15 March 2022
BeChangeMaker Global 2022 has launched! The exciting training program from WorldSkills International and the HP Foundation offers ambitious people all over the world the opportunity to improve their skills and turn their entrepreneurial ideas into viable social businesses.
Applications are open now through 3 June after which 30 teams will be chosen to take part in the three-month program, receiving access to coaching, tools, and resources including the HP Foundation’s free online IT and business skills training program, HP LIFE, that will enable them to develop their ideas and get their businesses off the ground.
Dedicated support is also provided by HP business experts who serve as mentors, sharing their insight and expertise with the teams as they work towards October’s final and the chance to receive funding and further support for their fledgling enterprises.
What to expect from BeChangeMaker Global
High-quality learning content on HP LIFE
Effective tools and technology for startups
Mentoring from HP business experts
Connection to a diverse global support network
Last year, nearly 900 teams from 88 countries applied to take part in BeChangeMaker Global and BeChangeMaker Africa, its regional counterpart, with business ideas addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues including modernizing healthcare processes, tackling food waste, and improving diversity and inclusion for underrepresented communities.
Team VaxiGlobal, who won BeChangeMaker Global 2021 with their idea for a digital vaccination certification system to counter vaccination fraud in Africa, are passionate about the impact the program can have. Here they share how BeChangeMaker Global made the difference for their business and invite you to take part if you want to make the world a better place.
Applications for the 2022 program are being accepted now through 3 June. Click here to find out more and get started.
About HP LIFE
HP LIFE is a program of the HP Foundation. It is available online, offline, and in person (where safe to do so) offering more than 30 courses in eight languages for students, entrepreneurs, and lifelong learners all over the world. It is also an adaptable educational resource used on the ground by trainers, educators, and mentors to enrich curricula, support business creation, and improve employability skills.
About BeChangeMaker Global
BeChangeMaker Global 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 are chosen to pitch their business ideas at a virtual final where three teams are selected to receive €2,000 in funding. In addition, all five teams receive customized coaching worth €1,000 to develop their businesses further.