Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Skoll Foundation’s Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

The Skoll Foundation’s Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship provides a core support grant given over a period of three years and a noncash award to the social entrepreneur presented at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.

Qualifying organizations will be evaluated against the following criteria:
        Impact potential: Organization’s innovation is positioned to directly affect policy, behavior and/or infrastructure/system(s) on a large scale and can show evidence of significant impact already achieved.

        Inflection: Organization has an proven approach that has already been implemented with success and is now ready to apply the approach on a much larger scale.

        Innovation: Organization has an approach that fundamentally disrupts the status quo to solve social and/or environmental problems.

        Issue: Organization works on an issue that is identified by the Skoll Foundation as one of world’s most pressing problems.

        Skoll leverage: Organization will benefit from engaging with Skoll Foundation beyond a purely funding relationship, such as collaboration with our network of entrepreneurs or access to media opportunities.

        Social entrepreneur: Organization is led by a visionary social entrepreneur
        Sustainability: Organization has a clear, compelling plan for expanding impact and achieving long-term financial and operational sustainability.

Skoll Award recipients typically exhibit many of the following characteristics:
        Led by a visionary, effective social entrepreneur serving as a spokesperson for their issue
        Strong leadership team and board
        Clear mission and implementation model
        Unwavering focus on mission
        Well-established, strong partnerships
        Commitment to systems, including those for measurement and learning
        Diversified and mission-aligned funding sources

Focus Issue Areas:
        Economic and Social Equity including: Access to Capital and Markets, Economic Opportunity/Job Creation, Education, Women and Girls, Youth Development

        Environmental Sustainability including: Climate Change, Deforestation, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Capital Markets, Water Scarcity,

        Health Including: Clean Water and Sanitation, Healthcare Access
        Institutional Responsibility
        Peace and Security
        Tolerance, Justice and Human Rights

The deadline to submit applications is 27 April 2011. For more information, visit this link.

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