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The Canadian edition of the Global Challenge is now open. Register your school!

In partnership with the
Skoll Centre at the University of Oxford and the Trico Charitable Foundation, we’re inviting Canadian higher education institutions to run the Global Challenge at their school, with the support of tools provided by the Skoll Centre. The Global Challenge offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to learn more about the issues they care about and present their findings to the world.

Why run a Challenge at your School?

Your students will have the opportunity to:

  • Join the Global Challenge network, with access to new ideas, learning tools and resources
  • Win one of two cash prizes of $2,500 at the Canadian final event
  • Present their findings at the Global Challenge Final at the University of Oxford, UK (this opportunity is for the two winners of the Canadian final – April 30-May1, 2017)
  • Win one of three cash prizes at the UK Global Challenge Final
  • Win tickets to the 2018 Skoll World Forum On Social Entrepreneurship

The two winning Canadian teams/individuals will also have the chance to
apply for up to $10,000 each to run Apprenticing with a Problem—funding to further their Challenge findings by doing a secondment, research project, or internship.

Information Session

On Wednesday, October 5 at 12pm (EDT) join us for an information session to learn more about running a Challenge at your school. We’ll be joined by the Skoll Centre to answer questions and guide you through the process.
Connect with us at if you’d like to participate, and join the webinar via webex here (access code: 927 038 825; audio connection: 1-844-426-4403).


The Global Challenge is open to all higher education students, including undergraduates, graduates, doctoral students, and recent graduates who completed their studies within 12 months of the competition. We do not distinguish between degree/diploma subjects and levels when marking submissions as we are looking for the strongest submissions, regardless of a student’s age or subject area, though each partner institution is welcome to set their own application requirements.

What is the cost?

This is a not-for-profit initiative. Through the support of RECODE and the Trico Charitable Foundation, core competition costs such as content development, final event costs, the costs to bring in high-calibre global judges, transportation and prize money are covered. We are seeking a contribution of $1,500 CAD from participating institutions.
Travel and accommodation to the Oxford Global Challenge Final will be covered for the two teams that win the Canadian final.

Key Dates

October 14, 2016 — Register your institution

To participate in the 2017 Global Challenge, register your institution using our online form
by October 14th.


The Global Challenge is open to all Higher Education institutions in Canada.Once registered, and you have committed to provide the $1,500 CAD participation fee, you will receive an information pack which includes guidance documents, recommended timelines and processes, judging criteria, and a editable poster for promotion to your students.

October 20 – December 20, 2016 — Student registration open

We will send you the link to an online form where students can register to participate in the Challenge. Students are required to submit their proposed topic and the names of the individual or team members wishing to participate.
The Oxford team will send you periodic updates on how many of your students have registered, and the final list of registered students. This gives you an opportunity to provide students with feedback on the suitability of their chosen topic so that any adjustments may be made before the final submissions deadline in early February.

February 6, 2017 — Final student submissions

Students must submit their final materials for review by your local judging committee through a channel of your choice. We ask that you share all applications with the Oxford team, for our records.

February 6 – 24, 2017 — Shortlisting and selection by judges

Each institution may determine who will review and select their students’ entries to the Global Challenge – we recommend a panel of at least 3 experienced judges, including someone from the centre/department managing the Challenge at your institution. Your institution may wish to hold a local pitching event, or select the winner through review of submissions alone.
Once selected, your institution’s winning team or individual will be invited to the Canadian final competition taking place in March.

March 24-25, 2017 — Canadian final pitching competition (Calgary)

At the national competition, teams from across Canada will compete to win a place at the Global Challenge Final in Oxford.
The two winning teams or individuals from the Canadian final will receive prize money and be invited to the Global Challenge Final event in Oxford.

April 30 – May 1, 2017 — Oxford Global Challenge Final event

The final event will be held at the University of Oxford, UK, where teams from all over the world will pitch for the three top prizes.
Participants will benefit from personalised feedback from a panel of expert judges, who work in impact-focused organizations such as private foundations, impact investment firms and social enterprises. Furthermore, finalists will have the opportunity to build relationships with students from a range of other schools, all of whom are passionate about positive social change.
In addition to the final pitch event, finalists will attend a gala dinner in Oxford, where they will be addressed by an influential social impact leader. The Global Challenge Champion from the partner institution or other representative is welcome to join the winning team in Oxford.

For more information about The Global Challenge, visit

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