The IACC Social Entrepreneurs Initiative

A Global Competition

The competition winners have been announced. If you weren’t present at the Gala Dinner on 9 November in Brasilia to meet the competition winners and their projects, check out The Winners page to learn more.

About this Initiative

Ready to Fight Corruption?

In a nutshell, we are looking for actors who are motivated to solve social problems and develop new methods, tools and projects to fight corruption. Here’s why: First generation tools to fight corruption are continuously being regurgitated, adapted and implemented across the globe – it’s time to focus on devising new tools and creative means to crack corruption.

Through the IACC Social Entrepreneurship Initiative and together with our partners, Ashoka, we launched a competition calling for new project ideas to boost transparency, accountability and fight corruption. The competition winners are awarded a mini-grant of 5,000 Euros to support the kick-off and implementation of their new anti-corruption project.

What the Winners Receive

  • A mini-grant of 5000 Euros to implement your new transparency project
  • Anti-corruption expertise on tap: Access to a wide range of experts in the field of accountability and transparency and IACC Game Changers platform
  • Come to Brazil and participate at the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference (7-10 November 2012 in Brasilia) where there was an award ceremony with the Jury and the competition winners (opening remarks by Kavitha Kannan of Stanford Changelabs)

How People Applied

Here is a short overview of what we asked of people in the application process.

  • In 500 words  or less, tell a story of change and let us know what motivates you to fight corruption
  • In 500 words or less, describe the project in an elevator pitch
  • An impact map asking to fill out  the context of the problem you are trying to solve, project objectives, stakeholders and deliverables
  • A budget indicating what the grant will support

If you are interested in applying in the future, start designing your project now. You can find the precise details on the steps related to our application process here, on the Apply Now page

Transparency International Summer School on Integrity

In 2012, the IACC SEI Initiative teamed up with the Transparency International Summer School on Integrity in Vilnius because we share the same mission: we aim at directly addressing the subject of corruption and how to fight it. The Summer School is for students, graduates and young professionals. In 2012, the event hosted almost one hundred students from 38 countries and during the sessions, we invited the students to compete in the SEI initiative and pitch projects. Three projects were also awarded grants to support their implementation.


We are no longer accepting projects pitches for the 2012 competition. Watch this space and our social media tools for info on upcoming initiatives and more opportunities with the IACC. Learn about the 2012 winners and the projects here.

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