Apply for Forbes Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition

The Forbes Under 30 $1 Million Change the World Competition is the largest ever for young social entrepreneurs.
Five or six finalists, selected from the complete pool of competitors, will receive a cash award of $100,000 USD. They will then compete on-stage at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia on October 6, 2015 in front of 2,000 world-class mentors and the best young entrepreneurs and game-changers in the world, as culled from the Forbes 30 Under 30 lists.

The overall winner will receive at least $400,000 USD in additional cash and in-kind support, bringing their award total to at least $500,000 USD, and the overall award total to $1,000,000 USD.

The competition calls on social entrepreneurs with disruptive and scalable ideas with the potential to change the world. It is open to both nonprofit and for-profit enterprises. This is not a business plan competition organizations or companies must already be in operation and the prize money should be utilized to accelerate the most promising ideas.

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All submissions must be submitted on Applications will be screened by the Wharton Social Impact Initiative of the University of Pennsylvania. The finalists will be announced in early September, before competing on the main stage at the Forbes Under 30 Summit on October 6.

These Challenge Guidelines are part of the Challenge Specific Agreement that governs the competition and to which you must agree before making a submission. To view the Challenge Specific Agreement, click on “Submit an Entry.”

Submission Requirements

The competition submission consists of under 30 questions that require you to complete short answers, upload documents, and create short videos. Click on ‘Submit Entry’ to register for the competition and to view and to complete the submission form.

We encourage you to register for the competition as soon as possible and to make note of all submission requirements. We also suggest that you compile all components of the submission offline and then login to to upload and copy/paste your answers.

The submission deadline is August 26, 2015 at 11:59PM Eastern Time. No late entries will be accepted. Please plan ahead; to avoid any technical issues with your browser do not submit during the last few minutes.

Applicants who make the first cut-off will be asked for follow-up information; telephone interviews may be requested. Finalists will be notified by September 9 and must be able to travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from October 5-6, 2015 for the Forbes Under 30 Summit. A full-pass to the Summit will be provided; finalists are responsible for their own travel expenses. International applicants need to be mindful of visa and other logistics issues.


The challenge is open to:

  • Active social entrepreneurs who were born after October 6, 1985, who are a founder, co-founder, or top executive of their organization.
  • Applicants from anywhere in the world.
  • Those who are already actively engaged in a social enterprise this is not a business plan contest, but rather one that will reward and accelerate those entrepreneurs already making a difference.
  • Both nonprofit and for-profit social entrepreneurs finalists will come from both categories.


  • All submissions must be completed on and are due on August 26, 2015 by 11:59PM Eastern Time. No late submissions will be accepted.
  • Applicant must be a founder, co-founder, or top executive of his/her organization and must be under 30 years of age. Any applicants born on or before October 6, 1985, will be deemed ineligible.
  • All submissions and any presentation at the Forbes Under 30 Summit must be made in English. Any submissions not submitted in English will be deemed ineligible.
  • Finalists must be available to travel to Philadelphia, PA, USA on October 5-6, 2015 to participate in the Forbes Under 30 Summit.
  • Any ideas submitted by the competitor remain the intellectual property of the competitor.
  • Applications and application will be retained; information and data will be accessed only by competition partners and not sold or shared.
  • Any applications will go through a process of due diligence; any application found to be misrepresentative, plagiarized, or sharing an idea that is not their own will be automatically disqualified.
  • All ineligible applicants will be automatically removed from the competition with no recourse or reimbursement.
  • No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win the competition.

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What You Can Do To Get Involved

  • To compete, login to your HeroX account and click Submit Entry above to register for the competition. You will be notified of any status updates and be able to create an entry to the competition. (If you do not already have a HeroX account, click Join Us at the top of the page.)
  • Click on the Share button or social media icons above to share this competition with your friends, your family, or anyone you know who has a passion for social impact.
  • Leave a comment in our Comments Thread to join the conversation, ask questions or connect with other innovators.

The deadline for submissions to the Forbes Under 30 $1 Million Change the World Competition is Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at 11:59PM Eastern Time.

Click here to apply

Please Note: Challenge Guidelines are subject to change. Registered competitors will receive notification when changes are made, however, we highly encourage you to visit the Challenge Site often to review updates.

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