To apply, students create a team of three or four. Students are encouraged to include one French-speaker on each team to facilitate communication with Action Partners and Mentor Companies. They should demonstrate their passion for civic engagement and their motivation for participating in this challenge. Teams select a member as « Team Coordinator ». This person acts as liaison with the Tocqueville Challenge.

2018 Applications

Come pitch your ideas for social innovation!

You would like to play a role in civil society and develop projects that inspire you?

Engage in civil society projects in co-creation with Mentor Companies and Association by joining the 3rd edition of the Tocqueville Challenge!

 10.000€ in seed funding will be awarded to the Winner.

The Tocqueville Civil Society Challenge is a programme offered to Master’s students, and hosted in 20 Schools / Universities (Sciences Po, schools of communication, engineer, medical and business schools) in France, in the United States and in Canada.

Join us for our launch event on the 5th of March 2018

at l’Hôtel de Talleyrand (ID requested)

Registration (Launch Event & March-May TC Session) – Click here



Project Themes

The Tocqueville Challenge is structured around projects themes dedicated to specific social issues (economic, social, environmental). Companies and Action Partners develop a competing project with teams of students around the following areas:

1. Food & Nutrition

2. Environment, Sustainable Development and Energy Transition

3. Health

4. Digital

5. Social Inclusion (Employment, Solidarity & Inclusiveness)

6. Capacity Building

Association Partners identify strategic issues ranging from fundraising to enhancing volunteer experiences and organizational integration, growth strategy to sustainability, and communications to volunteer integration or validation of experience. The student teams’ job is to evolve this Challenge and get to the core of the issue so as to identify a specific, targeted and implementable solution.

Projects are directly incubated within leading corporate, while working together with an Action Partner (Civil Society Organizations). Project themes include for the Tocqueville Challenge included:

  • Digital Inclusion
  • Entrepreneurship and Intergenerational Solidarity
  • Improving access to culture in underprivileged areas
  • Socio-professional integration
  • Promotion of Entrepreneurship
  • Innovative economic development models in Africa
  • Communication & Development Strategies for NGOs
  • Developing a climate Action Plan
  • Stabilization of human resources in NGO