About the World Vision Social Innovation Challenge
The World Vision Social Innovation Challenge is an annual Competition for entrepreneurs that aims to bring business ideas to community members abroad who are looking to turn their challenges into opportunities.
Innovators are given the opportunity to develop their business ideas by providing ideation support, incubation through technical advisory services, seed capital, and the expertise of World Vision Canada to market their solutions.
Local Challenge. Global Reach.
- We start with one overseas community per challenge. These are real people in real locations with real stories.
- Using Human Centered Design Thinking, we work with the community to elicit information which allows us to curate challenge statements that best highlight the challenges faced by the community.
- From there, participating World Vision countries are each assigned a Challenge.
- Finally, the Challenge is launched in each country and the Competition process begins.
What is Human Centered Design Thinking?
According to IDEO.org, “Human-centered design is a creative approach to problem solving and the backbone of our work at IDEO.org. It’s a process that starts with the people you’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor made to suit their needs. Human-centered design is all about building a deep empathy with the people you’re designing for; generating tons of ideas; building a bunch of prototypes; sharing what you’ve made with the people you’re designing for; and eventually putting your innovative new solution out in the world.”
This is a two-round Competition that will allow teams of 2 to 5 people to demonstrate their ideas that work towards solving difficult development challenges affecting the world over the next 5 to 10 years. Please refer to the country-specific page for more details.
Teams come up with ideas to address the Challenges posted by World Vision will post the Challenges online at Challenge.worldvision.ca. The website will contain additional resources such as a Challenge-specific technical brief, online instructional videos, and other resources that will provide additional context and information
Teams will have the ability to submit an entrepreneurial solution to the Challenge online via the Application Portal on Challenge.worldvision.ca
After the Preliminary Round Close Date, World Vision will review and shortlist all Challenge submissions. The number of shortlisted candidates and timelines will vary by country, for more information, please refer to the Challenges Page.
Applications are shortlisted. These shortlisted business models are then presented to World Vision’s community partner in the field. World Vision works with the community to collect their feedback, which is then consolidated and send back to the shortlisted applicants. From there, World Vision works with shortlisted candidates to iterate on their ideas and business models to prepare teams for the Final Round pitch competition.
The Final Round will be a one-day, face-to-face pitch competition (Canada & U.S.). The date, time, and location of the event will vary by World Vision country host. Immediately after the Final Round Pitch, one Finalist will be selected as the Challenge winner.
Winner continues on to 12-month incubation period supported by World Vision to provide market connection and business development support in the field.
All concepts contributed to the World Vision Social Innovation Challenge belong to the Entrant (as defined by the applicable country-specific Rules and Regulations) who created and submitted them.
All work, data, material, documents, software, idea, know-how, expression, etc., in whole or in part, created by the winning Entrant pursuant to the Award and/or Business Plan is the Winner’s sole property. However, the winning Entrant grants and shall forward to World Vision at Winner’s expense, a worldwide, sub-licensable, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, non-commercial, free of charge and royalty-free license authorizing World Vision to reproduce, disseminate and translate the Work. (Please also see country-specific Rules and Regulations)