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Forbes Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition

The largest-ever competition for young social entrepreneurs, funding those disruptive and scalable ideas that address global challenges. Read Overview...
Overview

 

The Challenge

 

The Forbes Under 30 $1 Million Change the World Competition is the largest ever for young social entrepreneurs.

Six finalists, selected from the complete pool of competitors, will receive a cash award of $100,000 USD. They will then compete on-stage at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia on October 6, 2015 in front of 2,000 world-class mentors and the best young entrepreneurs and game-changers in the world, as culled from the Forbes 30 Under 30 lists.  

The overall winner will receive at least $400,000 USD in additional cash and in-kind support, bringing their award total to at least $500,000 USD, and the overall award total to $1,000,000 USD.

The competition calls on social entrepreneurs with disruptive and scalable ideas with the potential to change the world. It is open to both nonprofit and for-profit enterprises. This is not a business plan competition – organizations or companies must already be in operation and the prize money should be utilized to accelerate the most promising ideas.

All submissions must be submitted on HeroX.com. The finalists will be announced in early September, before competing on the main stage at the Forbes Under 30 Summit on October 6.

These Challenge Guidelines are part of the Challenge Specific Agreement that governs the competition and to which you must agree before making a submission. To view the Challenge Specific Agreement, click on "Submit an Entry."

 

Submission Requirements

 

The competition submission consists of under 30 questions that require you to complete short answers, upload documents, and create short videos. Click on “Submit Entry” to register for the competition and to view and to complete the submission form.

 

We encourage you to register for the competition as soon as possible and to make note of all submission requirements. We also suggest that you compile all components of the submission offline and then login to HeroX.com to upload and copy/paste your answers.

 

The submission deadline is August 26, 2015 at 11:59PM Eastern Time. No late entries will be accepted. Please plan ahead; to avoid any technical issues with your browser do not submit during the last few minutes.

 

Applicants who make the first cut-off will be asked for follow-up information; telephone interviews may be requested. Finalists will be notified by September 9 and must be able to travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from October 5-6, 2015 for the Forbes Under 30 Summit. A full-pass to the Summit will be provided; finalists are responsible for their own travel expenses. International applicants need to be mindful of visa and other logistics issues.

 

The finalists will be notified by email on or around 12:00 noon ET on September 9, 2015. The challenge partners will make a maximum of three attempts to contact each finalist. If a finalist is unreachable during the 48-hour period in which challenge partners attempt to make contact, or if he or she does not comply with this SCA, an alternate finalist may be selected from other eligible Submissions.  

 

 

Judging Criteria

 

True to the competition’s name, this challenge seeks innovative models that attack big problems with solutions that are scalable. The competition is looking for exceptional teams executing bold ideas with the potential to make a huge impact. Judges are looking for solutions in the areas of education, extreme poverty, sustainability, global health and any other number of other social problems.

 

 

Prizes

 

The challenge will award a total of $1,000,000 USD in cash and in-kind prizes. The awards and/or investments will come from the following Sponsoring Organizations: The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Case Foundation, the Pratt Foundation, the Keywell Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation and entrepreneur Bob Duggan, plus an in-kind advertising grant from Forbes.

 

  • Six $100,000 USD prizes (or equivalent); and

  • One $400,000 USD prize (or equivalent) to the overall winner

  • Finalists will be invited to participate in the Under 30 Impact Lab – an afternoon during which the attendees at the Under 30 Summit will work with challenge finalists to help them solve problems and accelerate their growth.

 

Nonprofit prizes:

Nonprofits will receive their cash award in the form of a grant or other charitable commitment (subject to the terms and conditions of the respective sponsoring organizations).

 

For-profit prizes:

For-profit companies will receive their cash award in the form of an investment, in the form of equity at the same valuation and on the same terms as their current or previous funding round, or if no funding round is underway, in the form of a convertible note. The investment will be completed no later than 60 days following the announcement of the winner.

 

In-kind prizes:

In-kind awards, as part of the grand prize, will be given to the company outright, without any equity consideration.

 

 

Challenge Schedule

 

Date

Milestone

July 22, 2015

Challenge opens

August 26, 2015

Submissions deadline, 11:59PM Eastern Time

September 17, 2015

Winners of the $100,000 prizes announced

October 6, 2015

Forbes Under 30 Summit and Grand Prize Winner Selected

 

Applicants who make the first cut-off will be asked for follow-up information; telephone interviews may be requested. Finalists will be notified by September 9 and must be able to travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from October 5-6, 2015 for the Forbes Under 30 Summit. A full-pass to the Summit will be provided; finalists are responsible for their own travel expenses. International applicants need to be mindful of visa and other logistics issues.

