Theirworld Innovation Scale-Up Awards now open!

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Theirworld Innovation Scale-Up Awards

Unlock your education innovation with Theirworld

Are you working hard to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable young people through education innovations and entrepreneurship? Does your organisation have ambitions to take those ideas and projects to the next level?

Theirworld’s Education Innovation Scale-Up Awards are recruiting a second cohort of participants. Selected innovative and exciting programmes will be supported to prepare to scale up and reach even more children and youth. Open to registered non-profits, NGOs and charities, three winners will be awarded an opportunity to build their skills and capacities through masterclasses, one-to-one mentoring and £80,000 grants to support the scaling-up of their work.

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Innovation, Investment, Inspiration


For more than 20 years Theirworld has been partnering with organisations to help every child have the best start in life, a safe place to learn and skills for the future.

We value collaboration and want to work with leaders, changemakers and innovators who have exciting projects to fuel this change.


In this round, Theirworld is awarding £80,000 grants to three organisations actively working towards reaching marginalised learners. While projects can come from any country, we will prioritise applications that have impact in, or intend to scale to, one or more countries where we have existing projects. (See map)


Theirworld values education at all levels and wants to ensure that participating organisations learn from this Award.
We will offer an intensive masterclass programme and bespoke mentoring to the Awards winners, to help them build connections and hone the skills needed to scale up an innovation.

Benefits of the programme

What’s included:

  • Masterclasses
  • Bespoke mentoring
  • Scale-ready grant of £80,000

Innovation is key to ending the global education crisis. We need new ways to deliver education and to achieve Theirworld’s mission of unlocking big change.

Theirworld Chair, Sarah Brown

What previous winners have valued most:

Carving out time. Our programme will help you step outside the daily whirlwind and take time to reflect and plan ahead, supported by high-quality technical experts and mentors.

Developing your team. The masterclasses and mentoring, and the tools that accompany them, will build your team’s knowledge and skills.

Investment. The grant element is designed to help you develop your pilot, invest in evaluation and complete other activities to prepare for scale-up.

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If you know someone who would be a good fit, please share the opportunity with them.

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