Social Chess Entrepreneur Bootcamp

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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!

3 thoughts on “Social Chess Entrepreneur Bootcamp

  1. Hello-

    I am an American and have a couple of questions about the upcoming Social Chess Entrepeneur Bootcamp to be held in London on December 5th and 6th of 2015.

    Am I eligible for one of the six stipendia?

    Is it possible for me to get a copy of the proposals-(transcript or video). I am interested in instituting a program in the U.S.A.

    Thank you for your help.

    Best wishes,

    Keith Ruterman

    1. Hi Keith,
      even though you are not eligible for one the six ECU stipendia, you can apply for one of the remaining places.
      Please send a CV and a Brief essay on your project idea and why you are the right person to realize it until 6 October.

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