World Summit Awards (WSA) Young Innovators 2019 Open Call (Win invitation to the WSA Global Congress in Cascais, Portugal)

World Summit Awards (WSA) Young Innovators 2019 Open Call (Win invitation to the WSA Global Congress in Cascais, Portugal)

Deadline: July 31, 2019

The WSA Young Innovators 2019 Call is now open! The World Summit Awards (WSA) Young Innovators is a special call within the framework of WSA, that promotes and awards young social entrepreneurs. The WSA Young Innovators is a special recognition for young people under 26 years of age, using ICTs to take action on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Together with the WSA winners of each year, they are honored as outstanding digital innovation with social impact. If you are young social entrepreneur with a passion to digital innovations apply for WSA Young Innovators!


  • Invitation to the WSA Global Congress including:
    • Pitching seminars
    • 5 minute pitch session in front of an international audience during the Congress
    • A program of especially crafted workshops for the winners
    • Invitation to the prestigious award ceremony and Gala night
    • Board and lodging for the durance of the Congress
    • Eye to eye exchange with speakers, jurors and international guests
  • Integration into a network of internationally recognized digital content developers
  • Access to the WSA community of global experts and industry leaders in over 180 countries
  • Interaction with world-renowned sponsors and partners of the WSA community
  • Workshops specially shaped for the winners needs
  • A videoclip highlighting the winners projects
  • Special placement on WSA website, youtube channel and social media promotion
  • Long-term coverage within WSA editorial channels

Nominees Benefits

A nomination for the World Summit Award is already a win – these are the rewards

  • More coverage on your product. WSA provides nominees with press templates to help them to gain the attention of national media with support of the WSA national experts
  • World Summit Award nominee seal to use on websites, social media channels and publications
  • Opportunity to receive feedback from the jurors.
  • Being nominated for the World Summit Award means to be the best in the respective country in one of our 8 categories. Our experience has shown that this qualification can immensely improve outreach.


  • The participation in the WSA Young Innovators is open to any entrepreneur, company, student group or project team – at least one of the founding members and the majority of the team must be under the age of 26 (born on or after January 1, 1993).
  • Youth taking action on the SDG’s | strictly for people under 26
  • Eligible for young citizens of all UN member states, WSA Young Innovators is open to every start-up, social entrepreneur, NGO, student or individual!
    • Submissions for the WSA Young Innovators can contain all mobile and web-based projects, such as: apps, web pages, applications for wearables, kiosk installations, SMS based products, games and interactive productions. There is no limitation regarding the platforms or channels the projects work with.
    • All submissions have to be launched products. No drafts, ideas or unfinished projects can be accepted.

The WSA Young Innovators call is eligible for projects that:

  • Are developed by young innovators under the age of 26
  • Offer digital solutions to any of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Deliver content-rich digital solutions to the user including individuals, businesses, and organisations
  • have a strong digital component: websites, apps, SMS based solutions, IoT, wearables etc.
  • are market ready or already launched on the market – no ideas or concepts are eligible


  • Taking part in the WSA Young Innovators contest is eligible through submission of a project with a clear digital component to the WSA Database.
  • Only submitted and fully filled in applications will be considered by the WSA Young Innovators Jury.
  • All information entered in the application form of the WSA Database must be in English.
  • Main team members of the projects submitted must be under 26 years of age (born on or after January 1, 1993).
  • The timeline is the same as the WSA Global.
  • An especially assembled Jury will evaluate all entries.

***CONTINENTAL PRE-SELECTION EU & MENA: WSA’s sister award, the European Youth Award will serve as the official pre-qualification for Europe and the MENA region. The EYA Online Jury will evaluate all solutions and the best 10-17 solutions will be introduced to the WSA Global Young Innovators Jury, selecting then the 5 WSA Young Innovators 2019. This is the first step for WSA to conduct regional Youth initiatives in all regions.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit WSA Young Innovators.