More than 160 teams from all over the world entered BeChangeMaker 2018, an online social entrepreneurship training competition created by WorldSkills International and the HP Foundation.
The top five teams have now been selected and are heading to the WorldSkills General Assembly in Amsterdam for the final live pitch competition where three winners will be selected. Watch the pitches live on the WorldSkills Facebook page on 17 October.
The three successful teams will receive EUR 1,000 and support for a further three months to help turn their business idea into reality.
BeChangeMaker offers young people a chance to develop their potential and ideas as social entrepreneurs. The teams take HP LIFE courses, receive coaching, tools, and a mentor to help them develop a viable business model to solve a social issue.
“All the teams want to use their skills to help other people while developing the career of a lifetime. We are seeing teams that had no entrepreneurial skills making significant progress. Teams that have not made the final cut can still benefit from the training content the program offers,” said Grace Lung, Partnership and Projects Manager for WorldSkills.
The five teams competing in the final:
Denmark: LuLu Lab is using technology and gaming to offer important sexual and reproductive education for girls and boys in Africa.
India: Ripple wants to improve access to clean water and create better public health.
Lebanon: Moubarmji seeks to create quality online technical education in Arabic.
Syria: Sirius is creating an innovative glove that translates sign language into spoken and written Arabic language.
Taiwan: Uroborus is creating an online marketplace where farmers in Taiwan can sell rice straw and other farm waste to buyers who can turn that waste into biogas and other products.
Do you have a great idea to solve a social issue? Join us for the BeChangeMaker 2019 social entrepreneurship competition. Watch out for the BeChangeMaker call for applications on WorldSkills and HP LIFE sites and social media.