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The Chivas Venture

From turning agricultural waste into a low-calorie sugar substitute and cow manure into sustainable fabric to advancing the social inclusion of migrants and refugees and access to human rights through digital identities – these are just some of the previous winners whose ranks you could join! Are you running a scalable, for-profit startup that creates positive change, and is your annual revenue under $1.5 million?

No-strings-attached funding

The Chivas Venture supports social entrepreneurs who are just starting up as well as those already growing their business. A share of the $1m fund will allow you to test your concepts, get customer traction or provide working capital to help further develop your business. On top of that, all five finalists will gain global recognition by being present at The Global Final! 

6th year running

Chivas’ founding brothers, James and John Chivas, pioneered the art of blending whisky in 19th century Scotland, and shared their success with the local community as their business grew. The Chivas Venture aims to honour their legacy and support their modern counterparts: entrepreneurs who blend profit and purpose to have a positive impact on the world.

Since the competition’s launch in 2014, Chivas Venture has supported over 100 startups, which collectively enriched the lives of more than 2 million people in over 50 countries across six continents. These entrepreneurs have provided over 34 million litres of safe drinking water, recycled over 1,300 tonnes of waste and provided 75,000 days of education for women and girls – to mention just a handful of their many accomplishments. The Chivas Venture isn’t a one-off initiative: this edition will be its sixth year running!

Global competition

The Chivas Venture is a global competition and will take place in 25 countries this year. So tell your fellow entrepreneurs in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, UK, Uruguay, USA, and Vietnam. 

Application deadline

Applications for the Netherlands are open now, until 31 October inclusive. NOTE: Different countries may have different application deadlines.