For almost half a decade, Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World has been on a global search for amazing solutions from individuals of any background that can help improve the lives of women and girls in Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific and this year’s competition is now open for entries.
Project Inspire’s 2015 theme is ‘Technology or Design for Economic Empowerment’ and contestants must submit a five-minute video clip in which they pitch their projects in line with this theme. The winner will receive a $25 000 (R300 000) grand prize, while the runner-up receives $10 000 (R120 000).
Project Inspire was launched in 2011 during the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day by the Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard, to seek out and offer support to social entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 with a up-and-running project that empowers women and girls in any or all of the three regions.
“It’s vital that more is done to empower and encourage women to break the glass ceiling in the traditionally male-dominated fields of technology and design. Careers in these fields afford women the opportunity to be financially self-sufficient and positively impact the world through their leadership and creativity,” Georgette Tan, MasterCard group head of cmmunications, Asia/Pacific.
Some past Project Inspire winners include Reach, an organisation that supports disadvantaged women through vocational training and Protsahan, a team that gives women in slum areas India training in design and handicraft.
Entrants can submit their applications on the Project Inspire website and entries close on July 1st. The top 20 finalists will be announced in August. Each finalists will be flown to Singapore where they will be paired with a mentor and participate in a week-long social business boot camp. The final pitch day will be held in November.
[Source and image – Project Inspire]