ChangemakerXchange Paris (Changemakers Impacting Rural Communities)
Are you the leader or co-founder of a social venture based in Europe that focuses on having a positive impact on rural areas? Are you bridging the opportunity gap between urban and rural areas? Are you bringing value to rural communities, be it in arts & culture, agriculture, education, health, economic development, job opportunities…? If yes, this is for you! Join us for our ChangemakerXchange summit, a five days immersive experience where you'll connect with top changemakers in your field, learn from each other and collaborate. Beyond the summit, you will also be joining a dynamic community of 350+ changemakers globally.

Please make sure to read the following information carefully before applying. Should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to Julie or Thalia at

The summit will take place from Tuesday, August 21st lunch time until Sunday, August 26th morning and participants must be able to attend all days.

The deadline for applications is midnight GMT on Monday 30th of April. Applicants that submit early have a small advantage because we have more time to read their applications.


Applicants for ChangemakerXchange:

** Must be aged between 18 and 30. Please note a limited number of three places is available for 29- and 30-year-old applicants.

** Must come from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

** Should lead, co-lead, have founded or co-founded their own social venture which is up and running and addresses a relevant social problem linked to rural communities (see next criteria for more details). We are unable to accept applicants with an idea only or who are volunteering for an organisation.

** The theme of this summit being "Changemakers Impacting Rural Communities", we are looking for:
- Changemakers based out of small town, villages (less than 2,000 inhabitants) or rural areas and having impact locally.
- or Changemakers based in big urban centres whose work focus on impacting rural areas.

** Must have a good level of English that enables them to understand, present, and collaborate throughout the summit.

** Should have the skills and know-how to be part of a special community of collaborative young social entrepreneurs and be willing to play an active role within this community.

Please visit to read the full details of our selection process.


ChangemakerXchange covers your travel costs to/from Paris, France as well as all of the conference costs for all five nights and six days (including accommodation, inner city travel, food, entrance fees, etc.). However a modest participation fee of 120 EURO / 145 USD to cover part of the costs will be charged. (A very limited number of stipends in special cases are available upon request. If you really do require a stipend please let us know in the application form).

Top tip: Please draft your application in a Word document before filling out the following form, as it does not allow you to save your progress.

Best wishes and good luck!

Your ChangemakerXchange Team

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