Social Shifters’ Global Innovation Challenge is Back!

Our social innovation challenge is designed to help young leaders and founders (18-30 years) to explore, start and grow their ideas to solve 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?

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 awards!

Special Awards

Refugee Challenge

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

Supported by Amazon.

Climate Challenge

Ideas to accelerate the shift to net zero.

Supported by Rathbones.

Health Equity Challenge

Ideas to improve access to healthcare & treatment in low & middle-income countries. 

Supported by Gilead Science.

Meet Our Previous Winners

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Competition Rules & Timeline



7th September

Applications Open

9th November

Applications Close

14th November

Free Digital Incubator Opens

22nd November

Judging Begins

13th December

Judging Is Complete

15th January

Mentors Assigned

16th February

Pitches Begin


Winners Selected

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:

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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