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Google launches £2m hunt for Britain’s most innovative social entrepreneurs

How would you use technology to change the world? If you are a British non-profit, Google is inviting you to tell them how you would use innovation to solve a specific social issue on a grand scale.

On 25 March,Google launched the Global Impact Challenge, inviting British non-profits to tell them how they would use technology to transform lives. The top four submissions will each receive a £500,000 Global Impact Award, as well as mentoring and support to help make their project a reality.

From conceiving 24-hour counselling helplines to cracking the human genome and designing computer games that help in the fight against diseases, British social entrepreneurs have developed technology-based solutions that have fundamentally changed the world. Google is launching the Global Impact Challenge to help kick-start the next wave of ideas.

Applications are open until 17 April. British non-profits are invited to apply online at: globalimpactchallenge.withgoogle.com.  A team from Google will review applications and announce ten finalists on the same website in mid May. The public will then be invited to learn more about the finalists, cast a vote for their favourite and donate directly to any project they wish to support.

The final event on 3 June will feature a judging panel made up of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Jilly Forster and Sir Richard Branson, as well as Google’s Matt Brittin and Jacqueline Fuller, who will select three awardees. The fourth awardee, based on online votes from the public, will also be revealed.

Jilly Forster, judge and founder of Forster Communications said:

“The harder the task, the greater the opportunity. Solutions can be found. People can change. They just need the right support. That’s why I’m happy to be on the Challenge judging panel; the Award presents an important chance for turning innovative thinking – that I know exists in the UK’s non-profit sector – into influential, life-transforming reality.”

Matt Brittin, Google’s Vice President for Northern and Central Europe said:

“Over the years Google has sought to support great organisations that are using innovation and technology to improve the lives of millions around the world. With this new Challenge, Britain’s non-profits will have the chance to make their own pitch for why they deserve the money. We can’t wait to see their ideas.”

In addition to financially supporting four exceptional projects, Google is keen to highlight the work of the UK non-profit community. Google believes technology can help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and is eager to back innovators who are using technology to make an impact.