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Are You Ready to Lead the Change?

Join our global innovation challenge: Together Towards Tomorrow, a collaboration between Ashoka and HSBC, which invites changemakers from around the world with initiatives that unite people across generations to activate young people as leaders. We're on the hunt for innovative solutions that promote equitable collaboration, connecting young minds with their inner purpose. Is your venture centered on a solution that fosters social connections between generations, amplifies youth leadership, and shapes an alternative future? We want to hear from you! 

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Who are we looking for?

 

Enabling youth leadership for social impact:

Solutions that enable young people to take charge, actively identifying their strengths and passions. With this self-awareness, they lead the charge in effecting positive change within their communities.  

 

 

Promoting equitable intergenerational collaboration:

Solutions that promote equity by fostering intergenerational social connections, mutual learning and empathy, ensuring that young people have an equal opportunity to lead and effect change. This inclusive approach allows young people to access the collective wisdom and resources of all generations, amplifying their impact and sustaining their commitment to changemaking.  

 

 

Fostering agency in young people:

Solutions that foster agency among youth by catalyzing them to take ownership of their ideas, actions, and impact. As a result, young individuals develop the confidence and autonomy needed to lead changemaking efforts, ultimately becoming lifelong changemakers.  

 

Timeline

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May 6th 2024

Challenge Launch

June 3rd 2024

Early Entry Deadline

July 1st 2024

Final Entry Deadline

October 3rd 2024

Finalist Announcement

November 21st 2024

Winners Announcement

 

 

 

Prize Packages - Awards and Recognition

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All eligible applicants will receive:
  • Receive feedback from Ashoka and/or HSBC representatives.
  • Have a chance to connect with a community changemakers through this challenge (by providing/receiving feedback, and meeting them through community events).
Early Entry Applicants will receive:
  • Those who get their application in by June 3rd 2024 will have the chance to be selected as Early Entry Winners.
  • All Early Entry Applicants will receive feedback ahead of the final entry deadline.
  • 3 Early Entry Winners will be awarded $1,500 each  
    • Note: Being selected as an early entry winner does not mean that you will be selected as a final challenge winner. 
All semifinalists and finalists will:
  • Get a chance to refine their applications based on feedback from Ashoka, HSBC, and their peers.
  • Have the opportunity to learn from Ashoka, HSBC, and its networks, and have additional learning opportunities as part of the journey.
Winners Awards:

We seek to ensure diverse representation in our winners, covering as many focus areas, ages, and geographic regions as possible. 

Prizes Structure:  

  • Up to 12 winners, will receive a minimum of $15,000 and up to $25,000.  
  • We will select a minimum of 3 winners at Early Stage (0-3 years since registration), and a minimum of 3 winners that are at an Established Stage (3+ years since registration).
  • The top winner in each of these two categories will receive a prize of $25,000.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Participants must meet the following eligibility criteria:  

    Country of Impact

    The "Together, Towards, Tomorrow” Challenge is open to individuals driving impact in Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vietnam.

    Youth Leadership

    Your leadership structure requires at least one member born in 1994 or later, who has held a leadership position for at least 12 months. If your organization is less than one year old, at least one founding member must be born in or after 1994. 

    Language

    Entries must be submitted in English and an Applicant is not allowed to submit more than one application.

    Exclusions

    Employees of HSBC, advertising agencies, promotion agencies and other service providers for this Challenge, their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, regardless of where they reside) are not eligible. 

    Partners or past HSBC challenge winners or initiatives that are already financed or supported by HSBC, its affiliates, subsidiaries or joint ventures are not eligible.

    Additional Criteria

    • Your venture can be at an early-, mid-, or an established stage. 
    • Your initiative must be incorporated (as a non-profit, for-profit, or hybrid organization).  
    • You must be 18 or above at the time of submitting this application.
    • Entries will only be accepted in English (winners will be expected to engage in activities that require English proficiency). 
    • If your solution has not been implemented at scale; you must have a clear business plan and a minimum-viable solution (prototype, pilot, or another proof of concept).
    • Only one application per individual/venture will be accepted.
    • Employees of HSBC, advertising agencies, promotion agencies and other service. providers for this Challenge, their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, regardless of where they reside) are not eligible.
    • Partners or past HSBC challenge winners or initiatives that are already financed or supported by HSBC, its affiliates, subsidiaries or joint ventures are not eligible. 

    Please note that all eligible participants will be required to take part in peer reviews: once the application phase closes, you will each be required to review 5 applications each in order for your application to be considered. 

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      Evaluation Criteria

      Remember, we are looking for innovative and creative ideas at all stages of development, which means your initiative could be in its first year of implementation or a fully baked one! Each of the below 5 criteria will be considered equally in the evaluation of each application. 

      Connection and Commitment:

      Your initiative engages deeply with your community whilst valuing the voices and servicing the needs of young people.  

      Activating Young Changemakers: 

      Your venture enables young leaders to drive meaningful change and create a brighter future.  

      Impact:  

      As a standard working practice, you measure the impact of your initiative whilst prioritizing continuous learning and skill development.  

      Innovation: 

      Your venture actively pushes boundaries and explores new possibilities to address complex challenges.  

      Operational Viability:

      Your organization was created with a focused plan for secure long-term sustainability and adaptability in diverse local contexts. 

      Resources

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      Have a question about the Together Towards Tomorrow challenge or need support?

      Email us at [email protected], or message us on Instagram @ashokachangemakers

      You can view the Terms & Conditions of this challenge here.

      Meet the team

      Andrea Nijssen

      Andrea Nijssen

      Challenge Manager

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      Lulu McConville

      Lulu McConville

      Communications Manager

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      Louisa Konchellah

      Louisa Konchellah

      Community Manager

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      Aravind Kannan

      Jedidah Muthui

      Knowledge Manager

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      People supporting the strategy, operations, and technology of the challenge:

      • June Wardé - Challenge Advisor
      • Jennifer Hartzell - Outreach Integrator
      • Rara Reines - Outreach Support

      Connect. Innovate. Transform. 

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