The Kering Foundation and MakeSense support social entrepreneurs.
The Kering Foundation Awards support the innovative ideas of social entrepreneurs committed to tackling violence against women. In partnership with MakeSense, the Kering Foundation Awards enable selected social entrepreneurs to scale up their impactful social business models via financial support, a 6-month acceleration programme and professional mentoring.
Launched in 2011, MakeSense accelerates the impact of social entrepreneurs by connecting them with individuals ready to take up their challenges. To enable anyone to help, MakeSense constantly creates problem-solving workshop methodologies and train every passionate volunteer.
The Kering Foundation Awards, in partnership with MakeSense, cover five countries*: France, Italy, Mexico, UK and US. Depending on the eligibility and quality of the applications, a maximum of five winners will be selected - one per country. The two most convincing projects will receive a grant of €10,000, whilst the three others receiving €5,000. In addition, winners will benefit from a 6-month acceleration programme through the MakeSense incubators network. Winners will also receive 2 years mentoring support from Kering Group employees.
Any social enterprise that benefit to women affected by or at risk of violence against women (i.e. domestic violence, sexual violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, trafficking, etc.), is eligible to apply. Women at risk includes migrant women, minority women, etc. Entrepreneurs must be located and operating in one of the following countries: France, Italy, Mexico, UK or the US.
All legal entities are welcomed as far as they meet the below criteria:
• Creating social impact/value by:
- Preventing or responding to violence against women through service provision
- Empowering/protecting women affected by or at risk of violence
• Applying sustainable economic/business model
• Reinvesting profit to achieve social purposes
• Involving entrepreneurs and co-founders on a full-time basis
• Projects that include men in combatting violence against women will also be examined
All applications must be submitted online, by midnight (GMT+1) on September 30, 2017. You are free to answer in English, French, Spanish or Italian. Applicants will be contacted by the end of October 2017, with more information on the selection process. The winners of the Kering Foundation Awards will be announced at the beginning of 2018. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
* The Kering Foundation Awards will soon be launched in China and Hong Kong, terms and conditions to be communicated later.