BeChangeMaker winners use skills to make life better and drive positive social change

Following an exciting final pitch competition and public vote, Team Sci-Kid Hub, Team T-Chan, and Team Terracotta were announced joint winners of the 2017 BeChangeMaker (BCM) initiative.

The three winning teams will each receive funding to support post-project development, as well as further training opportunities with business incubators/accelerators in their own countries. In addition, over the next three to six months, the team that makes the most progress will receive further resources and support to enable them to bring their business idea closer to reality.

Winning teams target education, better food and living conditions

Team Sci-Kid Hub, Mexico
Concept: A training program to help teachers make science lessons more exciting to encourage children to explore its potential from a young age.
Watch their final pitch video.

Team Terracotta, Indonesia
Concept:  A training program to support rice farmers and address food scarcity in Indonesia by improving quality of rice crop yields.
Watch their final pitch video.

Team T-Chan, Mexico
Concept: A business offering decent jobs to lower-income people, so they can support themselves to build their own houses.
Watch their final pitch video.

“Getting young people excited about social entrepreneurship, and seeing it as a viable career option, is key to driving positive social change,” said Debby McIsaac, Executive Director of the HP Foundation. “Through BeChangeMaker, these inspiring young people have harnessed their skills and talents to help make life better for others by creating real-world solutions to some of society’s toughest issues”.

Teams from Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia and South Africa, took part in the BCM competition.

The BeChangeMaker initiative
The BeChangeMaker initiative was developed by the HP Foundation and WorldSkills International to inspire young people aged 18-30 to use their skills to solve a real world problem, and to increase their awareness of social entrepreneurship as a career option.

The HP Foundation’s free online skills training program, HP LIFE, was a key resource for the participants. HP LIFE offers access to 27 free courses in seven languages, including courses on social entrepreneurship and design thinking, that help young people develop the knowledge and skills they need to start, grow, and run a successful business.

Through the combination of online HP LIFE courses, virtual mentorship, webinars, and online pitch competitions, BCM participants were encouraged to learn about social issues using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals framework and to use their knowledge to identify social issues in their communities, design solutions and social venture ideas, and test scalability.

Seventeen HP experts served as mentors supporting the teams through the competition stages as they refined, explained and defended their ideas.  HP employees also served as judges for the pitch competition along with representatives from WorldSkills and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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