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Got Questions?

Here's all you need to know about the Fishbowl Challenge.


What is the Fishbowl Challenge?

The Fishbowl Challenge is a college business plan competition which focuses on global collaboration towards solving some of the biggest problems facing the world today.

How do I enter the Fishbowl Challenge?

Individuals can apply to the Fishbowl Challenge by visiting with an idea or an interest in any of our listed categories of social issues.

Who are the mentors and how will they be involved?

We have curated a group of accomplished individuals with years of leadership, industry and academic experience who have agreed to have regular meetings with teams and help them shape, strengthen and ground their ideas and solutions. These individuals will serve as mentors to teams by providing guidance and resource support for teams during all stages of the program. Assigned mentors shall be communicated once teams have been formed.

I'd like to support the Fishbowl Challenge as a volunteer. How can I get involved?

Volunteers can be considered for joining the Fishbowl administrative team by sending an email to with an answer to the question: “Why do you want to join the Fishbowl Challenge team?” Interested individuals should also attach a resume and the URL to their Linkedin profile.


Do I have to pay an application fee?

Entry to the Fishbowl Challenge is free. Applicants simply have to apply via the application form which can be found at

Can I apply as a team?

No. One of the main objectives of the Fishbowl Challenge is to create the opportunity for cross-continent collaboration towards solving a problem, hence team formation will be from the pool of applicants.

Which countries can I apply from?

The Fishbowl Challenge welcomes applicants from all countries provided they are undergraduate or postgraduate students.

What happens after I submit my application?

Applications will be reviewed and 100 candidates selected. The shortlisted candidates will be invited to go through a team formation process which will involve a matching process based on mutual interest. Teams will then begin the first round of the project which is a problem statement, ideation and initial business plan process.

Can I apply if a graduate in a few months?

The Fishbowl Challenge is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in a university/college, and those who have accepted admission into a university/college as at September 1, 2021.

Who qualifies as a student and is eligible to apply?

The Fishbowl Challenge is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in a university/college, and those who have accepted admission into a university/college as at September 1, 2021.


How are teams going to be formed?

Team formation will be based on the problem area of interest, mutual interest through a double matching process and a balance in the distribution of candidates across the participating regions of the world.

At what stage of the programme will mentors be assigned to teams?

From the very onset of team formation in Round 1, teams will be assigned mentors who will arrange periodic meetings and check-ins to provide guidance and to ensure that timelines and milestones are duly met.

How long would the programme run for?

The programme is designed to run over a period of 6 months. There will be 3 increasingly selective rounds and a grand finale in March, 2021. The winning teams will receive funding to refine their ideas and pursue their ventures.

Who is a mentor?

Mentors are typically experienced thought-leaders in industry and or in academia who are committed to providing guidance and feedback to teams to help develop their ideas and create scalable ventures.

Why are you limiting the group to 100 students?

For the first-ever Fishbowl Challenge, we are only accepting 100 students which our current team has the capacity of handling whilst ensuring that we put together an amazing programme experience for participants. The relatively small number will also help us better understand and gauge student interest in the programme. Based on these learnings, intake for subsequent years will be adjusted accordingly.

What if I am interested in topics that are not on your shortlist?

If your topic of interest is not within the shortlisted categories, you are welcome to apply and indicate which topic area you are interested in pursuing while filling out the application form.

What if I drop out of the program after some time (school commitments, health, etc.)?

We understand that life happens sometimes and plans do not always work out as intended. We would encourage that you inform the organizing team ( and your teammates ahead of time about your intentions to drop out of the programme so that the necessary mitigating measures can be put in place to ensure that your team is still set up for success in your absence.

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