We are no longer accepting applications for the Impact Hero 2024.
Thank you to all applicants for your enthusiasm!
Next round of applications will be opened again in July 2024, so please stay tuned!

WHAT’S NEW?

 

The world needs more changemakers who can not only solve some of the world’s pressing issues, but also create a more regenerative world that holistically enhances planetary well-being. We call them Impact Heroes.

 

Starting from this year, instead of just one Impact Hero, we are selecting a cohort of up to ten exceptional changemakers that have the potential to transform the future of developing countries in the Asia-Pacific to join our year-long Lead-to-Regenerate (L2R) Acceleration Program. 

 

Whereby, during the program, one hero will emerge as the “Impact Hero of the Year” and will receive an additional set of customized support by Earth Company.

Who are Impact Heroes?

 

The Impact Heroes are visionary leaders that are driven by bottomless passion and resolute determination to make transformative changes in the world. 

 

 They are not only role models for the next generations, but also have the innate ability to inspire and touch people from all walks of life.

 

 Through their work, they aim to achieve paradigm shifts and carve out new, inclusive pathways that truly leave nobody behind and build regenerative futures, beyond sustainability and circularity.

7 Qualities of Impact Heroes
  • Authentic: Integrity and genuineness in the motivation of his/her life work

  • Irreplaceable: One-of-a-kind qualities and unique role that cannot be substituted for

  • Future-oriented: Aims to realize alternative futures characterized by inclusivity and regeneration

  • Passionate: Blazing passion, energy, and conviction that fuels his/her work

  • Inspirational: Extraordinary ability to inspire the world through his/her life work

  • Leadership: Strong potential to lead his/her community or even country to a brighter future

  • Grounded: A role model with deep trust and respect from the community

HOW TO APPLY

Application Requirements ▼
  •  Do you align with the vision and values of Earth Company?
  •  Do you tackle some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the developing countries of the Asia Pacific region?
  •  Do you have innovative solutions that bring meaningful impact to a wide range of stakeholders?
  •  Do you serve on the leadership team of a social-purpose organization?
  • Are you committed to the cause long-term?
  • Are you able to commit a reasonable amount of time to work with Earth Company’s support team?
  • Are you able to regularly communicate with the Earth Company team in English by email and online calls?
Eligibility Criteria ▼

Below are the minimum requirements to apply for the Impact Hero program. Applicants who do not fulfil all the below eligibility criteria will not be considered.

 

  • Countries of Operation
    We accept applicants who are working on projects in developing countries around the Asia-Pacific region. Please check the complete list of eligible countries below:
    Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, Niue, North Korea, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam

 

  • Size of the organization (annual budget)
    Earth Company is agnostic about number of years in operation, organizational maturity, sectoral focus, nationality, age, gender and academic credentials. For-profit companies and nonprofit organizations ? and everything in between ? are eligible. While most successful candidates run organizations with annual budgets in the range of $100k-$1m, we welcome applications from smaller and larger organizations.

 

  • Nature of organizations
    For-profit companies and nonprofit organizations ? and everything in between ? are eligible.

 

  • Previous applicants
    Yes, we accept applications from former applicants, former candidates, and previous Impact Hero finalists.
Application Timeline ▼

After the submission deadline, the entire selection process is conducted within two months.

 

  • July 18, 2023: Application opens
  • September 15, 2023: Application ends
  • October 6, 2023: Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Earth Company and interviews will be scheduled
  • October 31, 2023: Screening and interview period by the selection committee starts to narrow down the shortlist and form the Class of 2024, consisting of up to 10 changemakers.
  • November 30, 2023: All members of the Impact Heroes Class of 2024 will be individually notified of the final decisions
How to apply ▼

1. Fill out the application form

 

Applications are closed. For more information about the Impact Heroes program, click here.

2. Submit a video statement

 

Record yourself answering the following question: “Why do you think you are an Impact Hero?” within a maximum length of 1 minute.

 

  • Tell us your story and convince us!
  • This can be recorded on whatever device you have available to you, e.g. your mobile phone.
  • Please upload it to Youtube, as unlisted, or Google Drive and share the link in the application form.
  • Any video longer than 1 min will not be considered.
Applications Are Closed!

 

 Thank you to all applicants for your enthusiasm! Next round of applications will be opened again in July 2024, so please stay tuned!

1-1. Calling All Impact Heroes! (2)

OUR SUPPORT

Support to the Impact Heroes Class of 2024:
Lead-to-Regenerate Acceleration Program (one year)

 

Once selected as a member for the Impact Heroes Class of 2024, each hero will take part in our year-long acceleration program and will be eligible to a specific set of non-financial support, by Earth Company.

 

The Lead-to-Regenerate Acceleration Program is a 12-month program that provides members of the Impact Heroes Class of 2024 with a unique opportunity to hone their skills and knowledge, network and get access to resources, and be mentored to become regenerative leaders in their respective work.

 

The program consists of:

Online Seminar Series| JANUARY- June, 2024 ▼

From January to June, Earth Company will organize a series of online sessions (approximately once a month) where you will learn and delve into the concept of regenerative leadership as well as practical knowledge needed to accelerate your impact and organizational development.

 

Note:

  • Attendance in all six seminar series is mandatory
  • Secure a quiet environment with proper internet connection. Please avoid connecting on the move.
Heroes Bali Camp| April 23-27, 2024 ▼

An all expense paid 5-day camp in Bali, gathering all the heroes to meet each other, the Earth Company team, as well as potential collaborators and supporters. Click here to read about last year’s camp.

 

Heroes Bali Camp program contents

 

  • Stay at Mana Earthly Paradise: Heroes will be staying at Mana Earthly Paradise(https://www.manaubud.com/), the award-winning eco-villas and first B Corp accommodation in Southeast Asia, and immerse themselves in a regenerative way of living while participating at the Heroes Camp.

 

  • Bootcamp Day (1-day mentoring): After conducting a thorough needs assessment, the Earth Company team and our network of experts will accompany each hero, having face-to-face mentoring sessions and committing to create tangible outputs such as (and not limited to): financial projections, marketing strategy, fundraising deck.

 

  • “Heroes Night” event: This public event, held at Mana Earthly Paradise, invites each hero to present his/her vision of a regenerative future. As part of our commitment to plant the seeds for future collaborations, Earth Company will be inviting impact investors, philanthropists, accelerators, and other potential collaborators to hear and engage with your vision.

 

  • Visit and engage with fellow social innovators: Explore and immerse in the vibrant social impact scene of Bali. Discover a different facet of Bali’s tourism by visiting some of the island’s renowned institutions and engaging with the social innovators who are pursuing an inclusive and regenerative world. Notable examples from our previous visits include the globally acclaimed Green School and Astungkara Way, a grassroots organization that champions and advocates for regenerative agriculture.

 

Note:

  • Physical attendance in Heroes Bali camp is mandatory.
Curated Mentoring Sessions| July - December, 2024 ▼

Earth Company team and experts from our network will be available for mentoring sessions to each hero once every quarter.

Opportunity Building| July - December, 2024 ▼

Based on the needs shared by each hero in the first round of the mentoring sessions, Earth Company will, throughout the year, try to introduce as many opportunities as possible whenever occasion arises within our network.

Among those that have met the requirements, the ‘Impact Hero of the Year’ will be selected from the class during the program. 
Support for the Impact Hero of the Year (3 years)

 

Earth Company provides three years of life-changing support customized specifically to maximize the heroes’ potential including:

Acceleration Program

 

We encourage our Impact Hero to embrace the paradigm-shifting concept of “regeneration”, and nurturing them to become regenerative leaders.

Fundraising

 

We solicit US$100k+ donations for core funding or a specific project that can generate long-term impact.

 Leadership Coaching

 

We equip the Impact Hero with skills needed to realise the regenerative future they envision and bring holistic meaningful impact to the communities they serve.

Business Development

 

We build opportunities through expanding networks in Japan and beyond, increasing media presence, and/or developing revenue-generating programs to enable financial sustainability.

Marketing Support


We help build brand identity and marketing tools for the Impact Hero to better communicate their purpose, their work and their impact to enable more effective fundraising and awareness building.

Management Consulting


We provide skill building workshops to help Impact Heroes with everything they need to know in order to effectively manage a mission-driven organization.

Impact Hero Of The Year Support Timeline ▼

Earth Company provides a total of three-years worth of customized support to each Impact Hero. Please see the details from here.

 

Lead-to-Regenerate acceleration program | January – December, 2024
(online session, mentoring, and opportunity building)

 

Hero of the Year Selection |  End of June, 2024

 

Customized Support | July, 2024 – December, 2026
(as mentioned in the section above)

 

We cherish our connections with each Impact Hero and see this more as a life-long relationship. Post-graduation (after the three years), we maintain a strong relationship and in most cases continue to work as equal partners.

Impact Hero of the Year 2015-2023

Impact Hero 2015
Bella Galhos
Timor-Leste
Education & LGBTI

Impact Hero 2016
Robin Lim
Indonesia & Philippines
Maternity & Child Health

Impact Hero 2017
Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
Marshall Islands
Climate Change

Impact Hero 2019
Wai Wai Nu
Myanmar
Peace Building

Impact Hero 2021
Arief Rabik
Indonesia
Land Degradation

Impact Hero 2022
Samir Lakhani
Cambodia
Global Health

Impact Hero 2023
Oyungerel Tsedevdamba
Mongolia
Public Health

Impact Hero Testimonies
How to apply ▼

1. Fill out the application form

 

Applications are closed. For more information about the Impact Heroes program, click here.

2. Submit a video statement

 

Record yourself answering the following question: “Why do you think you are an Impact Hero?” within a maximum length of 1 minute.

 

  • Tell us your story and convince us!
  • This can be recorded on whatever device you have available to you, e.g. your mobile phone.
  • Please upload it to Youtube, as unlisted, or Google Drive and share the link in the application form.
  • Any video longer than 1 min will not be considered.

Outreach Partner

Applications Are Closed!

 Thank you to all applicants for your enthusiasm! Next round of applications will be opened again in July 2024, so please stay tuned!

1-1. Calling All Impact Heroes! (2)