 

The finalists will be notified by email on or around 12:00 noon ET on September 9, 2015. The challenge partners will make a maximum of three attempts to contact each finalist. If a finalist is unreachable during the 48-hour period in which challenge partners attempt to make contact, or if he or she does not comply with this SCA, an alternate finalist may be selected from other eligible Submissions.   

 

 

Eligibility

The challenge is open to:

  • Active social entrepreneurs who were born after October 6, 1985, who are a founder, co-founder, or top executive of their organization.

  • Applicants from anywhere in the world.

  • Those who are already actively engaged in a social enterprise – this is not a business plan contest, but rather one that will reward and accelerate those entrepreneurs already making a difference.

  • Both nonprofit and for-profit social entrepreneurs – finalists will come from both categories. ​

 

Rules

 

  • All submissions must be completed on HeroX.com and are due on August 26, 2015 by 11:59PM Eastern Time. No late submissions will be accepted.

  • Applicant must be a founder, co-founder, or top executive of his/her organization and must be under 30 years of age. Any applicants born on or before October 6, 1985, will be deemed ineligible.

  • All submissions and any presentation at the Forbes Under 30 Summit must be made in English. Any submissions not submitted in English will be deemed ineligible.

  • Finalists must be available to travel to Philadelphia, PA, USA on October 5-6, 2015 to participate in the Forbes Under 30 Summit.

  • Any ideas submitted by the competitor remain the intellectual property of the competitor.

  • Applications and application will be retained; information and data will be accessed only by competition partners and not sold or shared.

  • Any applications will go through a process of due diligence; any application found to be misrepresentative, plagiarized, or sharing an idea that is not their own will be automatically disqualified.

  • All ineligible applicants will be automatically removed from the competition with no recourse or reimbursement.
  • No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win the competition.

Void wherever restricted or prohibited by law. 

 

What You Can Do To Get Involved

 
  • To compete, login to your HeroX account and click Submit Entry above to register for the competition. You will be notified of any status updates and be able to create an entry to the competition. (If you do not already have a HeroX account, click Join Us at the top of the page.)

  • Click on the Share button or social media icons above to share this competition with your friends, your family, or anyone you know who has a passion for social impact.

  • Leave a comment in our Comments Thread to join the conversation, ask questions or connect with other innovators.

 

The deadline for submissions to the Forbes Under 30 $1 Million Change the World Competition is Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at 11:59PM Eastern Time.

 

Sponsors

The sponsors for the Forbes Under 30 $1 Million Change the World Competition, each of whom will help select and fund the semi-finalists, are as follows:

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (Schusterman) is a global organization that seeks to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people to create positive change. Schusterman pursues its mission by working collaboratively with others to support and operate high-quality education, identity development, leadership training and service programs designed to help young people cultivate their growth as individuals and as leaders. Schusterman's work emphasizes efforts to improve public education in the United States and strengthen the global Jewish community and Israel. For more information, visit schusterman.org.


Established by digital pioneers Jean and Steve Case, the Case Foundation invests in people and ideas that can change the world. For nearly two decades, the Case Foundation has focused on creating programs and investing in people and organizations that harness the best impulses of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and collaboration to address urgent social challenges. Their work is focused on three key pillars: revolutionizing the philanthropic sector, unleashing the power of entrepreneurship to create social change and igniting civic engagement through citizen-driven solutions. For more information, visit casefoundation.org.

The Pratt Foundation, an Australian based philanthropic trust with an international mission, supports a wide range of innovative social justice partnerships in Australia, Asia, the United States, Israel, and Europe. Its priorities include sustainability, food and water security, mental health, family welfare, and education as empowerment. For more information, visit theprattfoundation.org.

The Keywell Foundation is a charitable organization established to support people and organizations that have the possibility to provide lasting impact throughout the world. The foundation seeks to find passionate, risk taking, bold, and courageous social entrepreneurs who are solving hard problems in a variety of areas that enhance human life and provide them with support to amplify their efforts. For more information, visit keywell.org

Robert Duggan attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
He has made a successful career from investing and leading companies. His most recent success came as Chairman and CEO of Pharmacyclics, taking the company from the brink of bankruptcy to a $21 billion dollar merger with AbbVie. For more information, visit robertduggan.com.

