Current CXC Summits
ChangemakerXchange summit and accelerator program for ‘Empathy Changemakers’: A unique opportunity for young social innovators working to develop social-emotional competencies in children and youth to unleash their full potential. Please note that this is planned to be an in-person summit (for more about our Covid19 hygiene measures please see below).
In partnership with ALV Foundation, ChangemakerXchange is calling on innovators from Europe whose work focuses on building empathy, fostering social-emotional skills and personal development for children and youth to participate in a special ‘EmpathyXchange’ summit. Participants are then also invited to become members of ChangemakerXchange, a global collaborative community of 1000 social innovators from across the world.
If your work aims at unleashing the full potential of children and youth to take responsibility for themselves, others and the planet, then this opportunity is for you! We’d love to hear from you.
This in-person gathering will follow our tried and tested formula of deep human connections, peer learning and collaborative action. The summit experience will be followed by an interactive online accelerator program with input from experienced entrepreneurs from around the world aimed at building the changemakers capacity in running and scaling high-impact social ventures.
The EmpathyXchange is kindly supported by our long-term partner ALV Foundation, whose mission it is to accelerate the creation of a sustainable future in which every person can unleash their full potential.
Picture for key visual © by Piotr Loj
Our Covid19 safety measures for in-person summits
We are closely monitoring the situation and may be forced to change plans, but please note that for now this is planned to be a physical in-person summit. However, to ensure a maximum level of safety for our participants we have created a very detailed Covid19 hygiene concept, which everyone will be asked to follow. Please review it carefully before applying to the summit. All participants will need to either provide proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR test no more than 48 hours before your arrival to Germany. The costs of the PCR test will be reimbursed by ChangemakerXchange. Also, upon arrival, ALL participants will take an official ‘quick test’ and will complete another self-test on Day 3 of the summit, in addition to regular temperature checks.
Eligible candidates for the summit:
- Must lead, co-lead, have founded or co-founded their own social venture which is up and running and whose core mission is to build empathy, social-emotional competencies and resilience in children/youth and unleashing their full potential.
- Must come from Europe and be aged 18 - 35.
- Must have a good enough level of English that enables you 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.
The summit and your application
Date: The summit takes place from 6th to 10th October 2021.
Location: A remote castle surrounded by beautiful nature near Cologne in West Germany
Fee: Thanks to our partner selected participants receive five days of accommodation, food and participation for free, are however expected to book and pay their own travel to/from Cologne (some support can be provided in exceptional cases).
Deadline to apply: August 15th 2021.
Successful applicants will be informed as quick as possible, no later than end of August.
To apply please go here
Do I need to be the original founder or co-founder?
No, we also welcome applications from changemakers, etc. who might have joined at a later stage. However, it is important that you are in a clearly defined leadership position. We unfortunately cannot accept applications from other employees or volunteers.
Is there an interview as part of the selection process?
Given the high number of applications we receive and the limited staff capacity, only candidates who are being considered for the final shortlist will be invited to a short informal interview to ensure their suitability in the programme and their fit with the community.
I did not receive a confirmation email after applying – how do I know if my application went through?
You should receive an automated confirmation e-mail from Typeform (please also check your spam). If you have not received one after submitting your application please reach out to and we’ll look into it.
When will I hear back if I was selected?
We will get back to all applicants at different stages. Selected applicants will hear back at least 6 weeks before the start of their summit.
Can I receive feedback on my application?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual feedback on each application. But we do send a thorough email to all applicants outlining the full application and selection process, which has always been appreciated by applicants in the past.
Can my co-founder join instead of me?
ChangemakerXchange invests first and foremost in the person, aka you. In the event that you cannot attend the summit anymore, we unfortunately cannot accept your co-founder as there are other candidates who went through the whole application process and have been waitlisted.
Can I join only part of the summit?
Unfortunately, no. The ChangemakerXchange summit is an intense and enriching experience that makes sense if undertaken from start to end. This means we can only accept applicants who can commit to the full duration of the summit. Also, we will only allow participants who have joined all sessions on all days into the ChangemakerXchange community.
What happens after the summit?
Attending a ChangemakerXchange summit is the first step to join a global community of 800+ changemakers. Once you are part of the community, there are several engagement opportunities you can benefit from, including:
- Becoming a community host and bringing the CXC summit experience to your country;
- Joining the Global Facilitation Pool to facilitate CXC-like experiences to other changemakers around the world;
- Expanding your network and deepening your knowledge and expertise thanks to our member gatherings and online huddles;
- Amplifying your impact through new collaboration projects with fellow changemakers;
- Attending the Global Co-Creation Summit to shape the future of the community.
The beauty of ChangemakerXchange is that it is a very dynamic and constantly evolving community, continuously shaped by the needs and feedback of its members.
What is the value of joining ChangemakerXchange?
We believe the words of our community do the best job of highlighting the value of joining ChangemakerXchange.
“I wanted to change the world for the better since I was 14. But everyone around me would tell me ‘be normal, go to college, get a job, don’t try to do more than you can’. After CXC, I realised that I don’t want to have a ‘normal’ life. I want an extraordinary life. I want to fully realise my mission to paint the world in bright colours of peace, unity, and love. And ChangemakerXchange catalysed the process of realising my mission. Thank you!”
“CXC is an incredible platform to change the mindset and perspective on many things (to the best of course). I can definitely say that I’ve been transformed, and I now have a much better understanding about what it takes to be a social entrepreneur, scaling impact and opening yourself to others.”
“CXC gave me a feeling of belonging. I have been part of many conferences and different communities, but CXC still feels like home because of the genuine values, the genuine goals and long-lasting friendships.”