Microsoft have launched Internet Explorer 8 Life Academy to help 18 – 25 year olds with ambitions to be the next Bill Gates, Bear Gryls or Banksy to win one of three £10,000 grants.
From the environment to the arts, Internet Explorer 8 Life Academy wants 18 – 25 year olds to pitch a socially responsible idea for one of three categories. If entrants impress the high profile judging panel they will be rewarded with £10,000 to help make their idea into reality.
Categories include the:
• Adventurer Explorer Grant for travel, adventure or environmental projects
• Online Venture Explorer Grant for budding technology & business entrepreneurs
• Creativity Explorer Grant for creative, media and arts-based ideas
Julia Owen, Internet Explorer Product Manager, Microsoft said: “Students today have grown up with the internet, and Internet Explorer has grown with them, bringing a wealth of possibilities and experiences and helping to support them explore their future potential.
“Universities and colleges are a hothouse for some great ideas for all different sectors from the arts to science and business to education. The internet continues to be a source of knowledge and inspiration for emerging talent and we want to continue encouraging and supporting students to explore and develop their ambitions by giving them the extra boost to get their idea off the ground.”
Entrants simply need to create a two minute video pitch of their idea – filmed using their mobile if they like – and upload it to the grant website at www.lifeacademy.uk.com by the closing date, 27th May.
All entrants need to communicate how their ideas reflect aspects of social responsibility and/ or philanthropy to society.
Twelve finalists will be shortlisted on 15 June 2010 to pitch their idea live in front of a high profile panel of judges consisting of figures from the business, online and media world including Professor Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society at Imperial College London. Three finalists will be picked and win a £10,000 grant each to bring their ideas to life.