The IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge 2015 was an Impact Enterprise (IE) competition accelerating Asia’s inclusive peacebuilding agenda by identifying and supporting IEs working to empower women, engage youth, and catalyze innovation and technology in a scalable and sustainable way.
By strengthening economic, social and political capacities, this process creates scalable, sustainable and inclusive outcomes for peace, effectively reducing the risk of lapsing or relapsing into conflict.
We accepted applicants from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Philippines
The Challenge was a platform for existing mission-driven social enterprises, SMEs with positive social impact, and non-profits that generate revenue to:
Showcase the positive impact they are creating to transform lives
Magnify their ability to create sustainable and inclusive peace using market-based solutions.
One winner was awarded from each country. The six winning enterprises presented their solutions for peace and shared their impact story in a celebration at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 22 October 2015.
All six winners were provided with tailored mentorship, impact assessment frameworks and intensive investment readiness services to scale their impact. Winners were additionally embraced as part of IIX’s community and connected with its network of Impact Investors to help them raise capital to reach the next stage of growth.
“The winners are celebrated, not just for their own impact and peacebuilding efforts, but also for the potential they represent through their innovative and replicable models that can transform millions of lives in Asia and beyond. There are fresh possibilities here for unlocking new sources of capital to expand current peacebuilding efforts,” Durreen Shahnaz
A strong underlying theme threading through the winning enterprises was their steadfast investment in women and youth as agents for peace and development. By empowering women and youth, these enterprises enabled the most vulnerable sections of the community to become co-creators of prosperity and progress, instead of victims of conflict.
Ultimately this competition supported sustainable, scalable, inclusive peacebuilding that has long-term and transformative impact.
The IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge was a joint initiative by the N-Peace Network, United Nations Development Program, and Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX)
IIX is a leading organization in the global impact investing space
whose mission is to impact 100 million lives by 2020 by linking development with finance.
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