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MIT Solve Global Challenges 2018 for Entrepreneurs

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT Solve Global Challenges 2018 for Entrepreneurs. The “Solve” program at MIT announces four global challenges in 2018, inviting anyone in the world to propose solutions to them. With the intention to help potential candidates financially to continue their studies Massachusetts Institute of Technology has introduced Solve Global Challenges 2018.

Solve at MIT is a flagship annual event held on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA, bringing together over 300 leaders from the tech industry, business, philanthropy, government, and civil society. Solvers and their solutions will be featured on stage, in online and written materials, and through dedicated challenge workshops.

Global Challenges:

  1. Work for the Future: How can those most affected by the technology-driven transformations of work create productive and prosperous livelihoods for themselves?
  2. Frontline of Health: How can communities invest in frontline health workers and services to improve their access to effective and affordable care?
  3. Teachers and Educators: How can teachers and educators provide accessible, personalized, and creative learning experiences for all?
  4. Coastal Communities: How can coastal communities mitigate and adapt to climate change while developing and prospering?


Finalists will be invited to a live pitch event in New York during the U.N. General Assembly, where they select Solvers with the most promising solutions. The Solvers then gain access to Solve’s community.

They’ll work with you to provide:

  • Match-making with Solve community members that can lead to partnerships to fund, pilot, and scale each solution.
  • Funding commitments from our partners if available, as laid out on each challenge page.
  • Mentorship and training opportunities to help you workshop and pitch your solution.
  • Access to our flagship annual event Solve at MIT where Solvers and Solve community members come together.

Submit your solution to one of the following challenges

August, 2018 – Finalists announced
September, 2018 – Finalists pitch in New York during the U.N. General Assembly week

Application Deadline: 1st July 2018

For more information, visit: MIT’s Solve Global Challenges.

Apply: Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge for DeepTech Entrepreneurs

The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge gives scientists and deeptech entrepreneurs around the globe a platform for their research and projects, providing equity-free prize money as well as other funding opportunities, global visibility and connections with key players in the deeptech innovation network.

The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge is a renowned global startup competition designed specifically to address the needs of deeptech entrepreneurs across several different industries and technologies.

Calendar For Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge 2018

  • Applications open : June 04th,2018
  • Applications close : Sept 14th 2018
  • Publication of the top 500: October 2018
  • Announcement of finalist: January 2019
  • Investor day:  March 13th  2019
  • Hello Tomorrow Global summit : March 14-15th 2019

Eligibility criteria

  • Your project is in its early stage of development (Seed or series A): Hello Tomorrow also accepts projects that are about to be spinned-out from academic labs as long as they have a strong proof of concept
  • Your project is based on a scientific discovery,an advance technology,a complex engineering process or an innovative application of an existing technology.
  • Your project could solve an industrial ,societal or environmental unmet need or create a new market
  • You are a team of at least 2 working on the project.


One €100K grand prize: For the best early-stage startup – Equity-free, no strings attached – Powered by BNP Paribas

Ten €15K track prizes: For the best early-stage startup in each track – Equity free, no strings attached – Powered by the track partners

Exclusive access to the Hello Tomorrow investor day March 13th 2019:

A full day of one-on-one meetings with more than 200 leading international investors – Seed & Series A – Atomico, Sofinnova, Accel, Index, Lakestar, Flagship, Breakout Labs, Novo, Point Nine, Ecomachine Ventures

Exclusive access to the Hello Tomorrow global summit – March 14th & 15th 2019:

Schedule meetings with hundreds of C-level industrial leaders – Showcase your product in a dedicated room – Pitch in front of audience

  • Meetings, articles & interviews with international media
  • Worldwide publication of a global top 500 deep tech startup list

Click here to apply

For more information on Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge,please visit


Apply: Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

Applications are open for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, a unique opportunity for early-phase women entrepreneurs to take their companies to the next level. The Award is looking for committed female entrepreneurs heading initiatives with the potential to grow significantly in the years to come.

