Apply for the Greenovator Contest – Win up to US$15,000 + a Trip

Apply for the Greenovator Contest – Win up to US$15,000 + a Trip

Deadline: August 14, 2014

The Inter-Development Bank (IDB) invite eligible young innovators to participate in the Greenovators Contest and win a chance of getting up to US$15,000 seed fund.

The Greenovators project is an initiative of the Inter-Development Bank (IDB), Earth University, the Republic of Costa Rica and Ministry of Environment and Energy that aims to reward and promote projects of mitigation and adaptation to change climate led by young people.

30 projects that represent innovative solutions to the challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean will be selected for the Seed Fund and an opportunity to participate in the Greenovators Event.

Areas of Interest

  • Education and Awareness
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Transport
  • Sustainable Business
  • Resilient Agriculture
  • Water resources


  • US$15,000 to 5 young leaders
  • US$10,000 each to 10 young leaders
  • US$5,000 each to 15 young leaders
  • The 30 Young Winners will participate in the Greenovators event in Costa Rica.


  • Applicants must be the national of one of the following countries – Argentina, the Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela.
  • Applicants must be 18-30 years of age at the time of project registration.
  • Application must be submitted in one of the above mentioned areas of interest.
  • Proposed project must provide specific indicators to monitor the impact of the project.
  • Proposals may be submitted in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.


  • Degree of innovation: Level of incorporation of new methods that go beyond existing standards. By innovation we mean both new technologies and new combinations of processes, programs or existing technologies.
  • Impact of the proposed innovations (profit, social, environmental and technological) in relation to mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and sustainability practices. Additional consideration will be given to following topics:
    • Creation of jobs
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Gender
    • Respect for ancestral traditions
    • Encouraging the development of indigenous and Afro-descendant
    • Provide and / or improve access to basic services for the most vulnerable.
  • Potential scalability and sustainability: the project technical and financial feasibility level as well as the ability to replicate and scale the project.
  • The Young Leader: Communication skills and promotion of the candidate.
  • Projected Risks: Risk level to achieve the objective of the project.

Application process

Required documentation for project presentation;

  • Photographic documentation and video: Contestants must include a video (3max.) and photos (max. 5) of their project. Such materials must be previously uploaded to portals such as Youtube, Vimeo, Flickr and Instagram, and the application must contain links to them.
  • Letters of recommendation. Each nomination must have at least two letters of recommendation from institutions or individuals that sponsor the candidate and their project.
  • Budget: Proposals should include an annual budget to display the type of expenditure and investment required for the project. A base form can be downloaded here.
  • Curriculum Vitae of the applicant

All proposals must be submitted online.

For more information, visit Grenovators Contest.