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Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge

If you’re a young person (18-30 years) with an idea, project or business solution to an issue that matters to you and your community, your journey starts here.

They’ve designed the Challenge program to support young founders like you who are taking on the social and environmental issues that matter. 

They understand that no two people’s journey to create change in the world are the same and that every individual and context is unique but they also know many of the common factors that they all need to move forward as leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. 

Whether you’ve just developed a burning passion to take action on an issue that’s impacting you or those around you, OR you’re already up and running with a project creating impact – they’re here to move you forward.

Why take part?
  • Learn from other young leaders and entrepreneurs. Emerge from the program with NEW ideas, confidence and connections.
  • They support you in developing your submission PLUS offer exclusive follow-on support opportunities to up to x100 eligible project teams.
  • Compete for multiple grant awards of up to $10,000 USD to fund work that improves lives, helps communities, and protects the planet!

What ideas are eligible? 

  • Your idea must contribute to at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 
  • They are open to ideas, projects, and business solutions of all kinds. You can be in the process of developing a completely new idea, testing a concept that you have been working on for a while, or you might already have had some success in implementing the solution. Projects can be implemented on a for-profit or non-profit basis.


  • The Global Innovation Challenge is open to anyone aged 18-30 years. Participants can be located anywhere in the world. There are no nationality requirements, however all submissions must be in English.
  • You can register and participate on your own if you are a solo entrepreneur. However they strongly recommend you enter as a team. Entering as part of a team brings a mix of skills and perspectives but also adds capacity and accountability to give you (and your project) the best possible chance of success.
  • Teams can have no more than 5 members and you must designate one member as the ‘Team Leader’ – for contact and competition administrative purposes. The team leader will first register (as the ‘Team Leader’ and then add the other team members in the submissions platform.

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