UN-Habitat Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards 2015

UN-Habitat Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards 2015

Deadline: July 31, 2015

Applications are accepted for the 2015 Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards. UN-Habitat and the International Ecological Safety Collaboration Organization (IESCO) supported by China Development Orient Urban Development and Investment Company Limited (“CDB-ORIENT”), a major private sector organization in China have jointly launched this biennial Youth Innovation Awards Programme, to attract, support and inspire some of the most innovative, high-impact young innovators and entrepreneurs in Africa and Asia.

The award intended to recognize, honor and promote young generation of leaders who are in a unique position to leverage the power of invention to establish businesses which would contribute to solving social and environmental problems. Culturally innovative proposals and projects which promote local culture in the concept, design and operation of the project will also be considered for the Award.

Award Details

The aim of the Award is to acknowledge and recognize initiatives which will create positive impact socially, economically and environmentally. The initiative should act as catalyst towards the promotion of sustainable cities and towns and encourage talent needed for future urban development measured by creation of youth employment, poverty alleviation and ensuring ecological safety.


  • Winners will not only receive a cash Prize of USD 20,000 and a certificate from UN-Habitat and IESCO, they will also get a trophy and will benefit from extensive media coverage.
  • The total amount of the prize pool is USD 200,000
  • The individual cash grant will  be given to two winners in each category.

Eligibility and Categories

  • This Award will be granted to outstanding inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs from all corners of the globe
  • Particularly those from developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and depending on the success of the pilot initiative and subject to the availability of resources, it will be replicated in other parts of the globe.

“The 5 categories span the breadth of the Award and are judged by the steering Committee and panel of expert judges in their field. Awards will be given in the following categories:

  1. Youth Leadership,
  2. Green inventions and Innovations,
  3. Urban Ecological Safety,
  4. Youth Entrepreneurship, and
  5. Social and cultural innovations.

Young Entrepreneur of the Biennium will also be recognized and awarded.

How to Apply

You can send you submission via email to: [email protected]

For more information, visit UN-Habitat Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards.