The World Challenge, organized by BBC World News and Newsweek in association with Shell, is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grassroots level. The competition seeks projects or small businesses that demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit, work for the benefit of the community, and adopt a responsible approach.
Nominations are accepted in the following categories: community welfare and enterprise, health and education, sustainable farming, energy, water, and the environment. Projects/businesses should demonstrate the innovative use of technology or an invention, increase investment in the local community, and take a responsible approach to the environment in which they are operating.
A jury will select finalists and the public will then be able to vote for a project/business on the World Challenge website. The winner of the World Challenge 2011 will receive a grant of $20,000. The second and third finalists will each receive a grant of $10,000. The grants are awarded to projects/small businesses for their own use and furtherance of their enterprise only. Nominations are due June 19, 2011.