March 25, 2013 is the date that should be highlighted on the notebook of every aspiring social entrepreneur. Indeed, next Monday Italian Business and Investment Initiative Youth will officialise the launch of its call for ideas "Social App Italia" in partnership with Mind the Bridge (here the website). The initiative aims at spotting a brilliant idea and a great team to turn them into a real app and a new Venture.
More in detail, Social App Italia is the first Italian call for ideas for apps with a tangible impact on society. The mechanism is fairly straightforward: you have an idea for a social app, you post the business plan online, the best teams present a pitch and the winner sees its idea turned into a real app by a task force of professional developers. Furthermore, the winning social entrepreneurs will receive all the support that they need to launch a real startup project around their app: ? 50,000 in services from Windows Azure, promotion on Microsoft channels and the managerial support of "Italian Business and Investment Initiative Youth".
In addition, Mind the Bridge will award the leader of the winning team with a scholarship for its Startup School. It includes a three-week program in San Francisco that provides theoretical and experiential learning on what it's like to be a Silicon Valley startup and gives him or her the chance to further develop the new venture.
High-profile actors in the Italian entrepreneurship and innovation scene will join the evaluation committee: Alberto Onetti (Mind the Bridge founder), Gianluca Dettori (DPixel founder), Mario Fontana (Microsoft BizSpark) and Davide Agazzi (Change Makers for EXPO 2015) just to name a few.
The perfect mechanism to spot the next Italian social entrepreneur is in place; next move is to Italian youth.