Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the World Vision Social Innovation Challenge?

The World Vision Social Innovation Challenge is a student entrepreneurship competition that aims to support some of Canada’s most brilliant minds in creating market-based solutions to some of the world’s most difficult development challenges.

The Social Innovation Challenge will provide students and recent graduates with an opportunity to develop their business ideas by providing ideation support, incubation through technical advisory services, seed capital, and the expertise of World Vision Canada (“WVC”) to market test their solutions.

2. Who is eligible to participate?

The competition is open to everyone, regardless of religion. To submit an Entry for the Competition and be eligible to win a Prize, all team members must, at the date of Entry, be:

  • A legal resident of any Canadian province or territory
  • Eighteen (18) years of age or older; and
  • Full-time or part-time student (at any level), or recent graduate (up to 2 years) who is registered at or attended a university, college or high school in any Canadian Province or Territory
  • Teams must:

after the Preliminary Round Close Date, not add, remove, or replace any Team members;

  • appoint a Team leader who will be the point-of-contact with WVC; and
  • if a registered business, charity, non-profit organization, or social enterprise:
  • not have received prior investment of more than $10,000;
  • not have been in operation for more than 3 years; and
  • bear the same name as that of such entity and shall not change its name during the course of the Competition.

The Competition is not open to employees of WVC, its affiliated organizations, advertising or promotional agencies or media partners, or members of the household of such employees.

See additional details about this in the Competition Rules and Regulations.

3. How does it work?

This is a two-round Competition that will allow teams of 2 to 5 people to demonstrate market-based solutions to some of the world’s most difficult development challenges that will be faced over the next 5 to 10 years, regarding Energy.

Preliminary Round
For the Preliminary Round of the Competition, World Vision will post a challenge online at http://challenge.worldvision.ca. The Challenge Statement will explain a development challenge that will need to be addressed in over the next 5 to 10 years. Teams will have the ability to submit an entrepreneurial solution to the challenge in Preliminary Round.

The Preliminary Round starts at 12:00 a.m. EST on September 19, 2016  and closes at 8:00 p.m. EST on March 10, 2017. After the Preliminary Round Close Date, up to 10 Teams will be identified as finalists.

Final Round
The Final Round will be a one day face-to-face pitch event and will be held in early June 2017 in Toronto, Ontario. Due to the expansion of the competition, the exact date and venue is to be determined. After the Final Round Pitch, 1 Finalist will be selected as the winner.

4. When does the competition begin and end?

Preliminary Round starts at 12:00 a.m. EST on September 19, 2016  and closes at 8:00 p.m. EST on March 10, 2017. The World Vision Social Innovation Challenge has given an extended period of time to allow university and college students to align submissions with final course projects.  After the Preliminary Round Close Date, up to 10 Teams will be identified as finalists.

The Final Round will be a one day face-to-face pitch event and will be held in early June 2017 in Toronto, Ontario.

5. Are participants supposed to solve a specific problem?

Yes. World Vision presents a pressing social challenge brief that provides guidelines to ensure your idea contains the necessary qualities and mandates to be an innovation breakthrough.

6. How will ideas be submitted?

All submissions will be in English or French and must be submitted online at http://challenge.worldvision.ca. No paper entries will be accepted. The focus for this competition is Water and Health.

7. When is the deadline for submission of ideas?

Submission Deadline: We invite interested parties to submit their online applications for the Round 1 Competition starting September 19, 2016. The last day for submission is 8:00 p.m. EST on March 10, 2017. 

8. How will the business ideas be judged?

After the Preliminary Round Close Date, at 8:00 p.m. EST  on March 10, 2017 WVC and a team of industry experts will assess the Entries and select up to 10 Finalists. The Judges shall be experienced entrepreneurs, investors and academics appointed by WVC.

The core assessment of the Entries will focus on the innovativeness, feasibility and viability of the proposed solution.
All Entries will be evaluated by the Chair and co-Chairs of the Competition by using the common “Executive Summary Judging Criteria”.

The Chair and co-Chairs will hold a joint session where up to a maximum of 10 Entries will be identified as Finalists.
At the Final Round Pitch, Finalists will be provided an opportunity to present their Business Plans, which should explain the practicability of the plan execution and fund-ability potential.

Each Finalist will conduct a 15 minute, uninterrupted Business Plan presentation in English followed by up to 12 minutes of question and answer and then 3 minutes of feed-back by the Judging Panel. It is not compulsory for all Team members to address the Judges Panel in the presentation.

The Judges will make their evaluations and give their scores by using a common “Business Plan Judging Criteria”.
The Winner will be decided by the highest score after a joint deliberation of the Judging Panel.

9. Who is not eligible to submit an idea to the competition?

The Competition is not open to employees of WVC, its affiliated organizations, advertising or promotional agencies or media partners, or members of the household of such employees.

10. Will my idea be implemented by World Vision Canada?

WVC reserves the right to implement or not implement any ideas submitted to the competition including the winning submission.

11. What is the Prize?

Preliminary round
Up to 10 Finalists will receive admission to an accelerator program  that will help them develop their Entries into Business Plans throughout March, April, May 2017. Details for the Accelerator program will be announced later in the year.

Final Round
One Winner will receive an award of up to $50,000 (CAD) and access to further technical support and advisory services to incubate and market test their ideas for 12 months (“Award”).

12. When will incubation support start?

The incubation services will take place in March, April, May, 2017. The winning teams and WVC will agree upon a suitable commencement date for the sessions.

13. Will my travel expenses be paid for by World Vision during the incubation?

No. The travel costs will be covered by you. Remote options will be available.

14. Who owns the ideas submitted on the World Vision Social Innovation Challenge – and who can act on those ideas to bring them to life?

All concepts contributed to the World Vision Social Innovation Challenge belong to the person who created.

All work, data, material, documents, software, idea, know-how, expression, etc., in whole or in part, created by the Winner pursuant to the Award and/or Business Plan is the Winner’s sole property. However, the Winner grants and shall forward to WVC at Winner’s expense, a worldwide, sub-licensable, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, non-commercial, free of charge and royalty-free license authorizing WVC to reproduce, disseminate and translate the Work.