UN-Habitat and partner launch an award for young innovators and entrepreneurs ( 16/07/2015 )

Nairobi, 7 May 2015– 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 a biennial Youth Innovation Awards Programme


UN-Habitat and partner launch an award for young innovators and entrepreneurs2

These organizations have consequently sent out the first calls for entries for those interested in being considered for the award. 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. “This initiative aims to attract, support and inspire some of the most innovative, high-impact young innovators and entrepreneurs in a number of countries in Africa and Asia,” said Oyebanji Oyeyinka from UN-Habitat.

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Encouraging youth talent

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. 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,” said Jiang Mingjun of IESCO. Winners will not only receive a cash Prize 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 and the individual cash grant will be USD 20,000 to be given to two winners in each category.

Bottom up transformation

Citation will also be given to institutions and mentors who have been instrumental in innovators’ achievements. The scheme is comprehensive mechanism which touches all walks of life and is geared to bringing serious and meaningful changes to society.

It is geared to transforming society bottom up. The deadline for receipt of entries is 31 July 2015.

Click here for the award Guidelines and Apply below:

Application Forms

Application Form for Organizations and Projects

You can send you submission via email to: youthinnovations.award@unhabitat.org

Below is the detailed and reporting format.

  • Launch of Innovation Award  

21 April 2015

  • Deadline for submission of the Projects        

31th July 2015

  • Shortlist of submissions by the Secretariat

June to August 15 2015

  • Steering Committee selects the Winners

September 2015

  • Youth Innovation Award Winners announced

September  2015

  • Awards Ceremony

October 2015

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