Project Inspire by UN & MasterCard: 5 Minutes to Change the World

UN Women's Project

5 Minutes to Change the World


UN Women Singapore and MasterCard have started a joint initiative called 'PROJECT INSPIRE: 5 Minutes to Change the World' to help you create a better world of opportunities for women and girls in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.


The 'PROJECT INSPIRE: 5 Minutes to Change the World' is inviting submissions of life-changing ideas on how to help empower disadvantaged women or girls, through education, skills training, financial inclusion, and social entrepreneurship. You could win a US$25,000 grant to go out there and bring your vision to life.


Ideas should be submitted in form of a video running for a length of five minutes. Applicants sending the submissions should be 18-35 years old.


Besides the winner getting the $25,000 grant, there will be a special recognition to the Best Financial Literacy/ Livelihood proposal which will win a start-up grant of US$10,000. Finalists will get an opportunity to come to Singapore to present their inspiring idea to an expert judging panel. You will also attend a workshop on sustainable social entrepreneurship and presentation skills training.


Submissions are open from 8 March - 30 June 2011.


Steps for Application –


Come up with a life-changing idea to empower women and girls in a disadvantaged community within Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa that you would go out and implement.


Create your 5-minute pitch – video preferably, or a 2-page written submission.


Make sure you've covered these in your pitch:

1. What is your inspirational idea?

2. How will your project change the lives of women and girls in the short and long term?

3. How will you/your team carry out the project?

4. Explain how the US$25,000 grant will be used to carry out your project, including project costs and expenses

5. How will you measure the success of the project?


Upload your video pitch to any popular video website. Make sure to include 'Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World' and 5MinutestoChangetheWorld in your video description. OR for written submissions, please make sure it's in Microsoft Word format.


Visit from 8 March to 30 June 2011 and complete the submission form with a link to your pitch video or written submission.

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