Chivas Venture, a global search to discover and reward the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs, has released 30 startups as finalists of its $1m third edition global competition out of almost 6,000 applications across six continents with Sanivation representing Kenya.
The 30 finalists will travel to Los Angeles in July where they will compete for a share of $1 million to make their dream of creating a better future for the world a reality.
According to Richard Black, Chivas Regal Global Brand Director, “We were blown away by the calibre of entries for this year’s Chivas Venture competition. The businesses are a great example of the ingenuity and passion of entrepreneurs across the world who are committed to creating a better world for generations to come.”
One finalist will represent each of the 30 participating countries. The 30 finalists are attending a five-day Accelerator Week programme to develop leadership skills, take part in practical workshops and be inspired by global experts on critical topics that affect social startups at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship within the Business School at the University of Oxford.
From Monday 1st May to Sunday 4th June, the public will be able to show their support for their favourite finalist through a live vote. Over the course of five weeks, the public’s vote will determine how the first $250,000 in funding is split among the finalists.
The winner(s) of the remaining $750,000 in funding will be decided on Thursday 13th July at the Chivas Venture Final in Los Angeles, after a high-stakes pitch in front of the judges and a live audience.