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  • Paris, France - 2 Days
    September 28


    The world is facing critical challenges. But nothing we can’t overcome!
    All around the globe, inspiring individuals are inventing new solutions, rethinking the way we do business, challenging the status quo. Still, they are too often marginalized, unknown, and struggle to find the support they need to really make a difference.

    ChangeNOW celebrates and supports those changemakers.

    It is the annual reunion for all enthusiasts who want to shake and shape the world we live in.

    To make change real. Now.

    At ChangeNOW we search for solutions that can impact and change the world. Based on the UN Sustainable Development goals , we consider these 8 areas as the most urgent Global Issues of the XXIst century, and for which practical and sustainable solutions can be developed.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    October 31

    Deadline: empowering people. Award 2019

    Siemens Stiftung has launched empowering people. Award 2019, calling on social entrepreneurs and developers from across the world to enter.

    The award identifies and supports low-tech solutions that address crucial basic needs sectors in developing regions. This is the third round of the competition, launched online through videos and a widespread social media campaign.

    Technologies entering the competition should be simple, feasible, embedded in a social business model, and deliver sustainable support to a local community in one of the following eight categories:

    • Education & Training
    • Energy
    • Financial Technology
    • Food & Agriculture
    • Healthcare
    • Mobility & Infrastructure
    • Waste Management
    • Water & Sanitation

    Entries will be assessed by technology and business experts, and the top three winners will be selected by an experienced international jury panel.

    The first prize is worth 50,000 Euros, with 30,000 and 20,000 Euros awarded to the second and third prize winners respectively. Seven runners-up will also be awarded 10,000 Euros each. A Special WASH Award of 20,000 Euros, supported by Knorr Bremse Global Care,and a Community Prize of 10,000 Euros, will also be awarded.

    Winners gain from long-term membership of the empowering people. Network, a vibrant ecosystem of innovators, development professionals and technology experts. The Network promotes online and offline synergies, mentoring, training and technical cooperation. Winning solutions will also be endorsed by inclusion into the Network’s Solutions Database, putting them in the international spotlight to enhance the scope and impact of their technologies.

    The award is supported by Siemens Stiftung’s longtime collaborators Engineering for ChangeMIT D-Lab, and Technology Exchange Lab.

    The competition is now live! Enter online by October 31, 2018, 24:00 CET.

    The last two rounds of the award have been immensely popular across the global entrepreneur community, receiving 1,600 applications from more than 100 countries.


    Further information can be found on

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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.

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  • 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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