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Deadline: June 7, 2020 00:00 (CEST)| Apply here
Eligibility: Anyone who wants to contribute their skills is welcome to take part

Collective Innovation Challenge 2020

The Collective Foundation believes in the power of bringing people together to tackle critical social issues. As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, vulnerable communities urgently need support. This is why you are challenged to think of innovative ideas that can support communities that are significantly affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

The Collective Innovation Challenge is an online programme and community to support you in developing ideas to help isolated older people, young people with disadvantaged backgrounds, and people who experience homelessness. If you want to make a difference to these groups, sign up now.

How can we support vulnerable groups who are affected by the COVID-19 crisis?

  • Isolated old people

The Collective Foundation is particularly interested in working with those who experience the most severe forms of social isolation — people who live independently, the economically disadvantaged, and those who don’t have existing strong social networks.

How can we support the emotional and social needs of those aged over 70 who have been asked to take the most stringent social distancing measures?

  • Young people with disadvantaged backgrounds

This is a moment that exposes many of inequities faced by young people in our society —from access to quality food and broadband and computers needed for distance education to the supportive environments needed to focus on learning.

For the millions of young people who are homeless or food insecure, school is often the one place where they feel safe and where some of their urgent needs are met. How can we support the social, physical and mental health needs of society’s most vulnerable young people and their carers?

  • People who experience homelessness

There are an estimated 300,000 people living in temporary accommodation, sofa-surfing or experiencing other kinds of homelessness than rough sleeping. These people are at serious risk during the COVID-19 crisis and not necessarily covered by government legislation in support of rough sleepers.

What can we do to support individuals and families without stable accommodation?

Why join?

Joining the Innovation Challenge is a real opportunity to make a positive impact and help in one of the world’s biggest challenges.

Your ideas will tackle the difficulties faced by the most vulnerable people:

  • Isolated older people
  • Young people with disadvantaged backgrounds
  • People who experience homelessness

Besides leaving a mark in the world and impacting thousands of lives, you’ll also have other benefits such as:

  • Grow your knowledge by having access to webinars and educational contents
  • Connect to experts and be mentored by them
  • Be part of a community of other people who want to tackle the crisis and get peer-to-peer feedback – Receive the resources needed to turn your idea into reality

How does it work

Once you sign up, you will get access to the online platforms where you can share your ideas, find team members, or join other teams. You can read our research briefs to get a better understanding of the problems that the groups we focus on the face.

You will be supported throughout the idea development process by our mentors. You will also get access to our educational content, our network of partners, and feedback sessions with frontline experts who can validate your idea.

By the end of each challenge, the most promising ideas will be selected to be brought to life with the Collective Foundation’s partners. Depending on the challenge you participate in, this means funding, ongoing coaching, and/or access to their network.

If you don’t have an idea and simply want to donate your skills, you can join projects from other people in the community.

Interested in applying for the Collective Innovation Challenge 2020? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.


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