Deadline extension at the Changemaking Program Call for Teams: Social Entrepreneurship & Romani Inclusion

November 5, 2020

The Changemaking Program at Central European University (CEU) is a new initiative designed to invite entrepreneurially minded CEU students and alumni to establish a new start-up venture working to address challenges facing Roma communities. The Romani Studies Program extended the deadline of the application until December 6, 2020. 

The Challenge

Teams will devise their own Changemaking social entrepreneurship initiative, balancing broad social impact, commercial viability and Romani social mobility by pursuing a single concept from ideation through to delivery, with the potential to scale beyond the lifespan of the program. Priority themes for projects include increasing access to work experience, professional networks and cultural capital, combatting social stigmas, and harnessing existing but underutilized skills within the Romani community. Teams will have their own vision for a new project or may also be working on a recently established initiative. Through the program, all teams will benefit from a tailored upskilling and professional development plan, including: 


·      Business planning training

·      High quality teaching and resources 

·      Coaching & mentorship

·      Global networking opportunities 

·      Bespoke guidance on how to turn ideas into actions


The six-month program will be delivered online by CEU’s Romani Studies Program and the Innovation Lab (the iLab), with the possibility of blended learning dependent on COVID-19 restrictions. CEU’s iLab was established to create economic opportunity in Central and Eastern European by nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship and linking academia with industry, and was recently voted Hungary's best incubator at the Central European Start-up Awards.


Eligibility Criteria and Application Process

The Changemaking Program welcomes applications from teams of between two and five people. At least one team member must be a current CEU student or alumnus. Teams will develop and implement a new business venture which has a significant social impact on the Romani community, with a focus on increasing employability. Team members will be expected to work on their project for at least 8 hours per week. CEU Romani Studies Program and iLab will oversee pre-selection. Teams should consider the following criteria in their application: 


Relevance: How relevant is your solution to the chosen social issue? 

Innovation: What is the core insight or innovation that differentiates your solution?

Impact: How will your solution improve lives? Is the solution rooted in research?

Scalability: If successful, can your solution be replicated nationally, regionally, or globally? 

Feasibility: Do you have a plan to implement your solution, and is it financially viable?


Please submit your application no later than December 6, 2020 to and attach the following as a single PDF file:


·      Concept Summary (max. 2 pages)

·      Group Resume (max. 2 pages)

·      Motivation Letter (max. 500 words)

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