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BeChangeMaker 2018

Social Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programme
Inspiring action on global challenges through social entrepreneurship and the power of skills.


2 April 2018


8 June 2018


15 June 2018


15-18 October 2018

Live pitch finale in Amsterdam

18 October 2018

The final five teams presented their business ideas live during the WorldSkills General Assembly in Amsterdam.

Three teams each won a prize of EUR 1,000 from WorldSkills and the HP Foundation as well as business and incubator support to further develop their innovations and bring them to market.



A plan to recycle rice straw into products like biofuels and pup for paper manufacture.


Second place

A device to recycle household waste water.


Third place

An electronic glove capable of translating sign language into text and audio words for deaf and mute people.

Uroborus (Guatemala and Honduras)
”WorldSkills enabled us to develop and streamline our ideas in order to create a concrete framework for our sustainable business.”
— Uroborus (Guatemala and Honduras),winner of BeChangeMaker 2018
“BeChangeMaker was an amazing opportunity for us to further our idea and expand our knowledge in various ways to improve our product and reach to the people in need”.
— Sirius (Syria), winner of BeChangeMaker 2018
Sirius (Syria), winner of BeChangeMaker 2018


Organizing team

BeChangeMaker 2018

Debbie Ledbetter

Debbie is the HP LIFE Partnership Manager for the HP Foundation, leading the HP LIFE programme that offers 28 free online courses in 7 languages to build key business competencies. With the great support from the HP Foundation, Debbie works closely with WorldSkills on the creation and implementation of BeChangeMaker.

Grace Lung

Grace is the Senior Partnership and Projects Manager at WorldSkills, which is the global hub for skills excellence and development. She works closely with the HP Foundation on the creation and implementation of BeChangeMaker to offer opportunities to youth for career building and transforming the way we think about social change and the use of skills.

Michal Jirasek

Michal is the CEO of Gamified Startup and the creator of the Gamified Startup Toolkit. He supports startups, social enterprises, and companies to innovate and optimize their businesses to create positive impact in the world. Michal is the coach for BeChangeMaker 2018.

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