Competition Highlights

  • One-to-one personalized business coaching prior to the Awards week
  • Series of entrepreneurship workshops, knowledge sessions and networking events during the Awards week
  • Media visibility
  • A scholarship to attend the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship 6-Day Executive Programme (provided the business meets INSEAD’s eligibility criteria)
  • Networking opportunities through the Cartier Awards community

Prize Information

  • First prize for the 7 laureates:
    • US$ 100 000 in prize money
    • One-to-one personalized business mentoring
  • Second prize for the 14 finalists:
    • S$ 30 000 in prize money

Eligibility Criteria

  • Women entrepreneurs in the initial stages of development, in any country, of any nationality and operating in any industry are welcome to submit their application.
  • To be considered for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, the project must be an original for-profit early-stage business (1 to 3 years old) led by a woman.
  • For-profit: the business should be designed to generate revenues, non-profit project proposals not accepted.
  • Originality: the business should be a new concept, wholly conceived by the founder or team, and not a copy or subsidiary of an existing business.
  • Early stage: the business should be in the initial phase of its development (between 1-3 years)
  • Revenue generation: the business should currently be generating revenue. It being understood that a business that is generating revenue is not necessarily profitable in its first years of operations.
  • Women leadership & ownership: The main leadership position must be filled by a woman either in the capacity of Director, General Manager or CEO. She must also own significant stake within the company. The ownership of the business is evaluated based on the position of the candidate in relation to other stakeholders.
  • Legal entry age: 18 or the age of legal majority in country of citizenship (whichever is older) on the day of the application deadline.
  • Good command of English required (both verbal and written).

Evaluation Criteria

  • The Jury evaluates the projects based on criteria of creativity, sustainability (potential for growth) and impact
    • Creativity: degree of innovation shown by the overall business concept, uniqueness of the project on the market or country where it is being developed
    • Financial sustainability: financial impact of the business; revenue model, development strategy and other aspects indicating its chances of long-term success and future growth
    • Social impact: effect of the business on society, in terms of jobs created or its effect on the immediate or broader environment
    • The overall quality and clarity of the material presented

Deadline: 31 August 2018

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.

Apply: World Bank Group’s Young Professionals Program

The World Bank is currently seeking applications for its Young Professionals Program (YPP) with an aim to provide opportunity for younger talent who have both a passion for international development and the leadership potential to grow in fascinating top technical and managerial roles in the World Bank Group.

The program is designed for highly qualified and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to WBG technical/operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources and others. To be competitive for this highly selective program, candidates need to demonstrate a commitment to development, proven academic success, professional achievement, and leadership capability.

Young Professionals are offered a five-year renewable term contract, spend 24 months in a structured development program, and enjoy a variety of benefits and opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria

The following are the minimum requirements to be eligible for the Young Professionals Program:

  • Citizenship of a member country of the World Bank Group
  • Be born on or after October 1, 1986
  • A PhD or Master’s degree and relevant work experience
  • Fluency in English
  • Full proficiency in one or more of the WBG’s working languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish is desired but not required
  • Specialization in a field relevant to the WBG Technical/Operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources, and others
  • At least three years of relevant professional experience related to development or continued academic study at the doctoral level.

Application Process

The application for the 2019 Selection Process for the Young Professionals Program at the World Bank is open from June 14 – July 31, 2018.

Before You Apply, please ensure that:

  • You meet the minimum requirements for eligibility for the Young Professionals Program and,
  • You have all the information at hand including key dates, an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV), Education Certificates/Transcripts, PhD Dissertation/Master’s Thesis topics (short summary), if applicable, and the Application Essay ready to be uploaded

Deadline: 31 July 2018

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

For more information, please visit Young Professionals Program.

Apply: World Summit Award 2018 for Young Digital Entrepreneurs

Submissions for World Summit Award 2018 for Young Digital Entrepreneurs can contain all digital content with a clear impact, such as: apps, webpages, applications for wearables, kiosk installations, SMS based products, mobile and online games and interactive productions. There is no limitation regarding the platforms or channels the projects work with.

Eligibility Requirements:


  • Any company, organisation or individual from all UN and UNESCO member states are welcome to apply.
  • The WSA Young Innovators Award  is limited to projects initiated and executed by people under the age of 30 from any of the UN and UNESCO member states.


  • WSA is strictly restricted to digital applications with a strong impact on society.
  • Submissions for the WSA can contain mobile applications, sms based products, webpages, databases, kiosk installations, wearables, IoT etc. There is no limitation regarding the platforms or channels the projects work with.
  • The projects can be max. 2 years old at the date of nomination.
  • No ideas, drafts, demonstrations or concepts are accepted, all submitted projects must be market ready or already on the market.
  • WSA evaluates and highlights the content, user value and local impact of digital solutions.


