Social and environmental issues have been a major concern for SQLI in recent years. It has chosen to make an active commitment to the Live for Good association which aims to make the vision and projects of young social entrepreneurs reality. The Group thus makes all its technological, digital marketing and communication skills available to the association to support it in its mission. This year, the Live for Good association is launching its first annual competition, the Prix Gabriel, which will reward innovative supportive projects.
Prix Gabriel: social entrepreneurship Booster
This year, the Live for Good association is launching its competition to give entrepreneurs under the age of 26 the means to follow-through their social or environmental project. It is aimed at young people who, through their atypical profile or career, are far removed from the usual support and funding schemes open to social entrepreneurship: under- or not qualified, from working class neighbourhoods, disabled, refugees, etc.Live for Good, which is positioned as a booster of pre-formalised concepts, offers the prizewinners of Prix Gabriel a set of human and material resources:
- A customised financial grant
- Immersion in a social and professional incubator: the Social Factory
- Mentoring: experts will guide them and share their know-how with them
- Access to the technological platform hosted on Microsoft's Azure cloud, which will enable candidates to implement their project digitally (create web and mobile apps, provide Virtual Machine scenarios, connect devices and individuals - Internet of Objects -, implement large-scale workloads, test, stock, etc.)
Jacques Attali will chair the Prix Gabriel Jury: "By giving young social entrepreneurs the resources they need to fulfil their potential, Live for Good contributes to building a better world and thus stands as a committed player in the positive economy."
Participants have until 8th July 2016 to submit their project.
SQLI: A committed digital player
Aware of social and environmental issues and of the important role it has to play to provide the most efficient solutions, the SQLI Group and its employees have deployed various initiatives over the past few years to protect the environment and are also committed to concrete actions to back up associations, particularly those working with children, such as Make a Wish, Ela, SOS Villages d’Enfants and Le Rire Médecin.SQLI continues its action this year and will be organising "The Month of Solidarity" in June within the company, involving all its personnel.
Over and above this action, SQLI is making a long-term commitment to Live for Good by providing all its digital expertise - technology and marketing - as part of a multi-faceted partnership:
- Mentoring: staff will guide the prizewinners and share their know-how with them
- Digital expertise: one of its teams is in charge of improving ergonomics and the user interface of the association's website. A technical team welcomes the association's two project managers at the Group's head office. They therefore receive effective support for their mission (in the Meteor open-source framework, for example)
- Support of candidates and members of the association
- Networking with partners
- Communication, to promote the association, its mission and the Prix Gabriel by all possible means.
SQLI has therefore set itself the goal of helping Live for Good attract participants to its competition, by appealing to its employees:
- Suggesting that they enter (for young employees matching the profile)
- Encouraging them to pass on the information: employees are invited to create a buzz around them to publicise the Prix Gabriel to young people in their circle and inspire them to enter.
The Live for Good association: "Live for real", "Live forever", "Live for the Good of others"
Live for Good is convinced that social entrepreneurship can really contribute to a better world. The association helps set up the projects of young talents by relying on three pillars:
- The diversity of profiles: one of the keys to finding innovative solutions adapted to major social and environmental issues;
- The leverage of digital technology: to kick start social companies and increase their impact;
- The richness of an ecosystem: all players are brought together to implement projects (associations, companies, volunteers, mentors and donors).
"At Live for Good, we rely on digital technology to kick start social companies and increase their impact," declares Jean-Philippe Courtois, co-founder of Live for Good and President of Microsoft International.To find out more about Live for Good.