Youth Innovation Challenge

What problem do you want to solve? The Youth Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for young change-makers around the globe to grapple with impactful solutions for people + planet.

The Youth Innovation Challenge is an initiative aiming to transform potential of the future change makers into real actions.

We believe involving young people in innovation will be key to solving some of the world’s biggest issues. That’s why we are gathering inspired students around the world who are looking to fight climate change and its effects.

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Impact Launchpad Poster
  • All participants who submit a proposal will receive the Spaceship's Impact Entrepreneur credential in building their university & professional CV
  • All participants will receive free access to the Spaceship's online Sustainability Playbook and Impact Entrepreneurship Launchpad
  • All finalists will receive a personalized copy of the international bestseller, The Carbon Almanac
  • All finalists will receive a full scholarship to be a part of the Spaceship's Impact Accelerator program ($500 value)
  • The winner receives a cash prize of $1,000
Climate Action Targets
UN Climate Action Targets
Below are three of the targets of this goal that the United Nations is monitoring and encouraging people to take action on:
  • 13.1: Strengthen resilience to climate-related disasters
  • 13.2: Integrate climate change measures in policies and planning
  • 13.3: Build knowledge, awareness, and capacity on climate change and impact reduction

“In an age of ever-growing uncertainty, we believe that young people are natural innovators and have enormous potential to help shape a preferred future for both people + planet.”

Craig Vezina
CEO and Co-Founder of The Spaceship Academy

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  • The Challenge is free to enter for all High School Students. (age range) 13-18
  • The Challenge may be entered either individually or as teams of between 2-5 members from around the world
  • Genuine interest in sustainability
  • The project must be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals
A table of UN sustainable development goals
Timeline of the challenge
Application Open

September 19, 2022- November 7, 2022
Public Voting

November 14, 2022 - November 21, 2022
Finalist Announcement

November 25, 2022
Online Pitching

December 5, 2022
Winner's announcement

December 12, 2022 (UN Day)
Become a Particpant
  • Become a participant of the Innovation Challenge and have a chance to win $1,000!
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the prize for the winners?
The winner of the best project idea will win $1000
How does the selection process work?
Submit a simple application form and get access to the IMPACT LAUNCHPAD and submit your idea. See further details about the timeline and selection process in the challenge’s timeline section.
How do I make a change?
The Spaceship Academy is providing participants with its IMPACT LAUNCHPAD program for free in order to guide you through every step of the Challenge journey.
Can my friends join me in the challenge?
Yes, it is possible to participate in a team of up to five people.
Who is eligible to join the Youth Innovation Challenge?
The Challenge is open to young people around the globe, aged of 13-18
Is participation free?
Yes, participation and preparation materials are free of charge.
Who organizes The Youth Innovation Challenge?
The Youth Innovation Challenge is organized by the Spaceship Academy and Jumanji Studio
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