By Maria Valdez Haubrich

Do you have a business idea that would help improve the lives of disadvantaged people by creating economic opportunity and jobs? Then consider entering the Opportunity Project competition. The eBay Foundation and Ashoka’s Changemakers launched the competition on March 30, 2011 and are looking to award five winning solutions a cash prize of $50,000 each.

The Opportunity Project is looking for the most innovative market-based solution and entries are due by June 15, 2011. Early entries received by May 11, 2011 will be eligible to win an early entry prize of $1,000.

Get more information at the Changemakers website and download an entry form.