British Council #IdeasChangeLives is the global innovation challenge to invent digital solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. British Council is looking for people with entrepreneurial spirit, and fresh innovative ideas that has the potential to make a positive impact on communities across the world.
The winning pitch will get £20,000 to invest in their idea, as well as mentorship and support from the British Council for a full year.
#IdeasChangeLives Focus for 2019
This year, the British Council is looking for ideas that will help acheive any or all of the targets within one of the three Global Goals for Sustainable Development below:
Goal 4: Quality education
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Goal 5: Gender equality
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
The competition is open to anyone and everyone across the world. You can choose to apply as an individual or an organization.
British Council accepts ‘early-stage’ applications, meaning you don’t necessarily need a working prototype when you make your application.
You don’t need to be working in the digital or technology sector to apply.
To help, the British Council recommends thinking carefully about the following before you apply:
The need your idea addresses – Be clear about which one of The Global Goals you are focusing on and the problem your idea could help to solve.
How people will benefit – You should be able to convince the council why your idea matters to the people it is designed for and how it has the potential to positively impact thousands of lives.
Why it’s compelling – The council needs to feel that you really care about making a difference so you must tell the story behind your idea.
The competition – Prove you have a clear understanding and awareness of any competitors who may be working on similar products and why show why your idea is different.
The tools and resources needed to turn it into a product – It doesn’t matter if you haven’t worked with technology before. What does matter is a clear understanding of how your idea will work in the real world.
1. Funding to get your idea off the ground
£20,000 in prize money to develop your product, no matter what stage you’re at.
2. Support to help you succeed
British Council team of digital experts will help you to develop your idea at your own pace. You will also have the opportunity to connect with others and develop further partnerships through access to global networks, events and sector expertise.
The competition will close on 10 January 2020.
The shortlisted applicants will be announced in February 2020. They will be asked to make a short video and develop a business model to showcase their idea.
In March 2020, the finalists will be announced, who will then be further interviewed by the panel of judges. The panel will be made up of industry experts and representatives from the British Council’s Digital, Partnerships and Innovation team.
Competition winners will be announced in March 2020.
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for the British Council #IdeasChangeLives Global Innovation Challenge 2019, kindly visit the link below;
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020.