Inspire action on global challenges through social entrepreneurship and the power of skills.

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

ACCELERATION PROGRAMME

FOR THE PROGRAMME 2019

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This year, we will select teams to join our three-month BeChangeMaker programmme. The top three teams will be chosen at the end and receive EUR 1,000 funding per team and further support.


Form a team and join now to start your journey of living your passion and embracing a career with meaning. 

Social entrepreneurs generate profit by creating social innovation to drive changes that positively impact the world.


WorldSkills and the HP Foundation launched the first BeChangeMaker in 2017 as a virtual training programme for youth around the world to explore their career potential as social entrepreneurs and design solutions to solve social issues based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

2 April, 2018

Application Open

31 May, 2018

Application Deadline

15 June, 2018

Programme Kick-off

15-18 October, 2018 (TBC)

Live Pitch Finale in Amsterdam

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After a three month intensive training, mentoring, and online pitch competitions, we have our top five teams of BeChangeMaker who are going to pitch live in Amsterdam at WorldSkills General Assembly!


Check out who these awesome young entrepreneurs are! The top three teams selected at the live pitch competition will be awarded with EUR 1,000 each and more dedicated support to get their ideas off ground.

from Syria who are creating an innovative glove to translates sign language into written and spoken Arabic.

SIRIUS

from Denmark who are educating young girls in Africa about sex and reproduction as well as other taboo topics through gaming.

LULU LAB

from India who are transforming the way people use and save water in their community.

RIPPLE

from Guatemala who are connecting businesses with farmers for more sustainable production of rice and fostering circular economy.

UROBOROS

from Lebanon who are designing a high-quality and easily accessible learning platform with Arabic content, especially for the disadvantaged communities like the refugees.

MOUBARMIJ

THE TEAMS

Out of applications from 166 teams that represent 31 countries, here are the final selected teams for BeChangeMaker 2018 - let the programme starts!

Zambia

INOCOP LADIES

Focus: Gender balance in aviation skills and industry.

Liberia

LEH-SEH

Focus: Improve knowledge and sustainability actions for waste disposal and pollution. 

Namibia

BRIGHT FUTURE

Focus: Improve lives of children who suffer from poverty and hunger.

Guatemala

UROBOROS

Focus: Achieve sustainable consumption and production through circular economy.

India

RIPPLE

Focus: Access to clean water and improve public health.

Denmark

REFRAME

Focus: Improve health and well-being of the elderly.

Indonesia

TRIBES

Focus: Improve lives of disadvantaged communities through ethnic and tribal products.

India

WIZARDS

Focus: Provide decent jobs for youth through better career guidance.

Chinese Taipei

SKILLS FOR U

Focus: Encourage youth with skills to solve social issues in communities.

Netherlands

DIVERSITY 4 TECH SCIENCE

Focus: Improve gender and racial bias in STEM education and career.

Syria

SIRIUS

Focus: Improve lives of people with disabilities through wearable solutions.

Nigeria

VERITAS VISION

Focus: Improve lives of low-income families through viable financial solutions.

Lebanon

MOUBARMIJ

Focus: High-quality educational content/platform for Arabic speaking communities.

Denmark

LULU LAB

Focus: Empower disadvantaged communities and girls through the power of technology.

India

NEMOCARE WELLNESS

Focus: Prevent neonatal and maternal deaths in the developing world.

MEET THE MENTORS

Loren has a background in development studies, an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and works for HP in Current Business Management on Marketing and Finance. Loren is based in Portland, OR area.

Loren Crawford

Yves is the VP – Global head of HP Inc. Quota and Sales Compensation Enablement. Executive with 20+ years of diverse experiences ranging from Finance, Process and Systems to Sales enablement and Sales Compensation. Strong customer focus, strategic agility, people management skills and drive for results. Yves is based in Palo Alto, CA. 

Yves Cabanac

Setyo is a Software Engineer at HP Workstation R&D lab in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is a certified project manager professional (PMP) with background in Engineering and in Business management. Setyo’s interests include entrepreneurship, poverty alleviation, project management, and technology management. Setyo is active at local chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI) and other non-profits organization in Colorado area.

Setyo Nugroho

Juan is the Business Development Manager at HP with strong expertise in new business development. Juan is based in San Diego, CA. 

