple problems without creating new ones down the road— integrated strategies dealing with key social, economic, environmental, policy and cultural issues. Our entry criteria is deeply inspired by what Fuller termed comprehensive anticipatory design science— an approach we feel holds an important key to the design of strategies aimed at having a transformative effect on the system as a whole. We are very grateful for the recognition the prize recipients have received to date and hope this will lead to the greater understanding and wide-spread application of the whole systems, design science approach we are championing.” said Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

After decades of tracking world resources, innovations in science and technology, and human needs, Fuller asserted that options exist to successfully surmount the crises of unprecedented scope and complexity facing all humanity— he issued an urgent call for a design science revolution to make the world work for all.

ANWERING THIS CALL IS WHAT THE BUCKMINSTER FULLER CHALLENGE IS ALL ABOUT!

Please help us get the word out. Share this notice with your network, Thank you.
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Important Links
– The deadline for entries is 5pm (Eastern Standard Time) on MONDAY OCTOBER 4, 2010.
– For the call for entries, instructions for how to enter, reference materials, and much more, visit http://challenge.bfi.org
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About
The Buckminster Fuller Challenge originated in 2007 and awards $100,000 annually. Support for the program has been provided by the Atwater Kent Foundation, The Civil Society Institute, The James Dyson Foundation, The Highfield Foundation; The Jewish Communal Fund, and the members of The Buckminster Fuller Institute.

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in New York, The Buckminster Fuller Institute is dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions which radically advance human well being and the health of our planet’s ecosystems. BFI’s programs combine unique insight into global trends and local needs with a comprehensive approach to design. BFI encourages participants to conceive and apply transformative strategies based on a crucial synthesis of whole systems thinking, Nature’s fundamental principles, and an ethically driven worldview. By facilitating convergence across the disciplines of art, science, design and technology, BFI’s work extends the profoundly relevant legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller. For further information visit http://www.bfi.org

2010 Out of the Box Prize

August 10, 2010

2010 Out of the Box Prize

* social justice
* competition
* community development
* health
* rural development
* innovation
* awards
* education

Application Deadline: October 31, 2010.

The Community Tool Box will honor innovative approaches to promoting community health and development worldwide with the 2010 Out of the Box Prize. We invite you to enter and encourage you to share contest information with others doing innovative work to improve life in their communities anywhere in the world. (Click here to download a flyer that can be shared with others.)

Your group’s work may involve efforts to improve community health, education, urban or rural development, poverty, the environment, social justice, or other related issues of importance to communities. Applicants must be willing to share the group’s innovative and promising approach with others.

Grand Prize:
$5,000 cash award (USD) + free customized WorkStation for your group (value $2,100)

Second Prize:
$2,000 cash award (USD) + free customized WorkStation for your group

Award Finalists: All Award Finalists stories will be featured on the Community Tool Box as an outstanding example of “Taking Action in Your Community.”

Finalists will be selected by an international panel of judges. Site visitors will vote on their favorite “Out of the Box” project to be awarded the top two prizes.

Important Contest Dates:

8/1/2010: Opening date for applications

10/31/2010: Deadline for submission of applications

11/1 – 11/21/2010: International panel reviews the applications to select Finalists

12/1/2010: Award Finalists posted on the homepage of the Community Tool Box; public voting begins

1/31/2011: Public voting on Award Finalists closes

2/15/2011: Grand Prize and Second Prize announced

We invite you to submit an application. Click here to download application.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Any group that has engaged in any aspect of community health and development effort – from planning to sustainability- for the period of 2008 to 2010 can apply. Your group’s work may involve efforts to improve community health, education, urban or rural development, poverty, the environment, social justice, or other related issues of importance to communities. Applicants must be willing to share the group’s innovative and promising approach with others.

We are seeking “out of the box”—innovative and promising— approaches to promoting community health and development. “Innovation” may include a unique or effective way of planning or implementing a change effort, creative use of existing community resources, original ways of generating participation and collaboration, implementing a best practice within a new context or group, or other innovative and promising approaches. We seek clear descriptions of how applicants took action in the community (currently or within the past three years); including Assessment, Planning, Taking Action, Evaluation, and Sustainability of the group’s efforts. The initiative should effectively address an issue of importance to the community.

To get an application: visit: http://ctb.ku.edu

Chase, the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co., has announced the launch of its Chase Community Giving Summer 2010 program on Facebook. The program will award a total of more than $5 million to be shared among two hundred charities.

Chase Community Giving is a program that allows users to vote online for the local charities that matter most to them. By participating, users will help Chase direct corporate philanthropy dollars to eligible small and local organizations working in the focus areas of primary and secondary education, youth development, healthcare, housing, community development, the environment, combating hunger, arts and culture, human services, and animal welfare.

The first Chase Community Giving program, held earlier this year, was the most popular corporate philanthropy crowdsourcing campaign of its type. More than two million Facebook users became fans of the program and helped decide which of the more than 500,000 charities that participated should receive a share of $5 million. More than a hundred winners from thirty-one states were selected.

For the summer 2010 program, the number of charities eligible to receive awards has doubled and several new tools have been introduced. Charities will be able to edit their charity profiles and add meaningful media to help tell their stories in the form of videos and photos. In addition, badges, which users earn to indicate their commitment to their community, have been introduced. And a Gift Vote feature that lets users earn the right to give additional votes to a friend has been added.

To underscore the program’s focus on small and local organizations, 501(c)(3) public nonprofits with operating expenses of $1 million or less are eligible to receive funding. The top vote-receiving charities meeting the eligibility and other requirements of the program rules will receive the top grants. The eligible charity with the most votes will receive $250,000; the top four runners-up will receive $100,000 each; and the remaining eligible charities in the top two hundred will each receive $20,000. There will be one round of voting. Voting begins June 15 and ends July 12, 2010.

For more information and program requirements: http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/