Winners of the World Summit Awards benefit from:

Invitation to the WSA World Congress including:

  • Pitching seminars
  • 7 minute pitch session in front of an international audience during the Congress
  • A program of especially crafted workshops for the winners
  • Invitation to the prestigious award ceremony and Gala night
  • Board and lodging for the durance of the Congress
  • Eye to eye exchange with speakers, jurors and international guests
  • Integration into a network of internationally recognized digital content developers
  • Access to the WSA community of global experts and industry leaders in over 178 countries
  • Interaction with world-renowned sponsors and partners of the WSA community
  • Workshops specially shaped for the winners needs
  • A videoclip highlighting the winners projects
  • Special placement on WSA website, youtube channel and social media promotion
  • Long-term coverage within WSA editorial channels


  • April 15 – August 31, 2018: WSA call for nominations
  • September/October 2018: Online Jury
  • November 2018: Grand Jury Meeting (tbc)
  • Spring 2019: WSA Global Congress and Winners Ceremony in Vienna, Austria

How to Apply:

  • To find out who your WSA National Expert is, please click hereWSA office will be happy to introduce you to your WSA National Expert . Once you have contacted your expert, they will go through the steps you will need to take in order to qualify for national selection with you.Some countries also offer application through a national contest.
  • Your project will be reviewed and evaluated if it meets the eligibility criteria and standards of WSA. If your project is chosen to be nominated in one of the WSA categories, your WSA National Expert  will enter your data in the WSA online Contest Database. Please make sure your WSA National Expert  has the right contact data.
  • Upon nomination, you will receive a confirmation email inviting you to complete your application. Please make sure to check your spamfolder. After submitting your application you are officially enrolled in the global WSA. An especially assembled international Jury will then evaluated all nominated and completed projects and choose the 40 WSA winners and WSA Young Innovators per year.

Application Deadline: August 31st, 2018

Click here for more information on how to apply

Apply: MEST Africa Challenge Scale-up Pitch Competition 2018

MEST Africa scale-up pitch competition: Accra, Lagos, Nairobi and Cape Town. For 10 years, MEST has trained aspiring entrepreneurs and invested in exceptional businesses with Pan-African ambitions. These companies have gone on to enter new markets, with MEST growing alongside them as we’ve learned about the opportunities and challenges they face as they scale.

This year, we are excited to host our first Pan-African startup pitch competition, the MEST Africa Challenge! We’re looking for the continent’s most exciting African startups who are looking to scale into new markets, to participate in the Challenge.

If you are a post-revenue tech business, in any vertical, who can show why you should be taken seriously as a leader in your space, apply now for the chance to pitch at our regional events in Accra, Nairobi, Lagos and Cape Town!

The winners of the regional competitions will be flown to Cape Town in June to pitch in the finals. You could receive $50k in equity investment from MEST, as well as a home in any of our incubators. Come meet the leading investors, corporates and ecosystem partners from across Africa, Silicon Valley and Europe, who will take your business Pan-African.

Regional pitch events

The regional events will be held on the following dates, at MEST Incubator campuses:

  • April 28th: Accra, Ghana
  • April 28th: Lagos, Nigeria
  • April 30th: Nairobi, Kenya
  • May 5th: Cape Town, South Africa

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Companies must be post-revenue
  • Companies must operate in the market in which they are applying
  • Companies must be primarily tech-focused

Applications are open from April 3 -22nd, 2018

Click here to Apply now.

Further information Click here

School Enterprise Challenge 2018

The School Enterprise Challenge is an international business programme for schools run by the educational charity Teach A Man To Fish.

It guides and supports teachers and students to plan and set up real, sustainable school businesses. Students get the chance to gain hands-on experience of running a real business and generate real profits to help support their school or a social causeof their choice.

 Schools have set up an amazing variety of businesses. In 2017, more than 6000 schools from over 100 countries registered to take part and the businesses students set up ranged from fly fishing in Belize, to an inter-schools newspaper in India and a car wash in South Africa.
The programme empowers students to develop essential 21st century skills in a fun and interactive way. Schools have the chance to get recognized at an international level and win prizes along the way for their outstanding work and impact.
The School Enterprise Challenge runs all year around. There are three certificate levels for schools to take part in: BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD.
The School Enterprise Challenge Awards Programme is FREE to join and offers a wide range of learning and award opportunities for both students and teachers. Here are just some of the benefits of taking part:
  • Teach 21st century skills in a fun and innovative way-take learning out of the classroom and into the real world
  • Experience planning and running a REAL business
  • Raise extra income for your school
  • Become part of a global community of enterprising schools
  • Work towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold level certificate
  • Win a place at our regional conference and up to $5,000 for your school
  • Win the Inspirational Teacher Prize of $1,000
  • Enterprising students can win cameras and laptops
Getting Connected:
Throughout the School Enterprise Challenge we provide extra opportunities for participating schools, including:
  • A mentorship programme for schools that want to receive extra support from a business mentor.
  • A school partnership programme connecting enterprising schools around the world to support each other, exchange learnings and share experiences.
  • Global events and mini competitions supporting the development of new skills and an opportunity for schools to be recognized on a global scale.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, kindly visit the link below

Click here to apply for the School Enterprise Challenge 2018

Application Deadline: 16th May 2018

Nokia/Bell Labs Prize 2018 for Game Changing Ideas in ICT (100,000+ USD Prize)

The Bell Labs Prize is a competition for innovators from participating countries around the globe that seeks to recognize proposals that ‘change the game’ in the field of information and communications technologies by a factor of 10, and provides selected innovators the unique opportunity to collaborate with Bell Labs researchers to help realize their vision.


