Competition Details

Guidelines

  • 500-1000 words
  • Written in English
  • Microsoft Word or Text format
  • Double-spaced, size 12 Times New Roman font
  • Joint authorship is permitted
    • Each co-author's personal information must be submitted with the narrative
  • More than one submission is permitted per person
  • A separate cover page or first page must be created that includes the following:
    • Narrative title. The narrative title must be included at the top of each subsequent page.
    • Author's name(s). References to the author(s) must not appear anywhere in the narrative text or footnotes.
    • Author's contact information including email address(es)
    • Clearly indicate whether it is a Developing Country Business or Developed Country Business
  • Appendix describing or illustrating the economic viability of the business. In other words, please describe in detail how revenue will be generated, costs incurred, profit margins, and break-even analysis. Only one page is permitted and it is not included in the word count. **New Requirement**
  • Footnoted references for facts or statistics
  • Illustrations or photos are optional and must be the property of the author(s)
  • All essays must be the original work of the author(s). No previously published material will be accepted. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
    Eligibility
    Open to all professionals and students. No geographic restrictions. This competition may be of particular interest to students of business, development, journalism and the social sciences working in unique situations for the summer or exposed to unique experiences in economically challenged areas of the world.

    Awards

    Winners will be announced on or about May 1, 2011. The winners will be asked to submit a short biography and photo to be used in publicity. The award will be presented to the author(s). We reserve the right not to award all categories in the event that the quality of submissions inadequate.

    Developing Country Businesses - Sponsored by the Office of Microenterprise Development in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade, and USAID.

    1st Place
    • $4000 USD
    • Submission published on Cornell's Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise website
    • Leading participant in USAID's Speaker's Corner (dates to be determined)
    2nd Place
    • $2000 USD
    • Submission published on Cornell's Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise website
    • Leading participant in USAID's Speaker's Corner (dates to be determined)
    3rd Place
    • $1000 USD
    • Submission published on Cornell's Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise website
    • Leading participant in USAID's Speaker's Corner (dates to be determined)

    Judging

    Submissions will be reviewed though a double blind process. Judges will be looking at the following criteria when reviewing the submissions: quality of the writing (grammatically correct, logical, etc.); whether or not it is an innovative business model; is it economically viable; and does it take into consideration the social and/or environmental impact of the business; and whether or not it is scalable/replicable in other regions.

    Submissions & Inquiries

    Submission: Submissions are to be submitted online here.

    Deadline: Midnight, January 19, 2011.

    If access to the internet is unavailable submissions can be mailed and must be post marked no later than January 19, 2011. Mail to:

    BoP Narrative Competition
    Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise
    Cornell University
    142 Sage Hall
    Ithaca, NY 14853

    Inquiries: Please direct inquiries to bop@johnson.cornell.edu
    The subject line should read "BoP Narrative Competition Inquiry."