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World Series of Innovation (WSI)

Prizes to USA, Canada, and International Students
for Innovative Solutions to Global and Business Challenges

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Foundation / Corporation

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Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

Deadline Date:

04/24/19 8:00 PM EST


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Prizes ranging from $300 to $1,500 to USA, Canada, and International groups of two to three students ages 13-24 to come up with innovative solutions to business challenges and global issues, as identified by the United Nations. Groups must brainstorm and write a one-minute commercial storyboard and script describing their solution.

This year students are being asked to put on their creative thinking caps to help solve 21st Century business challenges, as well as Global Goals that the United Nations has identified. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and aim to provide new solutions to the challenges presented.

The Innovation Challenges in this year’s World Series of Innovation will center on four Sustainable Development Goals:

- Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy
- Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
- Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

See the following link to view the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165282

Estimated Size of Grant:

The winning team in each category will receive a prize of $1,500 to share, and a prize of $500 for their school or other community nonprofit organization. If a winning team is not affiliated with a school or nonprofit, they may choose a school or nonprofit to receive this portion of the prize. Runners up will receive a prize of $300 for the team to share.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility: Any team of students or young people (age 13- 24) can participate, providing they can present their submission in English, with a team of at least 2 and not more than 3 participants.

Pre-Application Information:

It is recommended to spend at least 90 minutes on toolkit activities and background work and 90 minutes on innovating and submitting. This includes creating the script, storyboard and your commercial.

Completed 60-second commercials and submissions are due by April 24, 2019.

A panel of judges will select the top ten submissions in each challenge category. From the top ten submissions, three category finalists will be chosen by a committee of elite judges from the sponsoring organization. The three finalists will go head-to head in a public, online vote in January. The people’s choice voting results will be added to the judges’ scores to select one winner per challenge.

The winning team will be selected based on a combination of the People’s Choice voting and the judges’ scores, and announced on May 31, 2019. Prizes will be distributed to winners within 60 days from the receipt of the winners’ completed contracts.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.