The English Speech Contest (ESC) is hosted by the Rotary Club of Taipei (RCT). The club is now in its 70th year of service to the community. The ESC is in its 63rd year having begun modestly in 1955, when the Rotary Club of Taipei sponsored two separate oratory competitions celebrating the theme that “He profits most who serves the best”. The following year saw the birth of the Inter-Collegiate English Oratory Contest which evolved to the current ESC format. Open to students at Taiwan ROC’s universities, the ESC continues to be a major service activity of the Rotary Club of Taipei. Over the years, thousands of students have benefited from the opportunities provided by the competition and have continued on to important professional and community leadership positions.

This years ESC topic is Youth-Driven Social Entrepreneurship.

As with past ESC events, the core objectives of this contest will stay focused on Improving Leadership Skills, Confidence and Communication Skills. This years topic will also urge participants to focus on social issues that require proper solutions. Promoting Entrepreneurial Skills as well.  

Social enterprise is about changing the world through business. Social enterprises exist and trade not to maximize private profit, but to further their social and environmental initiatives. In short, social enterprise is about business where everyone profits.

RCT would like to to hear from you, the youth of Taiwan. Tell us about an idea that you have to better the community, or the world, that you live in.

The main Rotary Areas of Focus are listed below. Use these main categories to properly organize your idea for the contest. Any topic, or subtopic, related to these categories is acceptable. 

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development


Workshop: April 14th, 2018 (10AM-12PM) [UPDATED ROOM NUMBER]

— This optional workshop will focus on Public Speaking / Presentation, An Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship and Social Business Model Canvas development.

— Applicants are encouraged to attend this session as to receive mentorship in addition to detailed contest insight.

— Workshop location:

National Taiwan University, College of Management, Building 1, Room 104

85 Roosevelt Road Section 4, Da An District, Taipei

台灣大學管理學院,一號館, 104教室

Google map

MRT Green Line toward Xindian. Get off at Gongguan Station exit 3 to street level. Walk 450 meters to NTU Building 1 (College of Management) Room 104.


Application Deadline: May 5th, 2018

— Complete applications must be received no later than May 5th, 2018.


First Round Selection Notification: May 12th, 2018

— Applicants who have been selected to advance to the Grand Finale will be notified.

— Those selected must be available to attend the Grand Finale event or face disqualification.


Grand Finale Date: May 26, 2018

— Event day.

— Select applicants will compete against one another throughout the day. (8AM – 3PM)

— Contest Location: 

Chingshin Elementary and Middle School (台北私立靜心小學)
Address: XingLongRoad ,Section 2 No. 46, WenShan District, Taipei (台北市興隆路二段46號)
Nearest MRT: Wanlong MRT station (捷運萬隆站)


Submission Requirements


All applicants must:
(a) be citizens of the Republic of China;
(b) be enrolled in a Taiwanese college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student at the time of registration


Individuals and Teams

— Applicants can choose to register either as an individual or a 2-4 person team.

— If registering as a team, then a team name should be selected and provided during registration.


First Round (Documents)

  • The Executive Summary, Concept Slide Deck and Appendices written in English.
  • The full set of documents should include the following:
    1. Executive Summary (1 page)
    2. Concept Slide Deck (5 slides)
    3. Appendices (3-4 pages)
      • List of stakeholders with details of their needs (E.g., beneficiaries, partnerships, investors, etc.)
      • Individual, or Team, Resume
      • Business Model Canvas
        • Example: 



Grand Finale Presentations

  • Individuals, or teams, will be selected as Finalists and compete on May 26, 2018.
  • If you decide to enter as a team, then all members of each team must be present at the presentation. Any absentee from each team may constitute disqualification unless having prior written approval from RCT.
  • Each individual, or team, will have 5 minutes of presentation without interruption from the judges. Immediately following each presentation, judges will engage team members in a 5 minute question / answer session.
    • This will happen in two stages the day of the event.
      • Round one will happen in judging classrooms.
      • Round two will happen in the main auditorium in front of judging panel and a larger audience.
  • It is compulsory for all team members to speak in the presentation, and each member is also required to show up on stage and participate in the whole event.
  • The presentation may include any audio and visual aids that the team considers appropriate.
  • RCT will provide a computer with PowerPoint software and projector to assist your presentation. Any team requiring proprietary software and equipment to demonstrate their plan is responsible for its provision and installation.


Judging takes place in two rounds:

First Round – Concept and Executive Summary Submission


Grand Finale – In-person pitch to judging panel, potential investors

There will be a panel of judges for each of the two stages. Each panel will be made up of Rotarians, educators, executives, business owners, philanthropists, venture capitalists, professors and social entrepreneurs.

The best plan is the one that judges believe will generate the greatest social good, subject to feasibility. Not only should the idea be attractive in terms of its potential for social value creation, but the plan must also be practical in terms of the likelihood of achieving success. The judges will consider the following criteria:



The concept should reflect an innovative, feasible approach to solve a serious social problem. The team should demonstrate a clear understanding of the issues it seeks to address and the economic and social drivers of the problem and its solution.


The individual, or team, should demonstrate that it has or is able to acquire relevant skills, contacts, and expertise in order to accomplish its goals. The individual, or team, should be credible in communicating the plan and its feasibility.

Social Impact

Though it is not necessary to compute quantified measures of the social impact, the team must be able to qualify the theory of change, that is, to define the impact value chain by illustrating how your business inputs, activities and outputs can generate outcomes and subsequent impact that aligned with your initial mission and goals.


The business model should be sustainable for the period of time consistent with achieving the desired social impact. The plan’s final projected year may involve ending the business, continuing operations at a constant level, stable growth, transferring ownership and control or replicating the business in other locations.



Winners of the 2018 ESC will receive direct mentorship and seed funding for their social enterprise. Winners will also be eligible for internships facilitated by RCT and its affiliate organizations.



Deadline is May 5th, 2018 at 10PM.

Register Here

Note: Registration and required document upload is facilitated using Google forms. If you do not have a Google account, then contact RCT for further directions on registration.



Rotary Club of Taipei’s Contact Information

Phone: (02) 2381-0986
Fax: (02) 2383-1886



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