Six finalists competing for € 15,000 of funding in our I WILL Award competition took part in a battle of big ideas on 4 March 2014. Their challenge during the spectacular I WILL Get in the Ring event was to convince the jury why their ideas showed the most willpower to change society and to inspire others.

And the winner was Dwillo, representing an online mentoring community.

“Dwillo provides online mentor communities for universities and organisations. The communities facilitate mentoring and coaching relations between students and young professionals. Having a mentor helps mentees in making difficult choices related to study, career and personal development. In return mentors enjoy a fresh perspective and gain intrinsic satisfaction by giving back. We aim to connect 1 million people by 2017.”

The audience prize of € 2,000 went to CreativeHub.

“CreativeHub is an online platform where students at Erasmus University can share their ideas, create artistic or charity projects, become tutors or start up their own business. It offers entrepreneurs and gifted artists the opportunity to develop their potential by connecting them to the right market and by sponsoring them through crowd-funding.”


The winner of €15,000 of funding in the I WILL Award 2012 competition was announced after an impressive final round of presentations in front of judges at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

Carlo Cronauer and Paola Gutierrez Watts, who both graduated from the RSM MBA programme in 2012, won €15,000 of funding from RSM’s forward-thinking I WILL movement for their “CroMiDo” project. It will allow donors anywhere in the world to help another person in need with a new system of micro-donations sent by mobile phone. CroMiDo is in its market introduction phase.