The World Bank is calling all young social entrepreneurs to submit an innovative idea that contributes to building human capital, the greatest asset of economies globally.
Unleashing the power of human capital to ensure that individuals – at all stages of life – are well-equipped to fully realize their potential and shape their own paths is one of the most complex and pressing challenges of our time. Everybody has a role to play – governments, international organizations, non-profits, local communities, and individuals – but no one is better placed than young people themselves to identify, innovate, and overcome the obstacles faced in an era of fast-paced, technology-driven change.
The purpose of this competition is to challenge young people to solve problems that i) enhance the foundations of human capital by addressing challenges related to childhood education, health, and nutrition; and/or ii) cultivate the skills, knowledge, and well-being of adults in order to improve the capacity of individuals to reach their full potential in an uncertain future.
The competition provides a forum for young people to identify problems in their communities related to the two pillars of human capital and craft their own innovative solutions. In doing so, it aims to inspire, stimulate entrepreneurial problem solving, and create dialogue on innovative ways to unlock obstacles that have traditionally hindered investment in the potential and quality of life of individuals.
Location: Online, United States
BenefitsThe Youth Summit 2018 Competition gives you the opportunity to share your idea, connect with peers and high-level experts, and explore how to bring your idea to the next level.Finalists will join the Youth Summit 2018, taking place at the World Bank Group Headquarters, Washington DC.The Youth Summit will cover all travel expenses and lodging in Washington DC for up to three nights for one representative from each finalist team.
EligibilitiesPrior entrepreneurial experience or business background is not required – all individuals with the drive to innovate are encouraged to participate, including professionals from business or policy, students and academics, NGO leaders, government officials and start-up founders.To share your idea and enter the Youth Summit 2018 Competition, you shall:Make sure that you/your team meets the Eligibility Requirements:The Competition is open to individuals or teams of 1-4 people, aged 18 to 35 inclusive as of 11:59 pm EST on 5 October 2018.Teams and individuals are limited to one submission each.The Competition is open to nationals of ALL countries of the world.Active (at the time of the submission up until the closing of the Youth Summit 2018) staff of the World Bank Group, including Consultants and Interns, are not eligible to participate in the CompetitionPrepare a proposal that outlines your idea, according to the following Submission Rules:Proposals must be created by and owned by the Participants.Proposals must be submitted in English.Proposals shall provide an innovative and action-oriented business-level or policy-level idea that enhances human capital and complies with the following criteria:The problem/need and the proposed solution outlined in the Proposals must relate to at least one of the subthemes outlined above.Should apply to a least one client country of the World Bank GroupProposals must (a) provide a short 2-5 sentence summary of the idea, (b) describe the specific problem/need that the proposed solution seeks to address, and (c) describe the innovation or solution proposed to address this specific problem/need (e.g., a product, service, program, policy, course, initiative, etc.).Proposals will be judged based on the following Judging Criteria: (1) Clarity, scope and relevance of the problem and of the proposed solution; (
Deadline : October 5 2018