The three winners may be given the opportunity to collaborate with Bell Labs to see their research project to fruition, when possible.

First prize : $100K
Second prize : $50K
Third prize : $25K

Winners will be announced at the Bell Labs prize awards event on or about December, 2018.
Selected participants may have an opportunity to work with Bell Labs, giving them the opportunity to collaborate with researchers to further develop the idea and enhance its commercial viability.

The Challenge

Stage One

In Stage One, you will be requested to formulate an idea (max 250 words) related to the field of information and communications technologies. You will have the option to attach 3 pages of text and/or images to illustrate your concept.

In the submission form we have outlined an indicative list of categories related to communications technologies. Please select the one that best matches your idea. The list is not restrictive and you are free to indicate a different category.

Categories: Web Applications, Cloud Services, Information Theory, Coding Theory, Computational Sciences, Cryptography, Distributed Systems, Data Privacy, Mathematics of Networks, Modulation Schemes, Optical Systems or Components, Communications Systems, Network Protocols, Security, Network Architecture, RF design, Sustainability, Wireless, Fixed Network technologies, Software-Defined Networks, Virtualization Technologies, Real-time Analytics, Search algorithms, Self-Optimizing Networks, Inference systems.

Stage Two

Finalists from Stage 1 will be assigned a Bell Labs researcher as a Partner (BLRP) to help them strengthen their idea and turn it into a robust proposal.

Your BLRP will help you develop each element of your idea – from your vision until initial thoughts on implementation through to description of context, risks and impact. The objective is to have a strong and complete proposal that selected finalists can present in person to the Bell Labs Judging Panel.

Evaluation Criteria

Ideas will be evaluated by Bell Labs researchers based on the following 3 criteria:

  • 10x Innovation Potential – How is your proposal novel – what has not been done before, what is the “out of the box” thinking that could result in a 10x change in performance (e.g., speed/throughput, distance, latency, cost, energy efficiency or simplicity)?
  • Technical Merit – How technically sound is your proposal? On what current principles and capabilities does it depend versus further/future advancements and innovations?
  • Feasibility – Can a proof of concept, simulation or demonstration be built in the course of the competition? What is required to do so? In order to build a commercially viable (revenue and profit-generating) solution, what more would be required?

Application Process:

Stage 1 Call for Proposals

On March 1, 2018, the website will open for submissions. After registering on the website, you will have access to an application form where you will have the opportunity to provide us with the details of your idea. You will be asked to write a short description (max 250 words) and will have the option to attach a maximum of 3 explanatory pages. The deadline to submit your proposal is April 25, 2018.

Stage 2 Proposal submissions for finalists

If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to submit a more detailed proposal by September 7, 2018.

During this phase, you will be assigned a Bell Labs researcher to collaborate with you to enhance your proposal. Your Bell Labs Research Partner (BLTP) will assist you in the three main attributes that we are looking for: 1) 10x Innovation Potential, 2) Technical Merit of the proposal and 3) Feasibility of idea by creating a quick proof of concept or demonstration. All stage 2 candidates will be invited to a Bell Labs location to meet their BLRP and visit our facility

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, kindly visit the link below:

Click here to apply for this Bell Labs Prize 2018

Application Deadline: April 25, 2018.

Anzisha Prize 2018 for Africa’s Top Young Entrepreneurs ($USD 100,000 Prize)

The Anzisha Prize seeks to award young entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities. 15 finalists from across Africa win a spot in a lifelong fellowship what will help to accelerate their path to entrepreneurship success.

The first step in this journey is that they win an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa to be a part of a ten day long entrepreneurship workshop and conference at the African Leadership Academy campus on the outskirts of Johannesburg.

The grand prize winners, selected from these finalists, will share prizes worth $100,000 USD. The fellowship continues thereafter, offering them business consulting services to unlock growth potential in their venture, connecting them to a global network of leaders, providing access to global speaking opportunities, and supporting their professional development.

