Do you have an idea for the Social Impact Award?

How can I participate in the Social Impact Award?

There are three ways in which you can participate:

  1. Participate in our free workshops which are taking place in Geneva, Lausanne, Bern & Zurich.
  2. Submit your idea to the competition. The application deadline is June 17, 2018!
  3. Give feedback to others’ ideas by commenting them and voting for them on our online challenge platform from the 1st of September!

What if I don’t have an idea?

No worries, we can help you with that!!! Just join one of our free Workshops 

Which projects can I submit?

  • The topics can range from poverty alleviation to health through to education and environment… but they must solve a social problem!
  • The project can be only in the conceptual phase or already in the implementation phase (foundation max. 2 years ago)
  • Social goals should be clearly prioritized over financial profit
  • Legal form is not decisive
  • Find here the detailed submission guidelines: Submission Guidelines – Social Impact Award Switzerland PDF

Requirements to apply

  • Participants must be between 14 and 35 years old
  • Projects should not have received more than 3’500 CHF
  • Foundation not longer than 2 years ago (Idea phase)

Selection Criteria

  • Social Impact
  • Degree of innovation
  • Feasibility

Formal criteria for application

Applications to the Social Impact Award Switzerland 2018 must be submitted in English via our online platform. The submission form for the Social Impact Award Switzerland 2017 must be filled out and the following documents must be uploaded:

1)  Project documents

The project documents should describe and present the submitted project or idea. They are open in format and can, therefore, consist of texts, concept papers, pictures, videos, PowerPoint presentations, etc. or a combination of these – you choose the format you want to communicate in.

These project documents are the basis of evaluation. Therefore, a person evaluating your project should be able to easily understand which social problem you are solving and in what way you are planning to do so. For a comprehensible presentation, it often helps to assume that the receiver has no previous knowledge at all. Please bear in mind that the jury can only take limited time to evaluate your project, making a structured and comprehensible application essential.

2)  Project summary (length: 1 A4 page)

A valid application has to include a project summary of max. one A4 page. The summary should, therefore, describe the submitted project in a short and concise manner. This summary can be thought of as an executive summary of a project plan that highlights the essential parts of the submitted project idea.

To apply to the Social Impact Award Switzerland 2018, please submit your project and all the required documents by June 17, 2018, at 23:59 at the latest.


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