ITU Young Innovators Competition 2014 – Win $10,000 & a trip to Doha, Qatar

ITU Young Innovators Competition 2014 – Win $10,000 & a trip to Doha, Qatar

Deadline: July 31, 2014

ITU Telecom World is looking for gifted young entrepreneurs with ideas for innovative social enterprises. The Young Innovators Competition seeks to foster innovative ideas amongst the next generation of social entrepreneurs working to change the world through technology.

The Young Innovators Competition seeks for 18-30 year old entrepreneurs from around the world with social start-ups which use open source technologies for disaster management. This could include disaster preparedness, early warning, emergency communication and response, and recovery from natural disasters.

They are looking for communication technologies, teaching tools, new equipment to save lives during a disaster, and new tools to help clean up, recover and rebuild after the event. Examples of open source technologies used in disaster management may include 3D printing, UAVs, Raspberry Pi and Arduino – we invite you to surprise us with your innovative approach.


Two winners will be selected and will receive

  • Up to USD 10,000 of seed funding
  • Business workshops, networking, showcasing and pitching opportunities with potential investors at ITU
  • Mentorship programme throughout the development year to help their businesses to thrive
  • An opportunity to showcase at the InnovationSpace of ITU Telecom World 2014 in Doha, Qatar.

ITU shall be responsible for the travel and accommodation arrangements and costs, as well as daily subsistence allowance for the winners for the purpose of attending ITU Telecom World 2014.


  • Applicants must be older than 18 and younger than 30 years old at the time of entry.
  • The Competition is open to individuals from Members States of the ITU.
  • Applicants may work with other individuals or teams of individuals but only the founder of a start-up or the submitter of the contribution will be eligible for winning the Competition.
  • Winning projects of previous Young Innovators Competitions are not eligible to be considered for an award
  • Applicants must not be an employee (or member of an employee’s family or household) of ITU nor holding an offer for future employment with ITU.

How to Apply

Submit a short summary of how your start-up tackles the challenge and attach your business plan (maximum 5000 words). Comment, vote, and discuss. The best ideas will be shortlisted in subsequent phases.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions for futher details.

For more information, visit Young Innovators Competition 2014.