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Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition

Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition

Organised By:Changemajers
Ashoka’s Youth Venture and Changemakers sponsored by Staples, Inc

Key Dates:
Deadline for entering the event: October 15, 2008
Voting Begins on October 30, 2008
Annoucement of Winners: November 12, 2008

For Whom:
The competition is open to all young individuals between the ages of 12-24 and all previously awarded Youth Venture teams.

About Changemakers:
Changemakers is an initiative of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public that focuses on the rapidly growing world of social innovation. It provides solutions and resources needed to help everyone become a changemaker and presents compelling stories that explore the fundamental principles of successful social innovation around the world.

Staples, Inc is proud to partner with Ashoka’s Youth Venture and Changemakers to sponsor the “Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition” – a global search for the most creative and inspiring ways young people are changing our world. This competition is a rare opportunity to shine the light on Ashoka’s global community of young changemakers and what they have accomplished, and to invite more young people to join.

Its a great opportunity to you to add your voice, share your success and contribute your ideas. The best entries will receive prizes and/or funding to launch or advance your projects.

General Criteria for the ideas OR projects:

  • Idea or project reflects the theme of the competition: “Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition.” The goal of the competition is to identify innovative solutions that young people are using to make life easier for others. Entries are accepted from young people in all countries.
  • Ideas show strong potential for significant or meaningful impact. Projects show potential as well as demonstrated impact.
  • Entry form is completed and submitted before the deadline.
  • Entries are submitted in English, Spanish, Portuguese or French.


  • Staples Prize – Trip to Boston, USA and/or $5,000 of products
  • Global Prize – Trip to USA to attend the next Youth Venture Summit
  • Seed Grants – Up to US$1,000
  • Nike Awards – US$1,000
  • MTV International – Documentary Profile

For more details on the Competition Guidelines visit here.
For Competition Homepage visit here.

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