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Opportunities & Events: May and Beyond

Lisa Jones | April 28, 2014

As we near the half-way point of 2014, it's the perfect time to re-focus on achieving your professional goals. Deadlines are approaching fast for many annual awards and fellowships. Browse the below list of opportunities and events for young social entrepreneurs and apply to one today!


40 Chances Fellowship
Howard G. Buffett Foundation
Deadline: May 31, 2014

The 40 Chances Fellows program will fund four Fellows ages 18-39 with the most innovative social enterprise plans that use strategies built on the principles of 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World.  These social enterprises must seek to address issues of hunger, conflict, or poverty and may be established in any one of the following four countries where the Africa Governance Initiative has a strong presence: Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Malawi. Each Fellow will receive $80,000 in start-up funds and $70,000 for living and transportation expenses (a total of $150,000) for one year. Learn more.

Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition
Goi Peace Foundation
Deadline: June 30, 2014

The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an international contest launched by The Goi Peace Foundation, Stiftung Entrepreneurship (Berlin) and UNESCO. The competition is open to changemakers ages 15-30 with categories for both existing projects and innovative ideas. All participants will receive free training at the online Entrepreneurship Campus. Winners will be honored at the Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin in October 2014. 

The Social Entrepreneur of the Year Competition
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
Deadline: July 15, 2014
The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is searching for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Selected applicants will be invited to the regional meetings of the World Economic Forum which are relevant to their work. Excellent finalists or winners under 40 will also be nominated to the Young Global Leaders network of the World Economic Forum. World-class social entrepreneurs will be invited to join the global social entrepreneur community, which includes the possibility to be invited to the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos and to contribute to the Global Agenda Councils of the Forum.

Learning For Impact Courses
School For Change
Deadline: Rolling

Co-founded by YouthActionNet Fellow Jessica Lax, School For Change is an online school for changemakers, providing useful content that's ready when you are. The growing course catalog includes Crowdfunding, Social Media, Blended Value Business Models, Social Entrepreneurship, Careers That Matter, and DIY Professional Development.  Courses start at just $20. Click here to register for a course.

Omraan Start-Up Competition
Oasis 500
Deadline: Rolling

Omraan, meaning “building” in Arabic, aims to identify and reward aspiring entrepreneurs who are creating promising technologies that tackle urban challenges. Omraan’s mission is to nurture the most creative and forward-thinking technology start-ups from across the globe and develop their ideas into concrete projects in Middle Eastern cities, for the benefit of cities worldwide. Oasis500, the MENA region’s foremost incubator, will reward winning ideas with US$30,000 worth of seed funding and a 100-day acceleration program in Amman, Jordan. Learn more.


Dating Tips for Social Entrepreneurs – Finding the Right Partners and Investors
May  8, 2014
Online Webinar

Join this webinar to discover a successful young entrepreneur’s secrets to pursuing relationships with partners and investors, making effective 'cold calls,’ and finding your niche within the market. Reese Fernandez-Ruiz will share her experiences in building partnerships by staying market-focused. As co-founder and CEO of Rags2Riches, a producer of eco-ethical fashion and accessories in the Philippines, Reese has successfully engaged the likes of specialty retailer Anthropologie, Vogue magazine, and LGT Venture Philanthropy using her winning strategies. Limited space available; register today.

Leadership for a Better World Global Summit
June 17-18, 2014
Madison, WI, USA

Join other innovators at the inaugural Leadership for a Better World Global Summit. This is not your ordinary Summit—it is hands-on as you gain new skills and knowledge through mini workshops that can be applied immediately upon your return to your organization and community, and it connects leadership with organizational and community well-being by engaging speakers from diverse fields and diverse regions who share what’s worked and what hasn’t. Preview the schedule and register today.

Global Development Network Annual Conference
June 18-20, 2014
Accra, Ghana

GDN’s flagship event is its three-day Annual Global Development Conference held in different countries, each year, across the globe. These conferences aim to connect developing countries' researchers and students with the world’s most influential researchers, corporate leaders, and political figures on a common platform where they can interact with each other, share research, and discuss the most pressing challenges in social and economic development. The defining features of the GDN conference are the empowerment of researchers in developing countries, the strengthening of research skills, and the mobilization of research for public policy. Learn more.

Poverty Alleviation Un-Conference
October 12-17, 2014
Ixtapa, Mexico

This four-day problem-solving, strategic retreat is for nonprofit leaders, for-profit social entrepreneurs, grant-makers, and impact investors engaged in economic justice enterprises. On World Poverty Day, break down the silos of unproductive competition and go beyond the boundaries of conventional poverty alleviation. The gathering leverages resources, shares innovations, enlists allies, builds coalitions, and creates force multipliers. Learn more.

PopTech 2014
October 24-25, 2014
Camden, NJ, USA

The PopTech conference is a celebration for the intellectually engaged. Participants will meet an eclectic network of industry leaders and one-of-a-kind innovators bound together by an intense curiosity about the forces shaping our future. The content of the conference is as diverse as the network itself – presentations range from the nature of disruptive innovation to the economics of human happiness; from the future of deep space exploration to new approaches to environmental stewardship. In the words of one participant, PopTech provides powerful “optics on the future.” Register now for PopTech 2014.