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2021 NFTE World Series of Innovation

The World Series of Innovation is a global online competition that invites young people ages 13-24 to come up with innovative ideas for tackling some of the biggest challenges facing the world today, from social justice to climate change.

Got an idea that could change the world? There are seven innovation challenges open right now. It’s free to enter and you can compete in multiple challenge categories if you like. Compete solo or grab or few friends and compete together.

More than $15,000 USD in cash prizes will be awarded to winners.

The three highest-scoring entries in each category receive cash prizes. The 1st place winner receives $1500. The 2nd place winner receives $600 and the 3rd place winner receives $300.

Imagine solutions for epic challenges to humanity — from eradicating hunger and poverty to achieving peace, justice and equality.

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

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mary Kay Gender Equality Challenge, SDG 5
    Design a solution to promote workplace equality and equal access to economic opportunity for women and girls.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship – or NFTE – is a global nonprofit that brings high-quality entrepreneurship education to middle and high school students as well as college students and young adults. Most of their work is focused on under-resourced communities.

To apply for any of the challenges or to find further details please visit the official website.