Launched in 2011, this is the sixth year for Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Save the World, a global challenge that presents 18-35 year olds with a 5-minute platform to pitch their inspired idea to the world and potentially win a $25,000 grant to make their idea a reality.
The Singapore Committee for UN Women and Council Lead Partner MasterCard recently announced this year's competition. Applicants are asked to demonstrate how they are empowering women and girls through safety and security across sectors such as health, financial inclusion, urban design, education and more throughout all of Asia and the Pacific.
"In many parts of the world, women’s safety and security is often overlooked," said Georgette Tan with MasterCard in the Asia Pacific. "The latest MasterCard Index of Well-Being found that women in many emerging and developed markets across Asia feel particularly vulnerable to the threat of violent crime, which remains one of the most extreme manifestations of gender discrimination and inequality."
Tan said this year's Project Inspire asks social entrepreneurs to address this pertinent issue facing women and girls at home, work, school and public places. She adds: "Project Inspire reinforces MasterCard’s belief that empowering women has the greatest impact on the well-being of a community."
July 1 deadline for entries
Applicants must submit a five-minute video detailing how the US $25,000 grant will be used to improve the lives of women and/or girls. The competition is now open, and submissions can be made via the Project Inspire website.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 1, 2016.
Project Inspire will choose 20 semi-finalists to progress to a crowd-funding stage of the competition. From the semi-finalists, finalists will be chosen to attend the Grand Finals in Singapore where they will pitch their inspired idea to a panel of judges. The remaining semi-finalists stand a chance of winning a wild-card ticket to pitch their inspired idea at the Grand Finals in Singapore by securing the most supporters during the crowd-funding stage of the competition. Winners are decided by a judging panel and will be announced at an event in Singapore in November, 2016.
"Thanks to the strong partnership with MasterCard, Project Inspire has directly supported 16 entrepreneurs from nine countries around the world to positively impact thousands of lives," said Trina Liang-Lin, President, Singapore Committee for UN Women. "We have an active online community of over 90,000 change-makers and Project Inspire alumni have gone on to win other global awards, attract significant funding and global recognition. They’ve gone on to become politicians or leaders with significant influence and continue to create social impact."
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