The Chivas Venture is a global search to find and support the next generation of startups that want to succeed while creating a better future for society. Since the Chivas Venture first launched in 2014, almost 6,000 social enterprises have applied for the chance to receive a share of the annual $1 million fund. This year (2017), over 30 countries across 6 continents are taking part in the Chivas Venture.
ITB have been working with Chivas across The Venture for three years now, engaging with leading global talent who truly connect with the world of social enterprise, philanthropy and activism to create authentic and lasting brand alignment effectively adding gravitas and awareness to the message of this important initiative to a global audience. ITB was engaged to cast and engage a selection of talent for all aspects of the event including; the host, judges and performers.
The Venture 2015
The inaugural Chivas Venture in 2015 saw ITB engage James Corden to host the event as well actor and social entrepreneur Adrian Grenier and Oscar Isaac who joined as two of the four judges for the competition to determine the ultimate winners of the $1m fund. ITB also booked Aloe Blacc as the live performer for the event to get the party under way afterwards.
The five finalists since the event have gone on to create 197 new jobs between them, achieved a combined revenue of $2.5m in 2014/15, served 189,116 customers and supported over 200,000 beneficiaries in over 50 countries.
The Venture 2016
For the second year of The Venture, the event was was held in New York City, where the event grew from 16 regional finalists in 2015 to 27 finalists from 32 countries in 2016. ITB secured the talented actress, producer, director and activist Eva Longoria as the Chivas Venture global judge, alongside The Daily Show's, Trevor Noah who hosted the evening.
The Venture 2017
Most recently this year in July 2017, we successfully engaged Oscar winning actress, philanthropist and business woman Halle Berry to join the panel of judges, hosted by actor and comedian Josh Gad taking place in the heart of Hollywood – Los Angeles. in the company of Chivas brand ambassadors, Javier Bardem and Don Cheadle.
Year on year the Chivas Venture has continued to grow from strength to strength adding an important voice and message behind its incredible initiative that continues to champion social enterprise across the globe.
The Venture 2018
Tech entrepreneur and creative innovator will.i.am was secured by ITB to crown the winner of the Chivas Venture 2018 at Europe’s leading tech event - TNW Conference - in Amsterdam. Cemal Ezal’s company, 'Change Please', walked away with the greatest amount of funding, receiving $350,000 following a live pitch in front of thousands of international tech enthusiasts, investors and fellow entrepreneurs. In addition to will.i.am, ITB also secured the BAFTA-winning actor Richard Ayoade to host the event and tech magician, Tom London, to perform.