FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards 2018

FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards 2018

Deadline: March 30, 2018

The Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, have launched the fifth edition of the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards, the global programme highlighting innovative, long-term private sector solutions to major development challenges.

The Awards underline ground-breaking and financially viable solutions that help meet the SDGs, which require some 3 to 4 trillion dollars of private sector resources. This year’s Achievement in Sustainable Development awards will focus again on health, food and water security, and education and skills, with particular attention given to the use of new technology and disruptive models.


For 2018, the programme will recognise, showcase and reward innovation, impact, replicability, financial viability and sustainability on a transactional basis across the following categories:

  • Achievement in Transformational Infrastructure
  • Achievement in Transformational Finance
  • Achievement in Sustainable Development, with a focus on
    • Food, Water and Land
    • Health, Wellness and Disease Prevention
    • Education, Knowledge and Skills
  • Overall Award: Excellence in Disruptive Technologies
  • Overall Award: Excellence in Climate Solutions
  • Overall Award: Excellence in Transformational Business

The winners in each category will be announced at a special dinner in London on June 6, 2018.


  • Get a chance to highlight your organisation’s contribution to helping to solve some of the key challenges affecting developing economies
  • As an entrant to the awards, your organisation and the initiative you are submitting for consideration will be featured on the awards website
  • If your entry is shortlisted in one of the awards categories:
    • Your organisation and the initiative that has been shortlisted will be promoted further in an advertisement in the Financial Times newspaper
    • You will be invited to attend the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards dinner, where the winners in each category will be announced. All shortlisted entries are presented in detail at the Awards dinner before the winners are revealed. You will also be able to network with other organisations shortlisted for the awards.
  • If the judging panel selects your entry as a winner in one of the categories:
    • Your organisation and the award-winning initiative will be promoted in an advertisement in the Financial Times newspaper
    • A summary of your entry will be featured on the awards website


  • Open to all private sector organisations – financial and non-financial.
  • Productive sector companies, investment institutions, and advisory firms involved in projects addressing key challenges in urbanisation, technology and sustainability with respect to developing economies, including:
    • Infrastructure developers
    • Energy companies
    • Engineering companies
    • Technology companies
    • Healthcare providers
    • Pharmaceutical companies
    • Design houses
    • Pension funds
    • Sovereign wealth funds
    • Life insurance companies
    • Private equity firms
    • Investment banks
    • Fund managers
    • Consultancies
  • Social enterprises can also apply if they meet the judging criteria, including the financial viability of the project highlighted.


Download the entry forms should you wish to start preparing your submission

Submit your application here

For more information, visit FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards.