- Age: The project or business owner must not be more than 35 years old.
- Nationality: The participant must be a citizen of the country where he/she participates.
- Project age: The project can be an idea or a start-up created within the last two years.
- Social and community impact: The project should offer a practical way of addressing a public health, safety, education, accessibility or other issue affecting local communities.
- Innovation:Innovation isn’t necessarily revolutionary, involving something brand new or a total transformation. It can be incremental as well, improving an existing technology, product or service, or even just the way things are done.
- Potential and feasibility:Projects that demonstrate feasibility and have the potential to benefit a broader public.
Illustration Photo: Hapsatou Ka was a housewife and mother up until 2010 when she began working with USAID Yaajeende. She was nominated by her community and trained by the project as a "Community Based Solution Provider" -- a local social entrepreneur who facilitates the community's access to broad range of products and services that are needed to improve the quality of local agricultural production and enhance the health of the local populations. (credits: USAID / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))