Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Be A Changemaker and win a 100, 000 pesos grant for your campaign

February 24, Romulo Cafe, Quezon City - The British Council in partnership with Starbucks Coffee Philippines, and in collaboration with Social Enterprise Development Partnership Inc. (SEPDI) and the Ateneo de Manila University launches the 2nd I am a Changemaker competition that will brings out the social responsibility to the Filipinos. Present in the launching are Amanda Burrell, Director of British Council to the Philippines, Zara Perez, Global Responsibility Officer for Starbucks Philippines, Edwin Salonga, Chief Executive Officer, SEPDI and Rusty Quintana of Diri Husi (I am a Changemaker winner last year).

Burrell encourages everyone to be a social catalyst in bringing solution to society and create a enterprise plan that will benefit a community especially those who are directly affected by the problem. I am a Changemaker competition is open to individual or group of Filipino citizen 16-28 years old with no criminal case on court or record and non profit based organization not funded by any public or private group. Each group should submit only one enterprise proposal that will indicate the social problem and how to address it, the plan should also contain financial viability than can be achieved, and if its for profit or not. The proposal must not be entered on behalf of any non profit, private company or a local government unit and it the business plan should not have won or entered any competition. All enterprise proposal must be written in English in the format assigned by the British Council and to be submitted on or before April 15, 5PM.

There will be four winners of the 100,000 Pesos (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR) and winners will be undergo business and marketing training with the help of SEDPI. Aside from the four winners Starbucks Philippines will be giving another 100,000 Pesos for finalist who will meet the special criteria set by them. According to Zara the proposal they will be looking is a business plan that will help the coffee industry in the country.

In our exclusive conversation Burrell mention that she is looking forward for a good proposal this year like what the British Council has last year. She said that she is confident that entries for the 2nd I am a Changemaker, like last year will give solutions on social issues like poverty, education and health. The project brings out the social responsibility and brings out concerns among the people to his and her community. Aside from the Philippines other countries is doing the I am a Changemaker competition. She is hoping that all the entries should identify the problem and give solutions that will benefit the society. Watch the full interview of Amanda Burrell below:

Before the awarding on May 28 and the training that follow immediately, there will be series of elimination rounds which includes long listing the submission of entries, short listing or choosing the finalist and final presentation or the winners. In the short list selected finalist is required to submit a three minute video pitch to present their concept to the judges and all finalist will undergo 4-day training on SEDPI preparing them for the final presentation.In the final presentation additional details will be send to the finalist including 20 minute presentation of the social enterprise venture plan , followed by a 10- minute question and answer with the judge. But only 2 members from each team can participate in the presentation of the social enterprise venture plan.

The criteria for judging in all the elimination rounds overall concept that covers originality, implementing plans and timetables and measurement of its viability. Second, community impact, the reach, depth and quality of impact to the indicated social problem in proposal and its relevance to the target community. Third, sustainability, the opportunity and the potential of having project partners, additional funding, growth of the project and achieving the goal in the future. Forth, management team, its all teamwork, how teams work together, training and presentation performance plays a vital role on their achievement if they can lead and execute their proposal in case they won. Fifth, Risk Assessment and contingency plans, it is important to know possible problems that teams will be encountering once they won the grant and implement it, risk and possible problems must be identified along with the assessment of the environment of the community they are planning to execute the project and create other plans to solve the possible problem. And lastly, market all business proposals must undergo SWOT analysis to see how will the project works on actual competition along with the market plan and market assessment.

Deadline of entries must be submitted on or before April 30, 5PM. All entries must be emailed at
changemaker@britishcouncil.org.ph in a Microsoft Word 2003 or PDF format (on A4 paper size). For files exceeding 5 MB you can send your entries saved on CD and enclose it a brown envelop and mail it to I Am a Changemaker c/o British Council Philippines., 10 floor, The Taipan Place, F. Ortigas JR. Road Ortigas Center1605 Pasig City. Entries should include the application form and a social enterprise venture proposal that will not exceed 30 pages, single spaced, 12-point font, with one-inch margin and include 2 page curriculum vitae/resume of each team members. For more information and inquiries send your email at changemaker@britishcouncil.org.ph. Download application form at Britishcouncil.org.ph.

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