The applications for the Ideas for Action Competition 2020 have opened. Interested candidates can apply until 29th February 2020. The World Bank Group and the Zicklin Center at Wharton are the organizers of the 2020 Ideas for Action (I4A) competition. The competition engages young people (18-35 years old) to develop innovative solutions in support of the implementation of the SDGs(sustainable development goals). They host an annual competition during which youths from around the world design ideas for financing the UN’s new development agenda. Furthermore, the competition acts as a catalyst to spark global conversation among millennials and seeks to encourage them to contribute their own voice to the development conversation.
The objectives of organizing the competition are as follows
- Innovative Ideas
Developing innovative ideas that positively shape both the policy and business ecosystem, thus providing an enabling environment where novel ideas can flourish and a too-narrow focus on “business plans” can be avoided.
Influencing leading development, public policy, and business leaders so that they can make more informed decisions that also reflect the inspiration and dedication of young people and their leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.
They strive to move from innovative ideas to actionable solutions. They seek to develop scalable partnership models in the fields of entrepreneurship, finance, development economics, technology, health, education, and the environment.
Additionally, providing young leaders from around the world with access to knowledge, networking opportunities, mentorship, opportunities to connect with like-minded youths, a dedicated incubator, and potential financing opportunities.
The successful candidates will receive the following advantages
- They will get an opportunity to present their ideas at events. They are the Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group
- Also, they will receive support from a project incubator at the Wharton School
- Furthermore, they will benefit from unique networking opportunities with experts from international development, academia, and the private sector.
- Students and young professionals between the ages of 18-35 years from around the world can participate
Interested candidates can visit the official website for further details.