March 30, 2021
A solution to provide STEM and social entrepreneurship education for kids. An idea for using nanobubble technology to reduce environmental pollution. A system to make it easier for diabetes sufferers to manage their symptoms. All amazing ideas for socially responsible businesses. All conceived and developed by previous BeChangeMaker winners.
BeChangeMaker is a virtual social entrepreneurship training program created by WorldSkills International and the HP Foundation. It offers people ages 18–35 a chance to develop their potential as social entrepreneurs.
Working in teams, participants take HP LIFE courses and receive support—including coaching, tools, and mentorship from HP business experts—to help them develop a viable business model to solve a social issue using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as a framework.
At the end of the program, five teams will be chosen to pitch their business ideas at a virtual final. Judges will select three teams to receive €2,000 in funding and all five teams will received customized coaching worth €1,000 to develop their businesses further.
“BeChangeMaker has been an amazing journey. It was the perfect support for a new venture and has accelerated our project timelines far ahead of what we anticipated. As we move ahead with development, the technical and management outlines given to us by the mentors, and the HP LIFE courses, will guide our process.”-BeChangeMaker 2020 winner, Team EZDiabetes (France, India, US)
Apply to BeChangeMaker and make an impact in the world
Last year, a record-breaking 475 teams from 82 countries applied to join the global BeChangeMaker program and 315 teams from 42 countries applied to join BeChangeMaker Africa. For the 30 teams who make it through the initial selection round, the program is an invaluable learning experience giving them the skills, tools, and resources they need to move forward with their social business ideas—whether or not they make it to the final.
Everyone can have a good idea, but BeChangeMaker has helped me become more than just a dreamer.
What seemed like just an idea a few months ago is now a valid business for us to keep growing and keep learning.
If you’ve got an amazing idea for a socially responsible business and you’re passionate about making the world a better place, the BeChangeMaker program could be just what you need to get your idea off the ground. Applications for the 2021 program are being accepted now through 4 June. Click here to find out more and apply.