We are in an unprecedented time of change. The future is both exciting and daunting. 

Now, more than ever, having the right skills to succeed is vitally important to ensure everyone can thrive. 

Ashoka and HSBC recognize the power of social entrepreneurs to help develop the skills needed to plan for a successful future, both financially and through meaningful employment. 

That’s why today we are launching the Future Skills Innovation Challenge, an international competition aimed at recognising, supporting and nurturing the best social entrepreneurs and their innovations. 

Skills for the Future 

What are future skills? These are competencies that increase financial capability and employability skills— equipping our communities play an active role in the economy of the future. 

Financial capability means having the skills, attitudes and tools needed to manage money effectively. 

Employability is a set of achievements, understandings and attributes that make individuals more likely to gain employment and to be successful in their chosen occupations. 

To thrive in the future, communities and individuals will need these essential skills. 
 

The Future Skills Innovation Challenge

Ashoka and HSBC searched the globe and selected social entrepreneurs who founder or co-founder of an initiatives which address a specific financial capability or employability need through innovation. We looked for innovators helping their community develop new skills to manage their money successfully and boost their chances of meaningful employment.

On May 27th, we announced the 12 winners of the Future Skills Innovation Challenge, all social entrepreneurs shaping a post-pandemic economy where everyone can access opportunities and where people have the skills to thrive in a rapidly-changing world. 

These 12 social innovators has access an innovation fund and for mentorship from HSBC and Ashoka experts. Meet the winning ideas here!

Meet the HSBC Future Skills Innovation Challenge Winners!

Twelve social entrepreneurs who are shaping a post-pandemic economy where everyone can access opportunities and where people have the skills to thrive in a rapidly-changing world
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