Juan Carlos Vives

Alina is a global citizen, with a 20+ years of diverse work history as a journalist, assistant manager, leader of the young social-democratic women and entrepreneur. In love with HP since 2006, working and growing in various positions. Alina is the manager in EMEA sales compensation team who is based in Romania. 

Alina Draghici

Rashme is an experienced Financial Analyst and has been in HP for eight years. Prior to HP, Rashme worked in AMD and Intel. Currently Rashme is handling APJ Sales Finance. In her free time, Rashme loves to run, listen to music, coffee, and cheesecake. Rashme is based in Malaysia.

Rashme Albert

Kate has a background in research, leadership development and non-profit management. She has an MBA with a focus in Market Research and works for HP as a Search Analyst. Kate is based in the Portland, OR area.

Kate Lipinski

Ishita works at the Autodesk Foundation, where she uses her design thinking and user-experience expertise to support entrepreneurs and innovators who are creating innovative design solutions for the world's most pressing social and environmental challenges. She has a Masters in Design for Social Innovation. Ishita is based in San Francisco, California.

Ishita Jain

Mikhail is the head of HP computing business in Africa. He has diverse experience in sales, operations, category and business management. Mikhail is fascinated by working across different cultures and countries. Currently located in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mikhail Sidorenko

JUDGES

Michele Malejki

Global strategic programs, sustainability, and social innovation at HP, programme for Clinton Global Initiative, finance and micro-lending

Sustainability & Social Innovation

HP Inc.

Jennifer Morris

Jennifer Morris is the Global Sustainability Counsel for HP and leads an international team of lawyers who focus on environmental law, human rights requirements and technology enabled compliance programs. She has spent most of her career at HP, with brief visits to IBM, Compaq, Bit Jugglers and Tandem Computers.       

Global Compliance & Social Responsibility Counsel at HP Inc. 

Rich Miles

Having been with 3M (within a variety of divisions) for the past 27 years, Rich has built up an in-depth knowledge of sales, marketing, product development, marketing communications and management positions at a local, European and global level. A product designer by education, Rich has also worked as a high school teacher. Rich has a passion to use sustainability for business growth and as solutions for societal challenges.

3M - Chief Sustainability Officer Europe

The final five teams will present their business ideas live during the WorldSkills General Assembly in Amsterdam, where the top three teams of BeChangeMaker will be chosen.

LIVE PITCH FINALE IN AMSTERDAM

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Network with teams from around the world who strive for a cause. Tap into and get connected with WorldSkills and the HP Foundation's global network of experts, mentors, potential supporters and investors.

A DIVERSE GLOBAL NETWORK

Access to powerful tools and workflow that enable you to better collaborate with your teams, apply your learning, and create your work fast and effective.

TECHNOLOGY FOR

STARTUP ACCELERATION

From starting a small business, design thinking, basics of finance, social media marketing to funding, HP LIFE from the HP Foundation provides selective online courses that are the key to starting your journey as social entrepreneur.

ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY LEARNING CONTENT ON HP LIFE

We provide virtual coaching and support that are essential for accelerating your training progress. You will also receive regular feedback and mentoring to ensure that you are on the right track.

DEDICATED COACHING AND CUSTOMIZED SUPPORT

"We have participated in BeChangeMaker 2017 and can highly recommend it. The support we were getting was amazing and has really helped us move forward fast."

"The passion for solving a specific social issue will lead you to inspiring ideas and solutions. BeChangeMaker is one of the most challenging and best experiences in our lives for creating a positive impact in the world."

Team Sci-Kid Hub

Team T-CHÁN

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BECHANGEMAKER PROGRAMME 2018

ORGANIZING TEAM

Debbie is the HP LIFE Partnership Manager for the HP Foundation, leading the HP LIFE programme that offers 28 free online courses in 7 languages to build key business competencies. With the great support from the HP Foundation, Debbie works closely with WorldSkills on the creation and implementation of BeChangeMaker.

Debbie Ledbetter

Grace is the Senior Partnership and Projects Manager at WorldSkills, which is the global hub for skills excellence and development. She works closely with the HP Foundation on the creation and implementation of BeChangeMaker to offer opportunities to youth for career building and transforming the way we think about social change and the use of skills. 

Grace Lung

Michal is the CEO of Gamified Startup and the creator of the Gamified Startup Toolkit. He supports startups, social enterprises, and companies to innovate and optimize their businesses to create positive impact in the world. Michal is the coach for BeChangeMaker 2018.

Michal Jirasek

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