BeChangeMaker 2018: The top 3 teams are ready to change the world

One hundred and sixty-six teams from 31 countries around the world entered BeChangeMaker 2018 with ideas for social ventures to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues.

BeChangeMaker is an online social entrepreneurship training competition created by WorldSkills and the HP Foundation. It offers people ages 18–35 a chance to develop their potential as social entrepreneurs. Teams take HP LIFE courses and receive support—including coaching, tools, and mentorship—to help them develop a viable business model to solve a social issue, using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as a framework.

After three months of intensive preparation, teams Uroboros (Guatemala), Ripple (India), and Sirius (Syria) were announced as the overall winners at an exciting final pitch competition during the WorldSkills General Assembly in Amsterdam.

The teams will each receive EUR 1,000 seed funding, as well as support from business incubators to further develop their projects.

Executive Director of the HP Foundation Debby McIsaac said, “Getting young people excited about social entrepreneurship and convinced it’s a viable career option is key to driving positive social change. 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.”

Seventeen HP employees served as volunteer mentors in the competition, using their skills to provide support and guidance to the teams as they progressed.

Yves Cabanac, who is based in HP Palo Alto, mentored Team Ripple. “The BeChangeMaker program is a fantastic opportunity to give back and have real impact,” he said. “It was extremely rewarding to use my business experience to help the team take its initial concept and develop it into a workable business model.”

Winning teams target food production, clean water, and inclusion

Team Uroboros from Guatemala
Business idea: Connect farmers and businesses to drive more sustainable farming and to foster a circular economy.

Team Ripple from India
Business idea: Transform the way people use and save water in their community.

Team Sirius from Syria
Business idea: Create an innovative glove to translate sign language into written and spoken Arabic.