The British Council wants to help you actualize your dream by funding your ideas at it’s 2019 #IdeasChangeLives challenge.

The British Council is looking for people with a fresh, entrepreneurial spirit and a big idea that has the potential to make a positive impact for communities across the globe.

The British Council is the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and international opportunities. Last year, it reached 758 million people through its work across the globe.

#IdeasChangeLives is a global innovation challenge to find digital solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems.

According to The British Council, #IdeasChangeLives We believe anyone could have an idea that has the power to change lives. No matter who they are or where they are.

Do you have a great idea that can make impact in communities around the world? This competition is for you.

Enter the #IdeasChangeLives challenge. You could win a prize of £20,000 and the chance to work with the British Council’s Digital, Partnerships and Innovation team on an initiative to help us achieve one of six of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The winning pitch will get £20,000 to invest in their idea, as well as mentorship and support from the British Council for a full year.

Things to Consider:

  • The need your idea address
  • How people will benefit
  • Why it’s compelling
  • The competition
  • The tools and resources needed to turn it into a product


  • Funding to get your idea off the ground
  • Support to help you succeed
  • Mentorship for a full year


Anyone, as an Individual or an Organization.

How to Apply:

All interested entrepreneurs from across the country are invited to begin their application process for The British Council’s #IdeasChangeLives 2019 via the online registration portal. Applications are open until Friday, 10 January 2020.

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