Calling All Social Entrepreneurs! Apply to the Forbes Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition

Our world is filled with amazing, inspiring young people who embody UniversalGiving‘s mission: to create a world where giving and volunteering are a natural part of everyday life™. We are so excited that Forbes is recognizing such individuals who have committed themselves fully to a cause with the Forbes Under 30 $1 Million Change the World Competition. This competition recognizes young social entrepreneurs doing truly impactful work as the founders, CEOs, and leaders of their own organizations. If you know of a deserving organization led by a committed young adult, encourage them to apply to this competition no later than Aug. 26.

With support from the John Templeton Foundation, the Echoing Green Foundation is managing the $100,000 USD Faith Entrepreneur Prize component of this broader competition. The Faith Entrepreneur Prize will reward an “entrepreneur of the spirit” who has created a charitable organization that might be the next World Vision, Interfaith Youth Core, Science for Monks, American Islamic Congress, Repair the World, International Justice Mission or Focus. As reflected in these diverse examples, this prize is not intended to celebrate any particular faith tradition or notion of God. Entries are invited from entrepreneurs from around the world.

Who is eligible for the Faith Entrepreneur Prize?
· Active social entrepreneurs who are under the age of 30 at the time of the competition (i.e., born after October 6, 1985) and are founders, co-founders or top executives of their organizations
· Applicants from anywhere in the world (entry must be submitted in English)
· Those who are already actively engaged in a social enterprise—this is not a business plan contest, but one that will reward and accelerate those entrepreneurs already making a difference
· Only U.S. non-profits and organizations outside the U.S. that operate for charitable purposes [note: this is different from the broader competition, which is open to both non-profit and for-profit social entrepreneurs]
· Must be able to travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from October 5-6, 2015 for the Forbes Under 30 Summit.

When is it happening?
The application period is officially open! Submissions will be accepted until 11:59PM EST on August 26, 2015. Finalists will be announced on September 9, 2015 and winners will be announced at the Forbes Under 30 Summit on October 6, 2015.

How to apply
Visit herox.com/Under30, read more, and click Submit Entry.

How can I help?
Spread the word about the competition far and wide! Below are sample promotional materials to post on social media and to invite your community, congregations and networks to apply or recommend it to someone they know!

Sample Social Media Posts
Calling all social entrepreneurs changing the world through faith! With support from the John Templeton Foundation, the Echoing Green Foundation will manage a $100K prize competition for faith entrepreneurs, as part of Forbes’ Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition, a global social impact challenge for young people with game-changing ideas. The winner will be eligible to compete for $400K more in cash and in-kind support. Visit the competition website to learn more—and be sure to apply by August 26: herox.com/Under30

Are you a social entrepreneur changing the world through? With support from the John Templeton Foundation, the Echoing Green Foundation will manage a $100K prize competition for faith entrepreneurs, as part of Forbes’ Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition, a global social impact challenge for young people with game-changing ideas. The winner will be eligible to compete for $400K more in cash and in-kind support. Visit the competition website to learn more—and be sure to apply by August 26: herox.com/Under30
About the Forbes Under 30 $1 Million Change the World Competition
The Forbes Under 30 Change the World Competition will offer a $1 million prize package to be divided among six paradigm-shifting programs in one of six areas, one of which is to support the Faith Entrepreneur Prize. The broader global social impact competition is designed for social entrepreneurs under 30 who have disruptive and scalable ideas that address global challenges. The funders of the other five finalists are philanthropist Bob Duggan and the Case, Schusterman, Pratt, and Keywell Foundations. The six finalists will then compete onstage at the Forbes Under 30 Summit on October 6 in Philadelphia. An overall winner will be selected, and their award will be elevated to $500,000 (total) in cash and in-kind support.

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