One Young World Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 11 ($50,000 grant)

One Young World Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 11 ($50,000 grant)

Deadline: February 2, 2022

Applications are open for the One Young World Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 11. This Challenge aims to find and support solutions that make cities greener by pushing the boundaries of sustainable construction and urbanization.

The challenge welcomes solutions from young innovators that:

  • Deploy innovative and sustainable building materials and solutions that are affordable and scalable to enable low-carbon, circular, carbon neutral and even carbon negative cities.
  • Increase access to sustainable infrastructure, from green mobility to green energy.
  • Promotes sustainable lifestyles connecting nature and cities.
  • Drive circular economy approaches to enable more recycling.


The winning solution will receive:

  • Sponsorship to participate in the One Young World Summit 2022 in Tokyo from 16 to 19 May
  • A US$50,000 grant from Holcim
  • 12 months of mentorship from a team of Holcim professionals. The mentorship team will work to accelerate your solution based on the needs of your initiative or organisation, such as:
    • Business strategy
    • Best practices for data collection
    • Monitoring and evaluation
    • Product design


  • Solutions should be evidently aligned with the Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 11 supported by Holcim.
  • Founded by a person aged 18 – 30.
  • Well-structured time horizon, identified key stakeholders and beneficiaries, and proposed outcomes that are reasonable and well thought out.
  • Product/service already in market or ready to go to market.
  • Solutions must have a positive social impact, for example generating employment, or developing skills.
  • Impacts of solutions must have been adequately measured and/or be measurable.
  • Must be able to achieve efficiency and to survive independently through the resources they generate and/or the investments and donations they attract.
  • Potential to perform as well or better after expanding in scope or size and/or being transported to other regions.


You cannot save draft responses for this application so it is recommended that you draft your responses in an offline document while you work on your application.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 11.