2019 Thought For Food Challenge

Closing Date 24.1 2020. Annual global innovation competition focused on creating and accelerating successful, socially responsible food and agriculture startups in all parts of the world. Next generation innovators and entrepreneurs are called upon to develop new food and agriculture-related business concepts and ventures that improve livelihoods, replenish natural resources, sequester carbon, reduce waste and enhance health and nutrition. Projects should leverage cutting-edge technologies like biotech, blockchain, AI/machine learning, and robotics and incorporate collaborative, circular and inclusive business models. Open to individuals between the ages …

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020

Solutions due 17.1 2020. Worldwide search for early stage technology-enabled solutions and services that can enable economic development and/or benefit society and/or the environment. Competition is open to individuals and teams of students or recent alumni from any college or university. Eligibility: At least half of the team’s members must be students currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution or have received a degree after March 1, 2018. If entering as a business entity, at least 25% of the business must be owned by individuals that …

#IdeasChangeLives [British Council]

Closing Date: 10.1 2020. Global innovation challenge to find digital solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems. For 2019, ideas are sought within one of three Global Goals for Sustainable Development: Goal 4: Quality education; Goal 5: Gender equality; and Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth. The competition is open to anyone and everyone across the world, whether they apply as an individual or an organization. Applicants do not necessarily need a working prototype, or need not be working in the digital or …

Diamond Challenge Global Young Entrepreneurs Competition [University of Delaware]

Submissions Close: 8.1 2019. The Challenge aims to empower young people to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world through entrepreneurship. Competition is open to high-school/secondary school students around the world. Competition Tracks: Business Innovation: If the primary purpose is to solve a customer problem that by doing so will generate revenue and profit, then the business innovation competition is right for you.The business innovation competition focuses on the development and validation of new business models. Social Innovation: If the primary purpose is to …

Food System Vision Prize [Rockefeller Foundation, SecondMuse, OpenIDEO]

Early Submissions due 5.12 2019. The Prize is an invitation for organizations across the globe to develop a Vision of the regenerative and nourishing food system that they aspire to create by the year 2050. USD $2 million will be distributed to the Top Visionaries, who will be eligible to receive a prize of $200,000 each. After a Refinement Phase (2 March – 17 April 2020), the finalists will also: Join a cohort of Visionaries addressing systemic food issues via a virtual Accelerator and in-person …

The Catalyst Fund [Roddenberry Foundation]

The Catalyst Fund awards small grants (USD $2,500- $15,000) for early-stage, innovative, and unconventional ideas that address urgent challenges. Applications from all corners of the globe accepted, on a continuous basis, with no deadlines. [via The Roddenberry Foundation] “We’re looking for ideas that challenge our thinking, that compel us to see a problem in a new light; and whose creativity and imagination redefine notions of what can be done and how…. You can be a seasoned social entrepreneur or a first- time changemaker. There are no disqualifiers. No prerequisites.” #socialinnovation, #impactphilanthropy, #socialchange, #venturephilanthropy, #socialentrepreneurs, #strategicphilanthropy, #socialimpact, #philanthropy, #socialventures, #innovation

Dan David Prize

Nominations Close 30.11 2019. International prize which annually awards three prizes of USD $ 1 million each for achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact on our world. Each year fields are chosen within the three Time Dimensions – Past, Present and Future. For 2020, the themes are (1) Past: Cultural Preservation and Revival; (2) Present: Gender Equality; (3) Future – Artificial Intelligence. The prizes are granted to individuals or institutions with proven, exceptional, distinct excellence in the sciences, arts, humanities, public …

2019 Innovation Joint Call for Proposals: Infectious Diseases and Smart Cities [Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation]

Proposals Due 18.11 2019. Proposals must cover the thematic areas of Infectious Diseases (including Antimicrobial Resistance [AMR]) or Smart Cities to enhance bi-regional co-operation and develop new partnerships as well as strengthen existing ones. Open to public legal RTD (Research and Technology Development) entities, higher education institutions, non-university research establishments, companies (all depending on national regulations). The participation of industries is not strictly mandatory but due to the strong application focus of this innovation call the participation of SMEs, industries and clusters in consortia is …

SXSW Pitch 2020

Applications Close 15.11 2019. Opportunity during SXSW 2020 (13-22 March 2020 in Austin, Texas U.S.A.) to showcase innovative new technology to a panel of industry experts, high-profile media professionals, venture capital investors, and angel investors. 50 interactive technology companies in 10 different categories will dazzle a live audience with their company pitch and Q&A with an expert panel of judges. Note: This is not a fundraising event. Eligibility Company’s product or service must launch between 14.3 2018 and 14.6 2020 Only one product or service …

Grand Challenges: Innovations for Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns [Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation]

Closing Date 13.11 2019. Innovations sought to accelerate the improvement of coverage, reach, efficiency, and effectiveness of health campaigns. This includes innovative approaches, practices, or tools that dramatically improve the planning and microplanning, implementation / operations, and monitoring and evaluation that will lead to improved effectiveness of campaigns. Grants Range: up to USD $100,000 per project awarded in Phase I. Phase I awardees will have an opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II award of up to USD $1,000,000. Open to international and domestic …