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BeChangeMaker 2019

Social Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programme
Develop skills to make your business idea a reality.


19 April 2019


26 April 2019


29 April 2019


22-25 August 2019

Teams receive training, advice, and support

The Programme

Thirty teams were selected for BeChangeMaker 2019 with projects tackling a range of economic and societal challenges. Between April and August, they will have access to high-quality learning content on HP LIFE, tools and technology for startup acceleration, dedicated coaching, mentoring and customized support, as well as the opportunity to tap into a diverse global network of potential supporters and investors. The teams will pitch their ideas at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 in August where three winning teams will be chosen live. 


Technology for startup acceleration

Access to powerful tools and workflow that enable you to better collaborate with your teams, apply your learning, and create your work quickly and effectively.



Access to high-quality learning content on HP Life

Begin your journey as a social entrepreneur by taking HP LIFE online courses: Starting a Small Business, Design Thinking, Basics of Finance, Social Media Marketing, and Finding Funding.


Connection to a diverse global network

Network with teams from around the world who strive for a cause. Tap into and get connected with WorldSkills and HP’s global network of experts, mentors, potential supporters, and investors.



Dedicated coaching and customized support

Receive virtual coaching and support to accelerate your training progress, as well as regular feedback and mentoring from 56 mentors from HP global network to ensure that you are on the right track.

The programme

Kick-off session and orientation

29 April 2019

Includes coaching and the first webinar.

Progress Presentation #1

13 May 2019

Includes coaching and the second webinar.

Progress Presentation #2

27 May 2019

Includes coaching and the third webinar.

Online pitch #1

31 May 2019

Progress Presentation #3

10 June 2019

Includes preparing for the second online pitch.

Online pitch #2

17 June 2019

Final pitch

22-25 August 2019

Final pitch at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 in Russia.


BeChangeMaker 2019

Camille Caron
Camille Caron

Director Education & Sustainability, 3D Print, HP Inc

Palo Alto, United States

Diane Nicely
Diane Nicely

Strategic Partner Development - Printing and Personal Systems Group at HP Inc

Houston, United States

Kasia Witkowski
Kasia Witkowski

Director, Government Relations-Americas, HP Inc

Washington, DC, United States

Lawton Smith
Lawton Smith

Worldwide Segment Manager, Business Strategy and Operations (EMEA), HP Inc

Barcelona, Spain

Markus Schwertel
Markus Schwertel

Lead Government Relations Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, HP Inc

Berlin, Germany

Matias Matias
Matias Matias

Miami, United States

Michele Malejki
Michele Malejki

Global Head of Strategic Programs for Sustainability and Social Innovation at HP Inc

New York, United States

Paolo Dal Santo
Paolo Dal Santo

EMEA Business Development Manager for Education products and services, HP Inc

Geneva, Switzerland

Ruben Janse van Rensburg
Ruben Janse van Rensburg

Head of Sustainability for Africa, HP Inc

Johannesburg, South Africa

Stephanie Bormann

Director, HP Foundation

San Diego, United States

Organizing team

BeChangeMaker 2019

Ina Progonati

Ina is the HP LIFE Partnership Consultant for the HP Foundation, leading the HP LIFE programme that offers 30 free online courses in 7 languages to build key business competencies. Previous to HP LIFE Ina was a founding member of Global Citizen. With the great support from the HP Foundation, Ina works closely with WorldSkills on the creation and implementation of BeChangeMaker.

Grace Lung

Grace is the Senior Manager of Partnership Programmes 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 Founderscope 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 was the coach for BeChangeMaker 2018.

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BeChangeMaker 2019

HP Life logo

The HP Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that, with the help of HP employees, funds philanthropic programs for underserved communities where we live, work, and do business by supporting technology-related learning, charitable giving, volunteering, and disaster relief programs.

WorldSkills logo

WorldSkills has built a movement that is changing the lives of young people through skills. Our 80 Member organizations reach two-thirds of the world’s population and create measurable impact at every level. They build the confidence of millions of young people, empowering communities and fueling economies. WorldSkills is a movement of change.