Climate innovation youth challenge

Application Deadline: 3 August 2022
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The Eco Org and UNICEF have partnered to launch an initiative for young people that encourages climate innovation – the initiative will include a set of protocols for engaging young people, technologists, private sector, and civil society in problem-solving.

The journey from Innovation to entrepreneurship requires support from various industry experts and other stakeholders. It needs to create a culture that embraces experimentation, and constantly evaluates and recognizes problems as opportunities for designing a novel solution.

Our program gives you access to:
  • Mentorship from industry veterans and experts across creative and technical fields.
  • Curated programming on topics ranging from business strategy, growth and management to fundraising.
  • Networking events and opportunities to learn from a curated cohort of entrepreneurs from around the world.
  • Potential for commercial support and partnerships.
  • Prototyping tools and resources.

Talia Rafaeli

General Partner at Kompas. Former Investment Director at Porsche.

Mari-Liis Lind

Co-Founder, VIVITA Creativity Accelerator for Children & Youth.

Nancy Diniz

Course Leader, Masters in Biodesign at Central Saint Martins - UAL. Architect, Principal of Augmented Architectures and bioMATTERS.

Dr. Alice Cooper

Lecturer in Biology and Living Systems, Masters in Biodesign at Central Saint Martins - University of the Arts London.

Joe Losavio

Manager for Ecosystem Engagement and Development at Mastercard. Former Specialist at World Economic Forum.

Alby Bocanegra

Vice President for Global City Partnerships at Mastercard. Former Chief Technology Officer for New York City.

Afrah Ismail

Co-Founder at Zero Waste Maldives, Mechanical Engineer.

  • Develop materials from plastic waste
  • Develop zero emission water transportation systems.
  • Develop concepts that can contribute to a circular economy.
  • Develop concepts for eco tourism.
  • Develop systems to generate renewable energy.
  • Develop smart technologies to make energy use more efficient.
  • Develop systems that can conserve marine ecosystems.
  • Develop systems for sustainable food production.
Precious Plastic Machines

Precious Plastic Machines

Extended Reality

Extended Reality

Vacuum Formers

Vacuum Formers

3D Printers

3D Printers

Electric Boat Motors

Electric Boat Motors



  • Submission deadline is 22:00hrs on 1st August 2022. You can send in your application by filling in the form on this website.
  • Application is open for ages 19-24. Groups of 3-5 with an interest in climate innovation and sustainable production can apply to one of the 8 challenges.
  • We’ll be selecting 5-10 concepts from the submissions and the selected participants will be contacted during the first week of August.
  • The program will run from August to November 2022.
  • The 2 most innovative ideas will be selected for the UNICEF Global Innovation Challenge.
Will a project I’ve been developing previously qualify?

Yes, provided it fits into one or more of the challenges announced for this program.

Can a commercial project apply?


Can companies apply?


Can individuals apply?

Individuals can apply but we encourage groups with a minimum of 3 participants to apply.

Will there be any funding granted?

Training, workshops, lab space and equipment will be provided, however, funding will not be allocated for the participants. The mentors will guide the participants from the start until they have refined and developed their ideas, to be produced as prototypes.

How much time will this project require?

The project will run from August until November 2022, with a minimum of 2 sessions per week (approximately 6-8 hours a week).

Can I participate virtually?

Unfortunately, you cannot participate virtually. Physical presence would be required for some parts of the program.

Where will the program take place?

The sessions will take place in the Greater Male Region. Participants will be given further information about the session details.