Global Climate Challenge

As global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, climate change is disrupting economies and affecting lives, but it is not too late to limit the increase in global temperature.

The Social Shifters x Rathbones Global Climate Challenge is designed to enable young people (18-30 years) to explore, start and grow ideas that will help accelerate the shift to net zero emissions.

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A cash award of $10,000 will be made to the best idea and our 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 the most pressing social and environmental challenges.

Our Global Innovation Challenge brings together a coalition of the world’s leading businesses to set Challenges that will accelerate the work of these young changemakers.

The Climate Emergency

Climate change is now affecting every country. It is disrupting economies and affecting lives. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, and weather events are becoming more extreme. While global emissions have increased by almost 50 per cent since 1990, it is not

too late to limit the increase in the global temperature. But urgent action is required, now.

Source: United Nations, SDG 13 Climate Action

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Why You Should Take Part?

Unlock Your Potential

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

Accelerate Your Idea

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

Make an Impact

Compete for an award of $10,000 to deliver activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help move to net zero emissions more quickly.

We are particularly interested in solutions that:

  • Help make the shift to clean and renewable energy
  • Reduce the consumption of fossil fuels
  • Support the switch to sustainable transport
  • Heat our homes in an energy-efficient way
  • Reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill
  • Promote responsible consumption
  • Scale down plastic pollution
  • Restore our forests and oceans to help absorb CO2

Accelerating the Shift to Net Zero

In this Challenge, we’re looking for climate solutions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, supporting the move to net zero emissions more quickly. These should be lasting solutions that can be scaled up over time. We welcome ideas at any stage and from anywhere in the world.

Global Innovation Challenge 2021 Climate Award Winner

Marta Uetela | 25 | Biomec | Mozambique

Marta is transforming abandoned ocean plastics into affordable, 3-D printed prosthetics that enable people with disabilities to experience life with more possibilities.

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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "shared blueprint” for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.


Visit the United Nations SDG website to find out more about Sustainable Development Goal 13 - Climate Action and the global work contributing to it.

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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?

All eligible entrants will receive free access to our Digital Incubator program, including access to e-learning, exclusive events, and online coaching. 

Finalists will be matched with coaches from some of the world's leading companies. 

The winner of the Global Climate Challenge will receive a $10,000 USD award, and all shortlisted finalists will get access to mentorship and opportunities for media publicity.

A Challenge Supported by

Rathbones Group plc provides investment and wealth management services for private clients, charities, trustees and professional partners. Rathbones has been trusted for generations to manage and preserve its clients’ wealth and is committed to playing its part in the move to a net zero economy.

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!

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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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