Now in its sixth year, World Challenge is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grassroots level. World Challenge is brought to you by BBC World News and Newsweek, in association with Shell and is about championing and rewarding projects and businesses which really make a difference.

The deadline to submit nominations is 13 June 2010.

Who can be nominated?

BBC World Challenge are looking for your nominations for innovative projects or ideas that demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit working for the benefit of the community whilst adopting a responsible approach.
  • Projects/small businesses that show initiative, the innovative use of technology or an invention.
  • Projects/small businesses that increase investment into the local community.
  • Projects/small businesses that take a responsible approach to the environment in which they are operating.

Make your nominations here


The winner of the World Challenge 2010 will receive a grant of US$20,000. The second and third Finalist will each receive a grant US$10,000. The grants are awarded to projects/small businesses for their own use and furtherance of their enterprise only.

In the event of a tie for first place, the top two Finalists will receive a grant of US$15,000 each and the third Finalist will receive a grant of US$10,000.

Each grant will be awarded to the relevant project/small business and one person will be nominated by each project/small business to accept the grant on its behalf ('Representatives'). BBC World News, accepts no obligation to any other people linked to the project/small business.

The Representatives will be invited to attend a ceremony at a venue in the Netherlands to receive the grants. The grants will be awarded by BBC World News and the ceremony will be filmed and shown as the last programme in the World Challenge series on the BBC World News channel ("Ceremony").

Each Representative will receive one fully paid economy class return flight to the Netherlands, accommodation for the duration of the Ceremony, and transfers to and from the Ceremony. The Representatives will be responsible for ensuring that they fulfil Dutch entry requirements, including without limitation, being in possession of a valid passport and obtaining any visa that they may require. In addition the Representatives will bear all other expenses incurred on the trip, including without limitation: any necessary vaccinations, insurance and unlisted transfers, phone calls and other services within the accommodation and any shopping and meal expenses.

BBC World News reserves the right to cancel or change the details of the Ceremony without prior notice.


1. Nomination Stage - 15th March 2010 until 13th June 2010
Nominations are open on 15th March 2010 and must be received by midnight on 13th June 2010. During this stage BBC World News and Newsweek will be profiling the 12 finalists chosen in the competition last year. These are great examples of the types of projects/small businesses World Challenge is looking for.

2. Judging Stage - 14th June 2010 to 5th July 2010
From all the entries that we receive, a representative of BBC World News and the Producers will select a shortlist of 35 entries for the judging panel to consider. The judging panel will pick 12 finalists. Details of the finalists of World Challenge will be published on this website on 12th July 2010.

3. Voting Stage - 27th September 2010 – 12th November 2010
The finalists of World Challenge will be profiled on BBC World News in six 30 minute programmes. You can vote for your favourite project/business on this website. Voting will open on 27th September 2010 and will close at midnight (GMT) on 12th November 2010.

4. Winners Announced - 4th December 2010
The Winner and two runners up of World Challenge will be announced in an awards ceremony held in the Netherlands. The awards ceremony will be broadcast on 4th December 2010 on BBC World News and announced on the website on the same day and profiled in Newsweek magazine in the 21st December issue which will be on sale on 14th December 2010

Further information

To read more about the World Challenge 2010 go to:

Registered Office
BBC World News Limited
Media Centre, Media Village
201 Wood Lane
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Email: World Challenge at: worldchallengeteam at