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Competition for USA, Canada, and International Youth
to Present Solutions to Global Challenges to Humanity

NFTE World Series of Innovation (WSI)

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Deadline Date:

12/15/21 11:00 PM EST


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Competition for USA, Canada, and International youth or youth teams, ages 13-24, to present solutions to global challenges, as identified by the United Nations. Applicants must submit the first round of applications before moving up to the second round. Groups must brainstorm and submit original ideas. Finalists will be asked to write a one-minute pitch video describing their solution.

WSI competitors tackle some of the biggest global issues, from climate change to hunger, poverty, inequality, and injustice. WSI wants you to think BIG and come up with an innovative idea to help protect the planet and improve the lives of people around the world.

There are seven innovation challenges being offered in the Fall 2021 challenge cycle:

  • Goal 13 Climate Action: Bank of the West Move on Climate Challenge, SDG 13
    Design a solution to help entrepreneurs and small
    businesses move the needle on climate while supporting
    economic growth and promoting a green economy.
  • Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth: Citi Foundation Inclusive Growth Challenge, SDG 8 Design a solution to build a more just society by closing the racial wealth gap and promoting equity through inclusive economic opportunity.
  • Goal 17 Partnerships for the Goals: EY Collaborate for Impact Challenge, SDG 17 Design a solution to help secure a livable future by promoting collaborative action on sustainability by business, government and civil society.
  • Goal 5 Gender Equality: Mary Kay Gender Equality Challenge, SDG 5 Design a solution to promote workplace equality and equal access to economic opportunity for women and girls.
  • Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities: Maxar Community Resilience from Space Challenge, SDG 11 Design a solution using satellite imagery and other geospatial data to help communities become more inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
  • Goal 2 Zero Hunger: PIMCO Food Equity Challenge, SDG 2 Design a solution to address disparities in access (racial or other), to help ensure that all people have enough nutritious food and other resources to live healthy, active lives.
  • Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities: Saint-Gobain Sustainable Cities Challenge, SDG 11 Design a solution to promote use of sustainable building materials or create a circular economy in building construction.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165282

Number of Grants:

Three prizes awarded for each of seven challenge categories.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The 1st place finisher receives $1500 USD, the 2nd place finisher receives $600 USD, and the 3rd place finisher receives $300 USD. Teams are expected to divide prize money equally among members.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any young person aged 13 to 24 is eligible to compete (at least 13 but no older than 24 as of December 15, 2021). The competition is online and free to enter. You can compete solo or invite a few friends to join you.

You do not need to be a U.S. citizen and you don't need to have taken a NFTE class.

Teams can have 1, 2, 3, or 4 members (including the team leader).

Pre-Application Information:

All entries must be submitted by 11pm (US Eastern Time) on December 15, 2021.

First-round judging will commence in late December and conclude in late January. Finalists will be notified in early February. The final round of competition is February 14-25, 2022. Final round judging will conclude in March and winners will be notified by March 31, 2022.

First-round judging determines the top ten entries in each challenge category. If you're selected to advance to the final round, you'll be asked just one more question: can you persuade the judges your idea is the best entry in its category? Finalists are given an opportunity to submit a 1-minute video pitch in support of their entries and final round judging determines the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizewinners in each challenge category.

There is no limit on the number of prize awards you can win, either. Some competitors enter more than one challenge and win multiple prizes.

About the Competition:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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120 Wall Street, Suite 1801
New York, NY 10005
+1 212 232 3333

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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