I am not sure if my idea is good enough to apply. What should I do?

Definitely apply! You cannot lose anything when participating in the Social Impact Award, and the workshops and contact with other students will help you to concretize your idea. Especially if your idea is still very young, the award offers you a good opportunity to let it grow.
And even ideas in a very early stage of development have the chance to win a Social Impact Award Stipend – as long as they are good and well thought through and you show that you/your team can and will implement it.

I do not have an idea, but I am interested in the topic and the competition. Can I still come to the workshops, the kick-off event or the award ceremony, even without registration?

Yes! Come on by and join us at all Social Impact Award events. Every workshop, the kick-off event, and the award ceremony are free of charge, and we warmly welcome all interested persons. Registration is not mandatory, though we would appreciate it as it helps us in planning. We are happy to receive your confirmation of participation on Eventbrite.

What happens after the submission of my project idea ?

All rights on your application remain of course with you. We will publish your short description on our website and save it in our communication and media documents, so that your idea can inspire other students and other people (press, potential partners, volunteers) may become aware of your project. All rights to the submissions remain of course with the submitting team.

When are the winning projects announced?

The announcement of the awarded projects is going to take place at the Award Ceremony on September 28, 2017. All further details will be announced in advance at

Am I allowed to submit more than one project?

The application of more than one project by one single person or team is valid. However, each application has to comprise a clearly defined project and to be complete in the submitted documents (have a look at the formal criteria of application).

Which responsibilities do I take if I win a Social Impact Award Finalist Ticket?

If you are one of the finalists of the award, you have the responsibility to dedicate most of your summer (July – August 2017) to your project. This includes – according to the stage of your project’s development – the development of a business model and a concept, first prototypes of your idea, and first steps towards implementation. The Social Impact Award enables you as a finalist to dedicate yourself intensively to your project and take big steps in a short time.

Additionally we offer you a working space with office infrastructure and access to a worldwide network of social entrepreneurs. This is done through a membership at Startup Haus Tunis and is accessible to you during the summer months of July to August 2017. During that period you are also required to report your developments regularly to the Social Impact Award team. In this way, you are able to present your project and its progress to other students and potential future partners and supporters.

Which responsibilities do I take if I win the Social Impact Award?

As a winner of Social Impact Award you further commit yourself to participate in the SIA Summit in October/November 2017 to present the further developments of your project during the summer months in front of the whole international community. Here again you have the opportunity to inspire others and convince them of your project.

I have no time during the summer months 2017. Can I still apply?

Even if you are not able to dedicate the summer to your project during the summer, you can still benefit from applying to the Social Impact award. Your project will be published on and presented to the general public. Furthermore, you can benefit from the workshops and the valuable input for the development of your project idea. However, you are not eligible to receive one of the Social Impact Award Finalist Tickets, as these are reserved for those projects and project teams that are able to work on their ideas during the summer months.
If you have further questions, please visit ,our Facebook page or contact us directly via our online contact form.
Submitters acknowledge that they comply with the rules of competition and accept the decisions of the pre-selection team and jury.

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