The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present a universal call to action by the United Nations (UN) for all stakeholders to join efforts to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The SDGs are the most ambitious development agenda to date. Attaining these Goals and meeting the development needs require substantial resource commitments. With the development funding landscape changing rapidly, charity models are no longer sufficient – there is a need to identify and tap into non-traditional and innovative sources of finance and implement new models that enable everyone to contribute
to economic growth.
The grants follow the Open Innovation Challenge of “YAS! Youth for Africa and SDGs” (, which UNDP implements in partnership with Accenture. YAS! is a
portal-platform for Africa’s youth entrepreneurial ecosystem. It supports the development and growth of youth entrepreneurship in Africa by creating a marketplace for eco-system players, namely investors, large corporates and governments.

Worth of Award
Winning entries will receive funding to develop, validate and scale innovative ideas. The grants will be awarded to entrepreneurs who would like to test their innovative solutions or grow existing ventures, as per the following categories:

  • Idea Stage: 5,000 USD (seed grants)
  • Growth Stage: 10,000 USD (scale grants)

You are eligible for the Challenge if you answer “yes” to all of the following questions:
If you are between 15 and 18 years old, you can still apply for the Challenge and stand a chance to be profiled and recognized at the Africa Youth Conference as an outstanding
innovator. Grants, however, can only be awarded to entrepreneurs with a minimum age of 18 years.

How to Apply

  • To apply for the Challenge and stand a chance to win grant funding to pursue your entrepreneurship venture and/or profile your innovative idea/solution, fill and submit the form below.
  • In addition to your written response, we encourage you to make multimedia submissions. This can include a short video (which can be recorded using a phone) narrating in a summary form your initiative or high-resolution action photographs of
    the solution.

Deadline: applications close 1 September 2018

Click here for more details and to apply

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