Queen Rania

About The Competition

At the Queen Rania Foundation (QRF), we see our role as solving for impact in Education, but we recognise that we can’t do this alone. We need a vibrant ecosystem of education entrepreneurs, one that collectively pushes the wheel of education reform.

For this reason, we are running a competition to recognise the achievements and potential of the ‘home-grown’ education businesses in the Arab World who combine social impact with sustainable business models. The winners will be announced by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan.

We have USD200K to award in the form of grants, which we expect the winners to use to accelerate their growth plans. (One organisation will be awarded USD100K, USD60K and USD40K will be awarded to the second and third place winners). 

You may be focused on any stage of learning (from early years to adult learners) and any of the places where learning happens. For example, at home, in school, in the community, in a refugee camp, at work or at university. We don’t mind what subjects you focus on, or the approaches you use to improve outcomes for learners. For example, you may make use of digital technologies, volunteers, or the community as resources for learning. You may help students directly, or by helping those who support their learning such as teachers, lecturers, peers or parents.

What excites us are innovative approaches that are evidence based and focused at the heart of teaching and learning -- that is, approaches that influence, for the better, what gets learnt and how -- and that have the potential to benefit learners at significant scale. Like us, you’ll have a clear theory of change and will be committed to gathering evidence that your offering improves learning outcomes. 

Finally, you’ll have much more than an idea or a prototype. We expect applicants to already have a significant number of users, to have a business model that is sustainable outside of grant support, and to have an evidenced understanding of how they will deliver the next phase of their growth.

Above all though, you will be ambitious for what you, and the learners you serve, can achieve.

If you have any questions about your eligibility please refer to the FAQs, or email us at [email protected]

Good luck!

How to Enter

To enter you need to meet our eligibility criteria. You need to:
Have more than an idea or a prototype -you should already have a product, and a significant number of users
Be headquartered in the Arab region
Be primarily benefiting learners in the Arab world
Have a commercial business model

Submit your application by November 10, 2018.

We will accept submissions in either Arabic or English.

We Will Assess Submissions

How we will assess submissions

The assessment criteria that we will use are set out here. An initial screening of your application to make sure it fits our eligibility criteria, and to assess its overall potential, will be made by a team at the Queen Rania Foundation. Applications that make it through the initial screening will then be scored by our assessment panel.

’Moving forward, The Queen Rania Foundation will carry out ‘due-diligence’ on the short-list that the assessment panel recommends. For example, we will want to speak to your investors, customers and the learners you serve, experience your product or service in person, and examine existing documents that you may have - for instance, your financial accounts, strategic plans and governance arrangements.

The assessment panel will then decide on the awardees.

Competition Timeline

Accepting Submissions
September 10 - November 10
Reviewing Submissions
November 11 - November 25
Contacting Finalists
December 1 - January 7
Choosing Winner
February 2019