- HiNot sure if we have already discussed this competition - deadline appears a week away; already one ICT entrant from Kenya...dont know anything more than what appeared in my inbox!According to Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Executive Director of the GKP Secretariat in Kuala
Lumpur, âWe are overwhelmed by the positive response that we have garnered thus far.
The quality of applications that we have received is an indication of the immense
interest and potential in social entrepreneurship that harnesses Information and
Communication Technology (ICT)â.
âWe have received applications from all over the world â from the Philippines, to
Pakistan, to Ghana and Kenya. This truly global competition will recognise the creativity,
passion and talent of youth across world and will act as a launchpad for them to achieve
their full capabilitiesâ, she added.
One such social enterprise entered so far is Kenya-based EDTEC, an organisation
which envisions an empowered community with equal access to resources. According to
the organisationâs founder, Kennedy Onyango, âa lack of access to information due to
limited use of ICT by the most vulnerable, such as youth and women, provides a
breeding ground for poverty.â He continued to say that EdTECH is concerned with the
welfare of youth, since youth remain the agents of change in their respective
Many young people have an interest in contributing towards a better future, but job
offers in the traditional development sector are limited. A social enterprise with its
double or triple bottom-line allows them to both earn an income and realise their passion
for positive social and/or environmental impact. Their social business model also
addresses the challenge of financial sustainability that many traditional, grant-funded
development projects face.
Through the competition GKP will select 100 winners who will be sponsored to attend
the up coming Young Social Entrepreneurs Forum at the Third Global Knowledge
Conference, GK3, in Kuala Lumpur. www.GKPEventsontheFuture.org
The competition is fully web-based and is open to all regions of the globe, and closes on
15 August 2007. The competition will be judged by an independent online jury and the
winners will be announced on 1 October 2007. Application details and jury evaluation
results will be viewable to the public who will also be able to post comments at
At the Forum, 10 of the winners will âpitchâ their enterprises to experts to secure funding.
All 100 winners will take part in a dedicated networking session; meet various funding
organisations, mentors, experts and other stakeholders; be part of a crowd of innovative
and motivated young people; mingle and network with the 2000 general GK3
participants and showcase their social businesses.
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