How can we help Shape a Better Future?

By giving young innovators a platform to channel their compassion into action. By amplifying their creativity and scaling impact. And by working together to tackle challenges, one city at a time.  

Four years ago, The Coca-Cola Company launched the Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge – a competition for acceleration funding, exclusively for members of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum.

Today, we are excited to officially open the 2016 Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge!

Between now and June 30, Global Shapers are invited to submit programs that address the world’s most challenging problems, with the opportunity to win money to expand their initiatives.

Past Shaping a Better Future winners have gone on to provide solar lighting to school children in Kenya, lifesaving technology for hospital patients in India, and most recently, critical community support in post-earthquake Nepal.


Nairobi and Rome Hubs – 2013 Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grand Prize Winner – “Powering Education”

Chandigarh Hub – 2014 Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grand Prize Winner – “BloodDonor.me”

Kathmandu Hub - 2015 Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grand Prize Winner - “Nepal Earthquake Relief Project”

The 2015 Shaping a Better Future Grand Prize Winners from Kathmandu Hub were recognized for their “Nepal Earthquake Relief” project by Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, at the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos.

At The Coca-Cola Company, we believe in leading through action, and we are proud to partner a community that shares, and indeed, embodies this approach to bettering their communities and world.

Four Winners of the Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge will receive:

  • $10,000 in acceleration grant funding

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • $10,000 in acceleration grant funding
  • Plus special engagement and project amplification opportunities with senior Coca-Cola leaders

The application is all online, straightforward and simple. Check it out at https://www.cocacolashapingabetterfuture.com/.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Only Global Shaper Hub projects will be considered. Individual projects are not eligible.
  • Joint Hub projects will be considered.
  • One application per Hub.
  • The project must have been started by the time you apply.

Applications need to cover the following factors:

  • The problem being addressed by the Hub project.
  • The solution it intends to create to solve this problem.
  • The team and roles / responsibilities.
  • The expected impact of the Hub project on the community (number of beneficiaries, indirect benefits).
  • How the Hub would use a $10,000 grant to further develop and scale the Hub project.

The criterion for selecting Winners is based on the following factors:

  • Severity of issue addressed
  • Number of lives positively impacted by the Hub project
  • Efficiency of solution
  • Scalability of the Hub project and potential for replication

The Coca-Cola Company is an Impact Partner of the Global Shapers Community. With nearly 6,000 members, the Global Shapers Community is a network of 450+ city-based Hubs around the world, developed and led by young people (18-32yo) who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.