More and more people are looking for a meaningful job and a fulfilling career.
They want to contribute to something greater than “just a job” – something that is bigger than them. But how will they ever feel that they’re making a big difference? How could they measure their impact? What would that kind of job look like in a big company? How, as a part of a big system, would employees be able to tell that their work matters?
That’s what our next Entrepreneurship for Good Program: The Future of Work Challenge is all about. Posed by H&M Germany, the Challenge invites you and 19 other young entrepreneurs to spend 10 weeks on campus in Berlin. After that, you’ll move on to implement your own venture over the course of the next 10 months.
Even big change begins with small steps. So let’s start by finding ways to empower employees across 400 different locations in Germany to make a positive impact on business and also on society at large – and to enable them to measure it, too. And that’s where you come in. H&M Germany and the DO School challenge you to devise amazing new formats for employees in the fashion sector to set targets for themselves and their teams. In addition, you should find concrete, measurable ways for them to track their impact.
In particular, you will be asked to
- Identify new areas in big companies that aren’t already covered by employee satisfaction surveys
- Create an amazing solution that is easily scalable and transferable, i.e. to other companies
- Empower individual and structural change by making its effect measurable
Self-actualisation is increasingly important to employees, taking its place next to salary and other perks. At the same time, companies strugle to retain skilled employees who do not see a purpose in their work. But when employees who believe in what they do are matched with companies that empower their passions, they can both become a source of positive change in society – generating sustainable good business.
H&M’s business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way. Since it was founded in 1947, H&M has grown from a single women’s wear store in Västerås, Sweden into one of the world’s leading fashion companies, with six different brands, around 3,900 stores, and 132,000 employees in 61 markets.
H&M’s business operations aim to be run in a way that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable for both present and future generations. H&M has a responsibility towards everyone who contributes to their success, including those who are not employees of H&M.
You are between 21 and 31 years old. This means on the first day of the program you are least 21 years old and no older than 31. If you are not legally of age in your home country at the time of application, you will have to supply a permission signed by a parent or legal guardian for the application to be valid.
Successful candidates may come from, but are not restricted to the fields of HR, psychology, intrapreneurship, happyness experts, organisational development, UX design.
It is central to our mission that we offer inclusive educational opportunities to talented young adults. We support you regardless of your socioeconomic or educational background and encourage you, no matter if you are a university student or graduate or don’t have a higher education.
Since the Business for Good Program is conducted in English we require for you to apply in English and to have a good working knowledge of the language.
Complete the applications for the Entrepreneurship for Good Program through our online application form. Before you begin, you may want to read the application FAQs at the bottom of this page.
Create a user account. You will receive an email with a link. Click on this link to activate your account. If you do not receive this email within a few minutes, please check your spam folder.
Complete all three required parts of the online DO School application form. You will be asked to fill in personal information, answer application questions, and agree to the conditions of application. To save your work and return to it at another time, click the “save” button. In addition, you can optionally complete the form for financial aid.
Submit your application. Once the status of all three parts is complete, you can click the “Submit Your Application” button. Please note that you cannot make any changes to your application after your submission. No late submissions will be accepted. Successful submission will be confirmed by a screen saying: “Your application has been submitted”.
After you apply
We will be in touch with you via email 6-8 weeks after the application deadline. If your application passes the first selection round, you will be invited for a Skype interview for the second round. All applicants will be notified, whether successful or not.
Admission is based on merit alone with a tuition fee of EUR 1,000.
If you cannot cover the program cost you are eligible to receive financial aid. For more information please download the financial aid PDF.
Travel and living costs
You are responsible for organizing and paying for your own travel to and from the DO School Berlin campus in order to participate in the ten-week Incubation Phase. You are also responsible for arranging and paying for your visa (if needed) as well as travel, health and accident insurance for the ten-week duration.
During the 10-week Incubation Phase in Berlin, you will stay at subsidized accommodation and will be required to contribute EUR 900. During the entire program year you are responsible for your personal cost of living (food, insurance, transportation, personal needs, etc.). Download the PDF below and find out more about the living costs in Berlin
The DO School Seeds Award is a chance for you to jump-start your venture. A total of EUR 5,000 are awarded to the three most convincing venture plans after Fellows have successfully finished the Incubation Phase. The Awardees are chosen by a jury comprising experts from the social entrepreneurship and start-up field as well as in an online voting competition.
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