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British Council #IdeasChangeLives Global Innovation Challenge 2019 (£20,000 Prize)


British Council #IdeasChangeLives ( global innovation challenge  ) is the international mission for creativity in finding technological solutions to some of the greatest problems in the world. The British Council is looking for people with a new, entrepreneurial spirit and a big idea that can have a positive impact on communities around the world.

Application Deadline: 10 January 2020.


About British Council /#IdeasChangeLives – Global Innovation Challenge

The British Council is the UK’s cultural relations and educational opportunities international organization. We were founded in 1934 and incorporated in 1940 by the Royal Charter.

We build good understanding and knowledge between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive difference to the United Kingdom and the countries with which we work – by creating opportunities, developing partnerships, and building confidence.

We work in the fields of arts and culture, English language, literacy and civil society with more than 100 countries worldwide. Last year, through broadcasts and magazines, we reached more than 80 million people directly and 791 million people in general, including online.


British Council /#IdeasChangeLives – Global Innovation Challenge

The winning pitch of  British Council,#IdeasChangeLives,Global Innovation Challenge will earn £ 20,000 to invest in their project, as well as a full year of mentoring and funding from the British Council.

Priority for 2019 This year, the British Council is looking for ideas that will help us achieve any or all of the goals of one of the three Global Sustainable Development Goals below:


Goal 4: Quality education

Ensure quality education that is inclusive and equal and foster opportunities for lifelong learning for all.

Goal 5: Gender equality

Gender equality is achieved and all women and girls are empowered.

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Promoting sustainable, equitable and sustainable economic development, complete and efficient jobs and decent work for everyone.


Requirements for British Council /#IdeasChangeLives – Global Innovation Challenge


The contest is open to everyone throughout the world. As a person or an agency, you can choose to apply.

The British Council accepts ‘early stage’ applications, which means that when you apply, you do not necessarily need a working prototype.

To order to apply, you do not need to work in the electronic or technology sector. In order to help, the British Council suggests that you think carefully before applying:

The need to discuss your idea – be specific about which of the Global Goals you’re focused on and the issue your solution could help solve.

Why people will benefit – tell us why your idea matters to the people for whom it is intended and how it has the potential to impact thousands of lives positively.

Why it’s convincing – so tell us the story behind your proposal, we need to believe that you really care about making a difference.

The contest – show us that you have a clear understanding and knowledge of any rivals who may work on similar products and tell us why your concept is different.

The tools and resources needed to make it a product – it doesn’t matter if you haven’t previously worked with technology. What matters is a clear understanding of how your idea is going to work in the real world.



Benefits of British Council /#IdeasChangeLives – Global Innovation Challenge


Financing to get your idea out of the way

£20,000 in prize money, no matter what stage you’re in, to develop your product.

Support to help you succeed

British Council team of digital experts will help you to grow the concept at your own pace. We’ll give you the opportunity to communicate with others and build more collaborations through access to global networks, events and sector expertise.



The competition will close on 10 January 2020. 

We are going to announce our shortlisted applicants in February 2020. They will be asked to produce a short video and develop a business model to explain their concept.

We will name our finalists in March 2020, who will then be interviewed by our panel of judges. The committee will consist of industry experts and members from the Digital, Partnerships and Development department of the British Council.


Competition winners will be announced in March 2020.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the British Council #IdeasChangeLives Global Innovation Challenge 2019

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