Green Skills Innovation Challenge for Social Entrepreneurs in 2021 (Win up to $230,000)

Ashoka and HSBC invite applications for the Green Skills Innovation Challenge for Social Entrepreneurs in the UK in 2021.

This global innovation competition is open to social entrepreneurs in selected markets with ventures that equip individuals and communities with the skills needed to thrive in the transition to a green economy. 

This Green Economy requires a workforce equipped with robust green skills—the competencies that allow individuals to step into new green jobs or transition aspects of their current careers towards jobs that will have positive impacts on the planet. 

Worth of Award

There will be two award categories:

Most Innovative solutions: 

  • Awarded to solutions with proven models who have the potential to begin scaling their impact  

  • Winners receive up to $20k cash prize plus support & mentoring from HSBC and Ashoka on how to scale 

  • Available to general entrants and youth-led entrants

Best early-stage solutions: 

  • Awarded to solutions with highly innovative ideas which are still at an early-stage  

  • Winners receive up to $15k cash prize plus support & mentoring to help develop their innovation

  • Available to general entrants and youth-led entrants


To qualify: 

  • You must have incorporated as a non-profit, for-profit, or hybrid organization

  • You must be over 18 by the time you apply

  • If your product has not launched, you must have a business plan and MVP (prototype, pilot, or another proof of concept)

  • Entries will only be accepted in English (winners will be expected to engage in activities that require English proficiency)

  • Entries are accepted from the following markets: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK (including the Channel Islands), Uruguay, USA, Vietnam 

Additional terms: 

  • Only one application per initiative 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 initiatives that are already financed or supported by HSBC its affiliates, subsidiaries, or joint ventures are not eligible

How to Apply

All applications should be made online via the official website.

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Deadline: The final entry deadline is June 4 at midnight UK time.

Click here for more details and to apply