#IdeasChangeLives is British Council’s global innovation challenge to find digital solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems.
British Council is looking for people with a fresh, entrepreneurial spirit and a big idea that has the potential to make a positive impact for communities across the globe.
The winning pitch will get £20,000 to invest in their idea, as well as mentorship and support from the British Council for a full year.
This year, British Coucil is looking for ideas to help them meet any or all of the targets within one of the three Global Goals for Sustainable Development below:
Goal 4: Quality education
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Goal 5: Gender equality
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
The British Council will support the winners of this challenge with the following:
Funding to get your idea off the ground
£20,000 in prize money to develop your product, no matter what stage you’re at.
Support to help you succeed
Our team of digital experts will help you to develop your idea at your own pace. We’ll give you the opportunity to connect with others and develop further partnerships through access to global networks, events and sector expertise.
Mentorship for a full year
We tailor our support to suit you. You’ll get access to on-going mentorship from the British Council plus advice from subject matter experts on how to potentially grow and scale-up your idea.
- The competition is open to anyone and everyone across the world. You can choose to apply as an individual or an organisation.
- British Council accept ‘early stage’ applications, meaning you don’t necessarily need a working prototype when you make your application.
- You don’t need to be working in the digital or technology sector to apply.
- British Council seeks for thoughtful, creative and unusual digital solutions. So, even if you only have the very seed of an idea, as long as you have given it real thought, applications are encouraged.
To help, it is recommended that Applicants think carefully about the following before you apply:
The need your idea addresses – be clear about which one of The Global Goals you are focusing on and the problem your idea could help to solve.
How people will benefit – tell British Council why your idea matters to the people it is designed for and how it has the potential to positively impact thousands of lives.
Why it’s compelling – British Council need to feel that you really care about making a difference so tell us the story behind your idea.
The competition – show British Council you have a clear understanding and awareness of any competitors who may be working on similar products and tell us why your idea is different.
The tools and resources needed to turn it into a product – it doesn’t matter if you haven’t worked with technology before. What does matter is a clear understanding of how your idea will work in the real world.
How To Participate:
Registrations for this challenge is carried out online.
In February 2020, British Council will announce the shortlisted applicants. Shortlisted Applicants will be asked to make a short video and develop a business model to showcase their idea.
In March 2020, finalists will be announced and then be interviewed by the British Council judging panel. The panel will be made up of industry experts and representatives from the British Council’s Digital, Partnerships and Innovation team.
Competition winners will be announced in March 2020.
Deadline: 10th January 2020