Could positive change in the world be sparked in just five minutes? According to Project Inspire, it can.
Project Inspire is an annual joint initiative by the Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard, that calls on young change-makers between the ages of 18-35, to pitch ideas that will build sustainable, long-term projects that benefit disadvantaged women and girls in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East or Africa.
Each participant gets five minutes to pitch their unique project idea to a panel of judges for the chance to win the grand prize of a S$25 000 grant towards their project. In August, 10 finalists will be chosen and flown to Singapore, where they will spend three days preparing to make their five-minute pitch to the judging panel.
Last year, a team from India called Protsahan, made up of Sonal Kapoor, Shruthi Komandur, and Tripti Bhauduriya won the grand prize for their project that aims to expand training in design and handicraft for at-risk women in slum areas in India. (You can watch their video pitch here.)
If you fit the criteria and have an idea that you think could change the world, head over to the Project Inspire site to apply. For more information, read up on the Project Inspire FAQs, like the Project Inspire Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.
Application submissions close on June 30 2014.