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)
- Kevin Cripe (USA)
- Tal Granite (Canada)
- Balazs Kecskemeti (UK)
- Monika Korenova (Czech Republic)
- Patrick Reinwald (Austria)
- Erzsebet Sarlos (Hungary)
- Hedinn Steingrimsson (Iceland)
- Marisa van der Merwe (South Africa)
- Kajetan Wandowicz (UK)
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.