Sir Richard Branson has selected six entrepreneurship expert judges for the Virgin Global SBAU Entrepreneurship Competition and I am proud to be counted among them.
The panel of judges also includes Jane Tewson (Igniting Change), Creel Price (Co-founder of Blueprint Management Group), Peter Boyd (COO, Carbon War Room), Tony Banks (CEO, Balhousie Care Group) and Joe Polish (Founder and President of Piranha Marketing Inc.).
The Screw Business As Usual competition was launched in November 2011, designed to find ideas from around the world that are truly screwing business as usual and making the world a better place. They have had tons of amazing ideas, ranging from an ethical football Soccket that harnesses and stores energy from play for use as a power source in resource-poor areas to Rapanui, an eco-fashion brand that makes casual wear in line with the latest trends from sustainable materials, to an idea to introduce a 'Thinking Class' for air and train passengers to opt into, where passengers can donate their time and generate ideas through a virtual community platform.
Sir Richard, myself, and this great group of entrepreneurs will be responsible for judging the Top 10 ideas, as voted by the public. The winning idea will be announced on May, 14th 2012. The lucky winner will join Richard on a money-can't-buy Connection Trip to South Africa with Virgin foundation, Virgin Unite. As part of the prize, the winner will get to meet frontline leaders who are making a difference, share ideas with young entrepreneurs at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship and get to spend several days with Richard and the rest of the group, experiencing the beautiful wildlife of South Africa at Ulusaba, Sir Richard's private game reserve.
Stay tuned for the winners!