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Social Innovation Relay
Getting young people excited about entrepreneurship is an investment in future job creation.
Entrepreneurship can also be the path to addressing global social issues – generating not just profits but lasting social value.
Recognizing this, HP created the Social Innovation Relay in partnership with Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe (JA-YE).
This worldwide competition challenges students 15 through 18 to create innovative business concepts to help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
"We've had so much fun coming up with a business concept that can actually make a positive change in the world. Working with our HP mentor and competing with students around the world has been really cool, and we're really excited to begin working with investors and business leaders to bring our solar-powered lamp to market," said a member of the Emulsified Environmentalists team.
More than 30,000 students in 13 countries have participated in the program, supported by hundreds of HP employees who volunteer as mentors.
Student teams refine, explain, and defend their ideas guided by HP employees who act as business advisors, coaching the student team online and face-to-face.
HP mentors advise students on developing innovative concepts that have a positive social impact while also teaching:
- What social innovation really means
- How information technology can power business success and solutions to social issues
- 21st century skills like critical thinking, creativity, team-building, and collaboration
- Communication, problem-solving, and presentation skills.
Programs in action
- + - HP LIFE
- + - HP Catalyst
- + - Social Innovation Relay
- Education Innovation Fund