The Power of Small Entrepreneurs Strengthening Local Economies
The competition is open to all organizations and partnerships from around the world.
Solutions should reflect the theme of the challenge — The Power of Small: Entrepreneurs Strengthening Local Economies —and demonstrate impact within an underserved community or population.
Potential solutions include those that
-Fulfill the talent needs of small businesses by developing the competencies of underserved job seekers and connecting them to local jobs;
One of four US$10,000 cash prizes in unrestricted funding to boost your project.
Competition Deadlines, Procedures, and Rules
Online competition submissions are accepted until 6 p.m. EST on September 5, 2012. At any time before this deadline, competition participants are encouraged to revise their entries based on questions and insights that they receive through the Changemakers online discussion. Participation in the conversation enhances an entrant's prospects in the competition and provides the community and the judges with an opportunity to understand the entrant's project more completely.
September 5 – October 17, 2012: Online review and discussion continues. Simultaneously, a team of Ashoka staff and shortlisters, followed by a panel of expert judges, nominate the 10-15 best and most innovative entries as finalists.
Voting and Winners Selection
October 22 – November 2, 2012: The Changmakers community votes online to select four winners from the field of finalists.
November 13: Four winners will each receive a comprehensive capital, technology and promotion package from SAP, which includes a cash prize of US $10,000, a technology donation to optimize performance and scale operations, and promotion and networking opportunities with SAP executives and SAP customers at the SAP SAPPHIRE NOW Conference from November 13-15, 2012.
All finalists will be invited to the SAP SAPPHIRE NOW Conference in Madrid, Spain from November 13-15, 2012,