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Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future 2015 Grant Challenge winners

The Coca-Cola Company started the Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Competition as a way to kick start change within the Global Shapers Community – accelerating promising Hub Projects, encouraging a bias for action, and taking projects to the next level.  The Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Competition is a result of votes by Global Shapers for Global Shapers, self-selecting the five finalists that the Community feels best represent great potential for impactful change through scaling efforts.

Now in our third year of the Competition, we reflect on the incredible learning journey we have shared with the Global Shapers Community. 

In 2013, Rome and Nairobi Hubs brought home the grand prize for their joint project, Powering Education, changing the lives of students in Kenya by providing increased access to environmentally safe and healthy solar lamps for studying. 

In 2014, Chandigarh Hub inspired us all with their technology driven solutions to match high-need individuals with aid, through their and InKind apps, which together comprise the Kalpa Vrishka Project.

It is no surprise that in 2015, the Global Shapers Community met and exceeded our expectations.

We were incredibly impressed by the submissions this year – with over 100 submissions from every region of the world.  In fact, the caliber of the semi-finalist projects presented at the Annual Curators Meeting this summer in Geneva inspired The Coca-Cola Company and the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community to increase the 2015 grand prize to $20,000.

Our esteemed panel of judges who voted on this year’s winners included:

  • Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Sarita Nayyar, Managing Director, World Economic Forum
  • Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation

It is with great pleasure we write to congratulate the winners of the 2015 Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Competition

The final results are as follows:

Grand Prize Winner of $20k in acceleration funding:

Four Winners of $10k in acceleration funding:


Katherine Cherry,  

International Government Relations & Public Affairs

The Coca-Cola Company