Forbes Media is a global media, branding and technology company with a focus on news and information about business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles.  The company publishes Forbes, Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe and ForbesLife magazines as well as Forbes.com and ForbesLife.com. The Forbes brand reaches more than 75 million people worldwide with its business message each month through its magazines and 37 licensed local editions around the globe, Forbes.com, TV, conferences, research, social and mobile platforms. The Forbes magazine iPad app merges print storytelling with social sharing and the Web. Forbes Media’s brand extensions include conferences, real estate, education, financial services and technology license agreements. For more information, visit forbes.com.

 

Additional Sponsor

The following is the funder of the Faith Entrepreneur Prize component of the Forbes Under 30 $1 Million Change the World Competition:

The John Templeton Foundation invests more than $100M per year on new scientific research for the public benefit. We fund scientific pioneers pursuing discoveries on big questions like "what is our purpose?" "how can we benefit others?" “how can we reach our human potentials?” and “what is the nature of the spiritual reality that some people call God?" For more information, visit www.templeton.org. The Echoing Green Foundation is managing the selection of the Faith Entrepreneur Prize.

 

Partners

The partners for the Forbes Under 30 Change-the-World competition are as follows:

Founded in 2013, HeroX exists at the intersection of crowdsourcing, competition and collaboration, using each to drive positive change. A suite of tools and services to help spark and build awareness for new solutions to social and economic challenges, the HeroX incentive prize platform connects funding companies and individuals with problem solvers.

 

Challenge Guidelines are subject to change. Registered competitors will receive notification when changes are made, however, we highly encourage you to visit the Challenge Site often to review updates.

Timeline
Updates 7

Introducing Our Finalists...

Sept. 21, 2015, 10:46 a.m. PDT by Michela Tindera

Thank you all once more for participating in the Forbes Under 30 $1 Million Change the World Competition. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We'd like to take a moment here to announce and congratulate our six finalists:  

Read more about their incredible work here. We will announce an overall winner at the Forbes Under 30 Summit on October 6. 

Regards,

The Forbes Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition Team


Participant Notifications

Sept. 18, 2015, 5:10 p.m. PDT by Michela Tindera

Thank you all again for partaking in the Forbes Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition! All participants who finished an application have been notified of their status by the Forbes team. 

We will announce our six finalists publicly on Monday, Sept. 21.   

Regards,

The Forbes Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition Team


Finalist Announcement Date

Sept. 4, 2015, 1:30 p.m. PDT by Michela Tindera

A little over a week has passed since the application deadline for the Forbes Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition, and the judges are keeping busy reviewing all of your submissions. We wanted to take a moment here to thank you all for participating and submitting applications to this competition. 

We also wanted to let everyone know that we will be announcing our list of six finalists on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Please stay tuned!

Regards,

The Forbes Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition Team


How to Submit Multimedia on Application

Aug. 26, 2015, 12:20 p.m. PDT by Michela Tindera

We’ve seen several questions on our Comments page about submitting photos and videos within the application. Please review this information if you have any questions about this. 

To submit a photo:
The minimum size for the image is 320 pixels wide by 180 pixels high. If your image is too small, you will get an error message when you try to upload it. The error message will say: "Minimum image size is: 320px x 180px. Yours is ???px x ???px" (with "???" being the actual size of your image). If you receive this message, please increase the size of your image and re-upload it.

To submit video:

Please upload your video to a video sharing site, like YouTube, then include the link to watch the video in your application. The blank on the application is only for the link – it is not possible to directly upload your video within the application.  

 

Best of luck with your submissions, which, as a reminder, must be received by August 26, 2015 (today!) at 11:59PM Eastern Time.

 

Regards,

The Forbes Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition Team


Reminder: Submitting Your Final Application

Aug. 24, 2015, 9:56 a.m. PDT by Michela Tindera

As the deadline approaches for the Forbes Under 30 $1 Million Change the World Competition, we’d like to take the time to clarify the submission process. 

In order to officially turn in your final application for judging, please be sure to click the orange “Submit Final Entry” button above your submission.

Please note: If you would like to save your application before you’re ready to submit, you can click the initial "Save Entry" button on the submission form.

Your application will not be submitted for review until you click the orange "Submit Final Entry" button, which will appear above your form after you click "Save Entry." Please keep in mind, however, that in order to save your entry, all required fields must be filled out.

Best of luck with your submissions, which, as a reminder, must be received by August 26, 2015 at 11:59PM Eastern Time.

Regards,

The Forbes Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition Team


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