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Competition Background

The Innovate Green Competition (IGC) is a cooperative initiative that aims to stimulate and unleash entrepreneurship and innovation within university students in the Middle East and North Africa. The competition will provide the students with an opportunity to make a positive impact on society by addressing environmental issues through social and technological innovation, whilst contributing to their own economic benefit.

  • Target Group: Individuals or groups of up to 3 university students with innovative solutions addressing environmental challenges, in any commercial stage (from concept to established business). Female students are strongly encouraged to apply (all applicants must be at least 18 years of age).

  • Deadline for submission: February 9th, 2019

  • The Final Awarding Ceremony will be held during the 4th UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya from March 11th to 15th, 2019 (See the Appendix 1 below).

Organizing Committee

The competition is jointly organised by the United Nations Environment West Asia Regional Office and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Investment Technology and Promotions Office (ITPO) Bahrain, and through the sponsorship of The First Energy Bank, with a focus on “Achieving the SDGs through Entrepreneurship & Innovation”.

  • Environmental sustainability, outlined by the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs 6, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15)
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, as highlighted on SDG 9
  • Gender Equality in Manufacturing and the role of women entrepreneurship (SDG 5)
  • Green Chemistry, to eliminate or reduce the use or generation of hazardous substances across the lifecycle of a product
  • Circular Economy; through practices such as, designing waste out of products, using waste as a resource, or through the repair, reuse, remanufacture, refurbishment of products and materials to maintain value in the economy

Competition Objectives:

The Competition will incentivize university students regionally (Middle East & North Africa) to participate in submitting their innovative ideas and businesses through a Business Plan Template, with the opportunity of having it reviewed and recognized by designated experts. The Competition, through its sponsors and partners, will award students for their efforts and play an active role in inspiring and unleashing the spirit of innovation to tackle global environmental challenges while facilitating the provision of support services to convert these ideas into action.