Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge 2023

Supercharging the next generation of young leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs (18-30 years) to tackle the social or environmental issues that matter to them most.

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Cash awards of up $10,000 will be awarded to the best ideas in each category and a FREE digital incubator program will be available to all eligible applicants, worldwide!

Accelerating Next Gen Leaders, Innovators & Entrepreneurs

Social Shifters are next generation leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs with fresh solutions to today’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.

We’re looking for creative ideas, projects, and business solutions to the problems that matter most to you and your community. We welcome ideas at any stage and from anywhere in the world.

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Why You Should Take Part?

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Unlock Your Potential

Accelerate Your Idea

Make an Impact

Develop your skills, confidence and future prospects with help from skilled mentors and as part of a supportive global community.

Get FREE access to a world-leading Digital Incubator program to help develop your project or business idea.

Compete for awards of up to $10,000 to deliver activities that improve lives, help communities, and protect the planet.

The Sustainable Development Goals

To enter the Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge your idea must contribute towards at least one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. You can submit your idea into one (or more) SDG categories, plus one of our special challenge awards!


Special Challenge Awards 2023

Refugee Challenge

Ideas to help refugees & enable them to live settled lives.

Supported by Amazon

Climate Challenge

Ideas to accelerate the shift
to net zero.

Supported by Rathbones


Education Challenge

Ideas to deliver universal access to free and high quality education.

Supported by Fitch Group


Water Challenge

Ideas to help provide safe and affordable drinking water for all.

Supported by CEMEX

Meet Our Previous Winners

GIC 2023 Timeline


Register Now For Early Access To Support

June 26th 

Submissions Open

August 7th

Submission Support Starts

August 20th 

Submissions Close

September 6th

Digital Incubator Starts

September 22nd

Judging Begins

October 9th

Judging Ends

November 1st

Finalists Coaching Begins

November 27th

Finalist Pitching Begins

December 8th

Winning Projects Announced

What’s in it For Me?

A selection of cash awards of up to $10,000 are on offer for the best ideas in each category! 

A FREE digital incubator program for everyone who applies - global networking, skills building and expert coaches from some of the world’s leading companies!

Global recognition and media publicity for all shortlisted ideas! Follow @SocialShifters on social for EXTRA free support and reward announcements.

Our Partners

The Global Innovation Challenge brings together a coalition of the world’s leading businesses, international networks, and academic institutions to accelerate youth-led innovation.

Special Challenges Supported By:

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Supporting Partners:

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About Us

Social Shifters exists to help next generation leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to make a difference in the world.

We operate on a non-profit basis, providing engaging learning experiences, practical mentoring, and a global community of support to move you, and your ideas, forward.

Use our revolutionary Social Shifters elearning and community platform to get your project, campaign or venture off the ground and meet Shifters (like you) in every corner of the planet!

Ready To Take The Next Step?

Explore, start and grow your idea, get access to our world-leading Digital Incubator program and compete for awards of up to $10,000!

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