In addition to the $100 000 competition, the Anzisha Prize seeks to fundamentally and significantly increase the number of job generative entrepreneurs in Africa. We believe that a key to doing so is to test, implement and then share models for identifying, training and connecting high potential, very young entrepreneurs (15 to 22-year-olds) so that many more organisations have better collective success in creating a pipeline entrepreneurs with the capabilities for scale.


  1. You must be between 15 and 22 years old with an ID document or Passport to present as evidence. Anyone born before April 16, 1994 or after April 16, 2001 will not be considered.
  2. You must be a national of an African country with a business based in Africa for African customers/ beneficiaries.
  3. Your business must be up and running. The Anzisha Prize is not for great ideas or business plans – you must have already started, and be able to prove it! You have time to get started now and have tangible results to share before applications open.
  4. Your business, invention or social project can be in any field or industry (science and technology, civil society, arts and culture, sports, etc.). Any kind of venture is welcome to apply.
  5. Individuals who apply must be one of the founding members of a business (for example, 2 or 3 co-founders who started a business together). One person can apply for the Prize, on behalf of the team.


Value of the Fellowship – Additional investment of $8,000/ $10,000 in each Fellow

  1. Monetary Reward of a shared amount of $100,000
  2. $2,000 access to a world-renowned Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum and training with the potential for further investment based on engagement and performance
  3. $2,500 worth of rewards from consulting and mentorship services
  4. $2,000 worth of rewards from Global speaking events or Experts in Residence support
  5. $1,000 worth of rewards from Regional Indabas across the continent

Selection Criteria:

  • Already Running Venture: Is the venture established with customers and beneficiaries? Does the venture deliver value to said beneficiaries and customers?
  • Founder-led: Is the venture led and managed by the founder?
  • Impact: Has the venture demonstrated some impact already?
  • Scalability: If the venture is a for-profit business, does it already earn revenues and does it have potential increase revenues with the support of Anzisha? If the venture is a not-for-profit enterprise, does it already reach beneficiaries and does it have the potential to reach many more beneficiaries with support from Anzisha?
  • Job Creation: Has the venture created some jobs and has the potential to create more high-quality jobs?

Nomination Procedure:

More Information and How to Apply:

Visit the link below to read more

Click here to read more about the Anzisha Prize 2018

Application Deadline: March 31st 2018

Global Social Benefit Institute Accelerator Programme 2018/2019 for social enterprises

Miller Center delivers world-class accelerator programs that connect global social enterprise leaders with Silicon Valley business executives to develop more sustainable, scalable market-based solutions to the problems of those living in poverty around the world.

Miller Center are launching a 6-month accelerator program for social enterprises that serve or are led by migrants, refugees, and human trafficking survivors. The program will culminate in an Investor Showcase in the Bay Area, timed so that program participants can meet impact investors at SOCAP18.

Benefits to selected social entrepreneurs:

  • PROVEN PROGRAM.  Experience Miller Center’s structured, validated curriculum that has helped over 800 social enterprises attain operational excellence and prepare for investment.
  • MENTORS. You will be accompanied by Silicon Valley mentors with expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship who are your trusted advisors
  • INVESTOR SHOWCASE.  An opportunity to pitch your plan for scaling with a justifiable ask at an Investor Showcase in San Francisco.
  • NO CHARGE.  All Miller Center GSBI accelerator programs are offered at no charge to selected social enterprises.

Miller Center GSBI accelerator seek applicants who:

  • Lead an existing for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid social enterprise (not microenterprise), in operation for one or more years.
  • Deliver products or services to undocumented migrants, refugees, or human trafficking survivors, OR provide infrastructure to address challenges facing these vulnerable populations, OR are led by migrants or refugees.
  • Are willing to commit 3-6 hours per week to complete program deliverables and work with your mentors online.

Social entrepreneurs selected into GSBI Online or GSBI Accelerator receive:

  • Two mentors to work with for the program duration
  • Program management from GSBI staff with regular communications to keep you on-track and provide support as needed, along with useful sector resources
  • Content tailored to your business needs with templates, tools, and resources
  • A full scholarship for the program costs*

*GSBI In-residence Accelerator participants are expected to pay for round-trip airfare for the 10-day in-residence portion of the program in August at Santa Clara University.

Key Dates

  • March 16, 2018 | Applications due March 16, 2018
  • Week of April 23, 2018 | Finalists notified
  • May 15, 2018 | GSBI Online accelerator program commences
  • October 19 – October 23, 2018 | In-residence in Silicon Valley
  • October 23, 2018 | Investor Showcase in San Francisco Bay Area
  • November 2018 | GSBI Online accelerator program completion

How to Apply:

If you are interested in this opportunity, kindly visit the link below to apply

Click here to apply for the Miller Center GSBI accelerator Program 2018

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