Opportunities of the Week

Classes are wrapping up here in Oxford and term break is fast approaching.  However there are several opportunities happening in the next few weeks.  Please see if any of the below are of interest to you and have a wonderful new year!


Have you heard about the FinCapDev Competition? It’s a mobile app development challenge where folks (perhaps you!?!?) will build – yes actually, build – a mobile app that will help improve the way people manage their personal finances. And FinCapDev partners are providing all sorts of resources to make that happen including exclusive mentorship from financial and technology industry pros, software development kits, up to $10,000 in startup stipend cash, and more. And did we mention there’s a $100,000 prize purse? Proposals are due 12 December 2012. Get started here.

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Have an idea for a solution or product geared towards improving basic services in developing countries?  Then check out the empowering people award competition here.  First prize is 50k Euros and the deadline to apply is 31 December.

The Economist-InnoCentive Entrepreneurship Challenge
The Economist and InnoCentive, a pioneer in open innovation, crowdsourcing, and prize competitions, are teaming up to identify business ideas that will deliver real-world impact and economic growth to people around the world by exploiting some disruptive new technology or disruptive applications of an existing technology in the The Economist-InnoCentive Entrepreneurship Challenge.  Deadline to apply: 5 January.

Social Impact Media Awards
The Social Impact Media Awards are now accepting submissions. Documentary films “that will increase the awareness of viewers to global injustices, to the resilience of humans facing depravation, to the politics of international aid, and to efforts and agents of change in developing nations” as well as short educational videos which highlight “how aid works” are welcome to apply. Find out more here.

Pitch for Change: A Competition about Ideas for Social Impact
Do you have an idea for a nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid organization that could make a significant social impact?  Are you interested in getting feedback on your idea and winning prizes to help develop it?  Whatever your idea may be, take this opportunity to develop it and enter Pitch for Change! Round 2 Deadline: 20 January.

CleanTech Challenge 2013
Stage 1 Deadline: 27 January
The CleanTech Challenge is a competition through which students can bring innovative clean technology ideas from the concept phase to a stage in which they could realistically expect to attract ‘Series A’ funding or be self-sustainable. For stage 1 entry, students, as individuals or teams, submit a 200-word description of their clean technology business idea. Learn more here.