Leading blended Scotch whisky, Chivas, has announced today that due to the current global COVID-19 outbreak, this year’s Chivas Venture $1 million fund will be distributed evenly amongst the 26 global finalists with immediate effect.
Now in its sixth year, the Chivas Venture gives away $1m in no-strings funding to startups who blend profit with purpose to have a positive impact on the world. This year’s competition has seen 26 social enterprises selected from 26 countries, across five continents. The finalists – who were due to pitch for a share of the fund at a Global Final in June – will now each receive $40,000 in funding, which can be put towards creating positive change at a testing time for people across the globe.
This year’s finalists have found unique and creative ways to tackle a wide range of social, environmental and economic challenges, many of which have been exacerbated by the global pandemic, especially in at risk, or isolated communities. From Okra Solar, a startup from Australia, that is giving access to energy and electricity to those who live off-grid, to Raizs in Brazil which connects organic farming families directly with consumers.
To date, the Chivas Venture has given away $5 million in no-strings funding to social startups who have positively impacted over 2 million lives across 50 countries – driving major change, including providing 34 million litres of safe drinking water to communities, recycling 1,300 tonnes of waste, helping over 2,500 farmers’ families out of poverty and funding over 75,000 days of education for women and girls.
Just as Chivas champions the perfect blend of malt and grain whiskies in its Scotch, the Chivas Venture champions entrepreneurs who blend profit and purpose to have a positive impact on the world.