Cultivating Innovation: Solutions for Rural Communities
With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ashoka's Change makers has launched "Cultivating Innovation: Solutions for Rural Communities," a new collaborative competition designed to find innovative solutions that help to improve the quality of life in rural and farming communities.
The competition is open to all types of organizations (charitable
organizations, private companies, or public entities) from all
Change makers will consider all entries that demonstrate system changing solutions in agriculture and in the lives
of rural citizens in sub-Saharan Africa, India, and around the
Entries must indicate growth beyond the stage of idea, concept, or research.
At a minimum, entries should be at the demonstration stage and indicate success.
The judges are only able to evaluate programs that are beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated a proof of impact, even at small scale.
The winners of the competition will be those entries that best
demonstrate innovation, social impact, potential for replication,
Entries may be submitted in English, Spanish, French, or Portu-
Online submissions will be accepted until May 13th.
At any time before this deadline, competition participants are
encouraged to revise their entries based on questions and comments they receive in the Change makers community online discussion.
A panel of judges will select ten to fifteen finalists, and the Change makers community will then vote online to select
three awardees to each receive a cash prize of $5,000.
For more information and application, visit: Cultivating Innovation: Solutions for Rural Communities