Chivas Venture $1M Startup Competition 2020 for Social Entrepreneurs

Chivas Venture $1M Startup Competition 2020 for Social Entrepreneurs

Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Chivas Venture $1M Startup Competition 2020 for Social Entrepreneurs

Chivas Venture $1M Startup Competition 2020 for Social Entrepreneurs

The Chivas Venture is an annual competition to find and support the most promising social entrepreneurs, who use business to solve social and/or environmental issues.

Candidates must apply to the competition in one of the participating countries, for a chance to join the global final and win a share of $1million.


To enter the competition, your business must be registered in one of the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • England
  • France
  • Greece
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Poland
  • Scotland
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • USA
  • Vietnam


  • The founder, co-founder or a key decision maker must apply on behalf of the business and represent it throughout the phases of the competition. The business representative must be aged 21 years old or over (as over 31 October 2019) and speak fluent English to attend the Accelerator Programme and pitch in English.
  • Your start-up must be registered as a for-profit entity in the country you’re located. We accept entries from Seed stage (pre-revenue), Start-up stage and Growth stage, earning up to $1.5 million in annual revenue (measured from 1st September 2018 to 1st September 2019).

Make sure you read through your local Terms & Conditions for full eligibility requirements.

Chivas Venture $1M Startup Competition 2020 for Social Entrepreneurs

Chivas Venture $1M Startup Competition 2020 for Social Entrepreneurs


  1. A share of the $1million fund

If you are selected to take part in the global final, you will have the opportunity to win a share of $1 Million in funding. Each finalist will have the chance to tell us how much funding they seek and how they believe this will make a difference for their business.

The first $100,000 of the fund will be allocated by the public, via a 3-week online vote. The Finalist with the most votes will receive $50,000. The 5 Finalists with the next 5 highest numbers of votes will receive $10,000 each.

The remaining $900,000 of the fund will be allocated by the judges at the Global Final: $750,000 will be distributed amongst the top 5 finalists at the Grand Final, and $150,000 will be shared amongst the 5 Semi-Finalists and 10 Quarter-Finalists who didn’t make it to the Grand Final – see Terms & Conditions for full details.

  1. The Accelerator Programme

We are excited to be partnering with The Conduit in London, UK, to deliver a mentorship programme for those who make it to the global final. This will take place in March 2019, and will feature opportunities for the finalists to sharpen their business and pitching skills, and learn from world-class experts.

  1. Global exposure

The global finalists will feature on the Chivas Venture website, and our international campaign will reach millions of people around the world via PR & social media, offering incredible exposure to your business.

  1. Local Prizes

The Chivas Venture is an international competition and some of the participating countries may offer additional prizes. Check your local Terms & Conditions for further details


1. Apply online

We’re looking for innovative startups that use business to solve social or environmental problems.

2. Get selected to represent your country

Each application will be reviewed, and the very best from each of the participating countries will be shortlisted to take part in national finals. We collaborate with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, at the University of Oxford, to select the most promising entries.

You will be invited to pitch your business to a panel of experts, who will select a country winner to compete in the global finals.

3. Get your story heard

The first $100,000 of the Chivas Venture fund will be put into the hands of the public, during three weeks of online voting. This will be your chance to inspire people around the world and encourage them to support your startup.

4. Pitch at the Global Final

The Chivas Venture 2020 will culminate in a series of pitches where finalists will battle it out for the remainder of the $1 million in funding. You will have the opportunity to pitch in front of our expert judges as well as a live audience of business experts, influencers and change-makers.


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