Barbra Rudolph Wins 3rd Place in 'Your Big Year' Global Social Entrepreneurship Challenge
The winner of the 'Your Big Year' Global Social Entrepreneurship Challenge was unveiled at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress last week. We were keeping a close eye on the result: as we reported recently, eight of the sixteen finalists were women.
On the day it was announced that Charles Batte, 24, from Uganda had beaten off competition from over 60,000 of the world’s top young social entrepreneurs to be named winner of the prestigious competition.
Charles will now embark on a life changing year which will see him fulfill the role of global ambassador for social entrepreneurship. Having grown up in the slums of Kamwokya surrounded by drug addictions, unemployment and crime, at the age of 20 Charles set up a farm that produces maize and beans which now employs 50 people and provides food for thousands more. You can read more about Charles here.
In third place, 21-year old New Yorker Barba Rudolph (pictured) was the only female in the top three finalists. Having travelled extensively in South America, getting involved with humanitarian efforts there, Barbra co-founded MAP_Collective, a philanthropic endeavour that pools creativity and talent from different sectors in order to fundraise and promote awareness about important social issues around the globe.
Barbra had this to say to The NextWomen about MAP_Collective and the Your Big Year Competition:
"I'm a student at NYU and earlier this year I co-founded MAP_Collective. Inspired by the energy and potential of my peers, I felt that our collaborative efforts could really make a tangible difference.
"It strikes me that the Many is more powerful than the One. Each member of the Collective brings to the table their own interests, background, and skills set: key factors in our collaborative mindset. We are minds unscarred by the paralyzing fear of failure inherited by those who have been told they can not do. What makes us different? We are naive enough to believe we can; bold enough to try.
"Our upcoming event, Art Slam, incorporates music, the work of multiple photographers, and several poets. Though composed of multiple and separate works of varied mediums, the Slam is itself a work to be appreciated. In bringing together various forms of expression, attendees are more than simply bearing witness to an outburst of humanity; by virtue of attending, they too participate in the cultivation of collective energy. Such an experience is available for one night only. Profits are divided and used towards two goals: 1) humanitarian ends the Collective has previously agreed upon, and 2) to fund future events, which will vary in style, form, and content. It should be noted that it is not strictly art we are trained at propagating, but creation. We are interested in the power of creativity; a commodity too often ignored. A block party, a YouTube video, and an art slam share at least one thing in common- all three generate energy amongst the youthful; energy which can be harnessed. There are those of us itching to ignite the world with the passion that burns inside us. MAP_Collective specializes in providing such souls with kindling. MAP_Collective: Maximize All Potential.
"Although I didn't win Your Big Year, participating really exposed me to a lot of new things and people. It really gave me the confidence to think big, really big.
"Needless to say, I returned home more confident than ever and with new vigor for investing into the development of the Collective.
"A future goal of the Collective is to hold a new event every month and to increase productivity in both the creativity and humanitarian realms, as we believe these worlds are not mutually exclusive. Our aim is to expand the scope of the Collective beyond the regional, and incorporate collaborators and involvement from a multitude of cultural backgrounds. I am also looking forward to the MAP_Collective getting involved with Merit*13, Smaller Earth's newest endeavor
"This is a grassroots endeavor but we are working on developing an online presence. Follow us on Twitter @MAP_Collective".
Smaller Earth's Your Big Year is a global talent programme that gives young entrepreneurs from around the world the chance to win the unique year-long placement. This year the competition, which is run by Liverpool-based entrepreneur Chris Arnold and sponsored by Mazaars, received over 60,000 entries from 221 countries. 16 finalists from 14 countries were selected to be flown to England where they took part in a week of business, media and social enterprise challenges which included pitching to the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Sir Terry Leahy and Martha Lane Fox.
Smaller Earth’s purpose is "to inspire people to go further", a deliberate play on the fact that their participants are going to go further both physically and on their personal development journey too. With offices all over the world they have a truly global reach and perspective allowing them to deliver this purpose.
Tony Treacy, a member of the judging panel and marketing director of Your Big Year sponsor, accountancy firm Mazars said: “It has been a privilege to spend the last week watching the finalists compete. Without exception they all demonstrated remarkable determination, resourcefulness, commercial aptitude and respect for each other: it was a pleasure to see true entrepreneurial spirit in action".
Image courtesy of Melissa Stewart.
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