Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge for Entrepreneurs 2021 (Win up to $10,000)

Worth of Award

The Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge is all about supporting young people (18-30) to take entrepreneurial action on social and environmental issues that matter to you.

  • Everyone who enters receives a package of FREE startup support and mentoring to develop their idea.
  • The first 500 applicants will receive a VIP ticket to the Social Enterprise World Forum 2021.
  • The best idea solutions will compete for cash prizes and funding pots of up to $10,000!
  • Finalists will receive global recognition and exposure at the Social Enterprise World Forum 27-29 Sept 2021.
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Go from idea to action through the Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge.


  • The Challenge is open to anyone 18-30 years old.
  • You can enter on your own or as a team (up to 5 members). Team participation is strongly encouraged.
  • They’re looking for a business solution to an environmental or social issue. This can be a non-profit or for-profit idea but must be at an early stage (less than one year old with no significant funding in place).

All entries will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Impactful: Will the business idea solve an important social or environmental problem?
  • Innovative: Is the idea insightful, and potentially a breakthrough solution to the problem?
  • Feasible: Could the idea be implemented with financial and mentoring support?
  • Scalable: Does this idea have the potential to be expanded on a larger scale?

Submissions that include a short video pitch (less than 60 seconds) will receive additional points in the evaluation.

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How to Apply

  • The application is available online through their website.
  • If, for any reason, you are unable to access the information on their website or need challenge related material provided in an alternative format – please contact [email protected] for assistance

Deadline: Applicants can submit their application until July 16, 2021.


Click here for more details and to apply