Project Inspire Grants for Women Projects in Asia, Middle East or Africa

Deadline: 30 June 2014
Open to: change-makers aged 18-35 years old
Grant: US$25,000


The Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard are once again joining hands to launch the Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World in 2014. As with Project Inspire 2013, this year-long digital and social media driven initiative aims to inspire young people across the world to take action to empower disadvantaged women and girls in Asia/Pacific, the Middle East or Africa through entrepreneurship and business literacy.

Launched in 2011, to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and the 25th anniversary of MasterCard Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, Project Inspire presents young people with a five-minute platform to pitch their inspired idea, for the chance to win a grant.


This is the chance for change-makers aged 18-35 years old to apply for Project Inspire. The competition is open to non-profit and non-governmental organisations, and social businesses, benefiting women and girls in Asia, the Middle East or Africa.


A US$25,000 grant will be awarded to the winning project.

Ten finalists will each receive exclusive INSEAD and Bain & Company workshops, plus one-on-one mentoring. And also:

  • 1 return flight from the finalist’s capital city to Singapore, to participate in the grand final;
  • 1 ticket to the Project Inspire grand final event on August 30, 2014;
  • 4 nights accommodation in Singapore, plus meals and transfers.


The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2014 (midnight, GMT +8). The application procedure consists in only two steps:

  1. Create a five-minute video about your project;
  2. Fill out the online form and submit it.

For further information please visit the official website.

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