Are you helping develop the skills needed for everyone to play an active role in the economy of tomorrow? If yes, then apply for Future Skills Innovation Challenge.

Ashoka Changemakers has launching the Future Skills Innovation Challenge, an international competition aimed at recognising, supporting and nurturing the best social entrepreneurs and their innovations.

They looking for the innovators building a future where everyone has the skills needed to thrive.

What are future skills?

  • These are competencies that increase financial capability and employability — equipping their communities to play an active role in the economy of the future.
  • Financial capability means having the skills, attitudes and tools needed to manage money effectively.
  • Employability is a set of achievements, understandings and attributes that make individuals more likely to gain employment and to be successful in their chosen occupations.
  • To thrive in the future, communities and individuals will need these essential skills.

Sort of Solutions

The Changemakers hope to be surprised by the ideas they receive. But to give you a bit of steer on the sorts of solutions they are excited by:

  • Within the topic of Financial Capability they love innovations such as:
    • Digital solutions which empower people with the knowledge and skills to manage their money effectively.
    • Innovations that change people’s behaviours and enable them to be financially healthy.
  • Within the topic of Employability they love innovations such as:
    • Entrepreneurs who focus on developing innovative, high-quality future skills training that will skill, reskill and upskill people.
    • Ideas that help people foster the mindset of continuous learning – especially in industries that are most vulnerable to the effects of automation.


  • All applicants will:
    • Have the opportunity to receive peer feedback via the prize online platform, including the opportunity to view, review and connect with other applicants of the Future Skills Challenge.
    • Receive feedback from Ashoka and/or HSBC representatives.
  • Up to 50 semi-finalists will:
    • Have an opportunity to refine entries and incorporate feedback received in the screening phase Receive additional feedback from experts from HSBC & Ashoka
    • Be referred as semi-finalists in the announcement communications
    • Access a call for semi-finalists to connect with peers

Prize Information

There will be 12 challenges winners, across 3 categories:

  • Most scalable solutions-
    • Awarded to solutions with proven models who have potential to begin scaling their impact.
    • Winners receive and up to $25k cash prize plus support & mentoring from HSBC and Ashoka on how to scale and raise additional finance.
  • Most innovative solutions-
    • Awarded to solutions with an innovative use of technology.
    • Winners receive up to $20k cash prize plus support & mentoring to help develop their innovation.
  • Best early-stage ideas-
    • Awarded to solutions with highly innovative ideas which are still at an early-stage.
    • Winners receive up to $12.5k cash prize plus support & mentoring to develop their idea.

Eligibility Criteria

  • To apply:
    • You must have incorporated as a non-profit, for-profit, or hybrid organization.
    • You must be over 18 by the time you apply.
    • If your product has not launched, you must have a business plan and MVP (prototype, pilot, or another proof of concept).
    • Entries will only be accepted in English (winners will be expected to engage in activities that require English proficiency).
    • They are open to entries from the following markets: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK (inc Channel Islands), USA, Vietnam.
  • Additional terms:
    • Only one application per initiative will be accepted.
    • Employees of HSBC advertising agencies, promotion agencies and other service providers for this Challenge, their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, regardless of where they reside) are not eligible.
    • Partners or initiatives that are already financed or supported by HSBC its affiliates, subsidiaries or joint ventures are not eligible.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

For more information, visit Future Skills Innovation Challenge.

Name of the Organisation
Ashoka Changemakers
Grant Amount
USD 25,000
Closing date of Proposal
Friday, 28 February, 2020
RFP Email
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