Social applications of chess are often pioneered and developed by individuals. There is a growing spirit of social enterprise in chess and a need to professionalise. Chess in Schools and Communities and the European Chess Union (ECU) have joined forces to call the first Social Chess Entrepreneurship Bootcamp during the Chess and Society Conference.
The selected participants are:
Radislav Atanassov (Bulgaria)
Luis Blasco de la Cruz (Spain)
Monika Korenova (Czech Republic)
Patrick Reinwald (Austria)
Erzsebet Sarlos (Hungary)
Hedinn Steingrimsson (Iceland)
Marisa van der Merwe (South Africa)
The Bootcamp includes lectures and workshops on topics such as Business Plan, Finance and Fundraising and Social Media Marketing as well as a competition. An expert jury will hear the project proposals and preselect the finalists. The conference audience will then vote the best social chess project.
The first ever professional program for social entrepreneurs in chess is going to be part of the Chess and Society Conference and what we hope to be a perfect addition to our theme. The twelve best applicants will be invited for a professional crash course and a best project competition.
On Friday, 4 December, throughout the afternoon and evening, experts will lecture and give workshops on crucial topics like
- Business Plan
- Pitching and Presenting
- Social Media Marketing
- The Social Investor’s Perspective
On Saturday and Sunday, 5 and 6 December, the participants will, apart from participating in the conference, pitch their project or project idea first to an expert jury and then to the conference audience at large. The best voted project shall receive an award.
In your application you shall demonstrate why you have the skills and personal resources to be a social innovator in chess and why your participation will be an asset to this group. Your application must include a CV and an essay in English of up to 500 words on your expertise and your project or project idea and make clear what social need it is addressing. Grammar and style won´t be judged beyond that your English is good enough to participate actively. No cover letter or reference letters are required. Applications are only accepted by e-mail to
until Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 18.00 CET.
(original deadline postponed)
The stipendia, half of which are made possible by the European Chess Union, include free participation in the social entrepreneur training, competition and conference but do not include travel, accomodation and food. If you don´t have the resources to cover these costs, please add a brief letter to your application, and we may be able to help.
Successful applicants shall be informed by mid October. If you are selected you will receive reading materials and links for 10-15 hours of preparation. Please keep in mind that you will also need to be prepared to deliver a ten-minute-presentation of your project or project idea. And be ready to network at the conference.
We are looking forward to hear from you!