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  • Cambridge, MA - 3 Days
    May 16

    SOLVE at MIT

    Solve at MIT is the annual flagship Solve event, which takes place on MIT’s campus. The Solver class presents their solutions to Solve Challenges, and participates in workshops with Solve members to develop partnerships to pilot and implement the solutions. The next set of Solve Challenges are also workshopped at this event.

    Solve at MIT will feature our selected Solver class, as well as the foremost leaders from corporations, foundations, nonprofit organizations, government, academia, and the media. The Solve community is united by a common goal: partnering to implement the best solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

    • Five plenary sessions: Panel discussions featuring top speakers.
    • Challenge workshops: Working sessions that focus on Solve’s current and new challenges, with the aim of developing partnerships to pilot and scale solutions.
    • Salon Dinners: Facilitated intimate dinners that encourage group conversation around a specific topic.

    If you’re interested in attending, find out how you can become a member of Solve, or reach out to us at

    And if you can’t join in person, you’ll be able to watch our plenary sessions right here on the Solve at MIT 2018 page during the event.

  • New York, NY - 1 Day
    May 4

    NYU $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge: THE FINAL PITCH-OFF

    Live pitches. People’s Choice voting. Upwards of $300K of cash and startup services on the line to win. You won’t want to miss the $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge.

    The W. R. Berkley Innovation Labs is excited to invite you to the Final Pitch-Off for the $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge. The $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge at the NYU Stern School of Business is one of the largest and most innovative accelerator programs in the world. This year, more than 500 students, alumni and faculty members from 17 schools and divisions across NYU’s global campuses entered to compete for a combined $300,000 in cash and startup services.

    We hope to see you there! The Final Pitch-Off for the $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge will take place on Friday, May 4th. Please RSVP here.

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  • Virtual / Africa - 1 Day
    May 23

    Deadline: Ecobank Fintech Challenge

    Ecobank Fintech Challenge is a pan-African innovation competition and start-up partnership offering by Ecobank. It is designed to inspire, support and partner African start-ups and developers, with an aim to facilitate the development of innovative “FinTech” and banking related solutions.

    Our goal is to showcase and collaborate with the most promising fintech start-ups from across the continent and support them through commercial partnerships to grow and scale into successful pan-African and global businesses.

    Teams are to submit applications addressing one or more of the following challenges

    1. Digital Onboarding/ Account Opening/ Know- Your-Customer Technology
    2.  Remittances
    3. Digital Sales/Marketing
    4. Offline Mobile-to-Mobile Payments
    5. Multi-Channel Payments/Collect Ecosystems
    6.  SME Intra-African Trade Platform
    7. Any other Fintech solution

    All African start-ups, and start-ups with solutions for Africa are eligible to apply to the fintech challenge.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    June 1

    Deadline: Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018

    Are you an innovative entrepreneur with a sustainable business plan that contributes to an eco-friendly lifestyle and reduces greenhouse-gas emissions? Your plan might be worth €500,000!

    Sign up for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018: a global search for the best green business plan to combat climate change. A competition for bright entrepreneurs that successfully fuse sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity. With a combined total of €1,000,000 in prize money, the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is one of the largest annual competitions in the field of sustainability. The winner receives €500,000 to further develop their service or product and bring it to market within the next two years. The runner-up will receive €200,000 and the three other finalists will win €100,000 each.

    Entrepreneurs from all over the world can submit their sustainable business plans until the 1st of June, 2018. All entries must be submitted in English. In mid-July, the organization will announce the 25 nominees who are in the running for a position as a finalist.

    In mid-August, five finalists will be selected for the final round of the competition. If you have been selected, you will be invited to attend the grand finale in Amsterdam on September 13. There you will present your business plan in front of a selected audience to an international panel of experts.

    The winner will not only take home half a million euros, they will also receive six months of expert coaching and help in bringing their idea to market. The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge competition is organized by the Postcode Lottery (active in the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and Germany).

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  • Kitwe, Zambia - 2 Days
    February 1

    Youth Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Summit

    Innovative Zambian Youths Organization will host the Youth Entrepreneurship And Small Business Development Summit from 1 – 2 February, 2018 at Copperbelt University (CBU). The event will draw powerful speakers from around the Country , including foreign ministers, heads of government, NGOs, scientists, philanthropists and the business world. As an integral part of the Our Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Summit, will also draw high-level Young leaders, who will interact with student participants, facilitate breakout sessions.To apply to be a Youths Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Summit take part in this extraordinary event, please complete the following application by Tuesday 31 January at 11:59PM PDT.n

    The Youths Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Summit is a unique full-days conference for youth centered on innovation and entrepreneurship, featuring interactive workshops, engaging speakers, networking opportunities and final round of Innovative Zambian Youths Organization. This combination of activities will help youths to develop new skills while also energizing their entrepreneurial spirits, immersing them in a community of like-minded pears and forging lifelong connection.

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  • Online - 1 Day
    December 1

    Deadline for Submissions: GALI Student Data Competition

    The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative invites undergraduate and graduate students to answer a key question for the field of entrepreneurship by analyzing our unique, global dataset on acceleration and early stage entrepreneurs. The competition is open to individual and team submissions from universities around the world.

    The winning team will have their submission published, and will be awarded a prize of $2,000. Up to two runner-up submissions may be awarded $500 each.  Submissions are due December 1, 2017.

    Please send any questions concerning the competition to Abby Davidson at

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  • Quito, Ecuador - 2 Days
    November 16

    The IDEA Forum – Planned Parenthood Global

    The IDEA Initiative is a call to action for the boldest problem-solvers across Latin America to apply their expertise in communications, technology and innovation in solving the toughest problems in reproductive health. It includes events, collaborations, networking, innovation prizes, an idea lab, social impact investing, and more in Quito, Ecuador. Through inspiring presentations, panels, an ideas lab, gameroom, networkers, and pitch sessions, participants will have the opportunity to design the new emerging wave of innovation for reproductive rights in Latin America.

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  • Nairobi, Kenya - 1 Day
    October 11

    Startup Battlefield Africa 2017

    The African continent is rich with diversity – in language, culture, and perspectives – which has fostered innovation and creativity across a broad spectrum of categories. TechCrunch is bringing its experience with Startup Battlefield, one of the world’s premier startup competitions, to Sub-Saharan Africa to discover great early stage companies that have created technology to solve problems and develop the ecosystem within the region.

    In the first event of its kind on the continent, TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa 2017, will search for the best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs in Sub Saharan Africa. The event will see entrepreneurs and developers compete across three categories: social good; productivity and utility; and gaming and entertainment. It will tell the founders’ stories, uncovering the next wave of disruptive innovations and putting African invention under the global spotlight.

    Ned Desmond, COO, TechCrunch adds, “We’re really pleased to be able to bring the first Startup Battlefield to Africa. This is an exciting event, with opportunities to discover the creativity, talent and imagination of startups from across the continent. TechCrunch has held events across the world, and being able to hold Battlefield Africa is a natural progression. We can’t wait to see the results.

    Apart from the exposure that comes from pitching to the global TechCrunch audience as well as distinguished technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors live in Nairobi, the overall winner will receive $25,000 in no-equity cash plus an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco to compete in Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt SF 2018.

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