Village to Raise a Child Challenge 2016 (Funded to attend Igniting Innovation Summit in Harvard)

Application Deadline: June 1st 2016

Village to Raise a Child is a program established by the Harvard Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) that identifies and nurtures five young entrepreneurs from around the world. These five students—called “Global Trailblazers”—are invited to come to Harvard to attend and present their ideas at the annual Igniting Innovation Summit, giving them the tools, skills and resources they need to execute their community-based projects.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The Village to Raise a Child program is open to any student or group of students (from any country) who is currently enrolled in a high school or its equivalent.
  • Applicants must have an innovative idea or recently initiated project that attempts to solve a community-wide problem.
  • Ongoing projects must be less than two years old. Applicants do not need to speak English fluently, but familiarity with the language is preferred.
  • Students applying as a group must choose one leader to represent them for the subsequent steps of the application.

Program Fees

Applicants are not expected to pay out-of-pocket for any part of their participation in this program and selection as Global Trailblazers does NOT guarantee that VTRAC will be able to fund the student’s airfare and other related expenses.  We will do everything in our power, however, elected students must be prepared to participate in the following fundraising efforts:

Sponsorship Acquisition

Members of the VTRAC team will reach out to sponsors on behalf of the participants to fund their airfare. Students may be expected to speak directly with sponsors interested in funding their trip. VTRAC cannot guarantee that such efforts will be successful.

There will be fifteen finalists (five selected by the public through voting and the rest selected by a board of judges based on the quality of the students’ applications). Finalists will be invited for a Skype interview, after which the five Global Trailblazers will be selected.


June 1: Application and videos due
June 5: Videos published on website
June 5 – July 1: Voting period
July 5: Finalists announced
July 5 – July 20: Interviews
July 25: Winners announced
September 24: Winners arrive on Harvard’s campus
October 1: The Igniting Innovation Summit!

Apply Now for the Village to Raise a Child Challenge 2016

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Village to Raise a Child Challenge 2016


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