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Global innovation and Impact Awards 2023

Deadline: May 25, 2023

Global innovation and Impact Awards

The SDSN Global Innovation and Impact Awards for Youth are now open! The goal of these awards is to recognize and organize leading initiatives toward the nation’s sustainable development goals. The Global SDG Impact Award is a global call for nominations to identify and honor emerging business and academic activities and commitments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals at the local and national levels.

SDSN Youth establishes the Global Youth Innovation Awards and the Global SDG Impact Awards to elevate outstanding ideas for a more significant impact and accelerate the SDGs’ accomplishment. The Awards are being introduced in collaboration with NOVA Impact, which delivers resources, community support, mentorship, and strategic development to philanthropists, Next-Gens and institutional families to accelerate joint action for a more significant impact.

Announced by the United Nations in 2015, The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are recognized as one of the most powerful drivers of inclusive growth and sustainable development. As the world sets out to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, SDSN Youth and NOVA Impact have partnered to launch the inaugural Global Youth Innovation and Global SDG Impact Awards. 

These awards are a global call to action to recognize, showcase, and support the best and brightest ideas and solutions led by the SDSN Youth youth global community and the strongest commitments driven by the private sector and academia changemakers. These changemaker’s commitments and solutions are providing pathways toward realizing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Their goal is to award ideas and commitments rigorously designed to test, learn, and scale solutions and build a worldwide community of learning, practice, and action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. 

These awards are a global call for applications and nominations for our more than 3,000 Youth network Members worldwide and initiatives in the private sector and academia that are building real solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. The awards are designed to identify, uplift, and award outstanding innovation, initiative, creativity, and enterprise that can serve as a building block to begin a global movement to scale the Sustainable Development Goal impact.

Global innovation and Impact Awards 2023 Details

  • Financial coverage: Fully Funded
  • Provider: SDSN Youth
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Who is Eligible: Open to all
  • Deadline: May 25, 2022

Global innovation and Impact Awards 2023 Benefits 

SDSN YOUTH will work collaboratively with the awardees to provide seed funding, mentorship and access to exclusive opportunities and benefits to help you pave the way forward toward realizing the SDGs by 2030. 

The benefits of the global youth innovation award and global SDG impact awards are listed below.

  • The Global Youth Innovation Award recipients might get up to $2,500.
  • Opportunity to collaborate with SDG specialists in diverse development domains and learn from them.
  • Increased visibility in the SDG and sustainability area and the opportunity to present progressive ideas and commitments at leading SDG events and networks.
  • A complete set of educational tools is available to help people learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals and interact more fully with them.
  • Furthermore, the network of mentors and experts will assist applicants in refining their ideas and solutions, attracting investors, overcoming obstacles, and achieving goals.

Seed Funding

Awardees receive up to $2,500 to test, launch and scale their initiatives. Please note that funding is only available for the Global Youth Innovation Award.

Exclusive Access to SDG Pioneers

The opportunity to collaborate and learn from SDG experts in various fields of sustainable development.


A community of mentors and experts who will help refine your ideas and solutions, overcome challenges, attract investors, and achieve your objectives.

Impact Driven Community of Practice

A community of practice alongside philanthropists, community leaders, and impact investors with the ability to engage in grant-making and impact projects.

Global Recognition

Increased visibility in the SDG and sustainability space and the ability to showcase your solutions and commitments at premier SDG events and networks.

Impact Education

A comprehensive suite of educational resources to learn and engage more deeply with the Sustainable Development Goals

Global innovation and Impact Awards 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Evaluation criteria for the Global Youth Innovation Awards Award:

  • New or Existing Initiatives 
  • Scalability and Collaboration
  • Plan’s Duration
  • The initiative’s structure
  • Sustainability
  • Comprehensibility
  • Global Effects
  • SDSN Membership for Young People
  • Role as a leader 
  • The Initiative’s Location
  • Furthermore, there is a cross-cutting aspect.

Evaluation criteria for the Global SDG Impact Awards‍:

  • Sector
  • Relevance 
  • Timeframe
  • Innovation is also essential.
  • Its impact.
  • Furthermore, exemplarity or excellence.

How to Nominate?

  • Each award consists of an application process or a nomination process, so here are the SDSN Youth Global innovation and Impact Awards 2023.
  • The youth innovation awards application has four sections that need to be defined:
  1. Personal details
  2. Project summary
  3. Project details (project design, its impact, Sustainability)
  4. Leadership
  • The global SDG impact awards are divided into three sections that are:
  1. About the nominator
  2. Nominee
  3. Communication of results

how to apply

Applicants and nominators can access applications through the online process.

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