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One Young World Lead2030 Challenges has opened the application. One Young World – the global forum for young leaders that counts Meghan Markle, Justin Trudeau and Emma Watson as Counsellors – today announces the launch of Lead2030, a new initiative to drive progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Supported by some of the world’s most prestigious brands, Lead2030 will find, fund and accelerate the most impactful youth-led solutions that are moving the needle on the SDGs. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals – or Global Goals – were agreed upon by 193 countries in 2015. From ending poverty to protecting the oceans, these goals represent an ambitious to-do list to create a sustainable future by 2030.


The programme is made possible by all the Lead2030 Challenge Partners who have together committed to making half a million dollars available to youth-led projects in its first year.

Each Partner has selected a particular Sustainable Development Goal to support. They have each set specific challenges for their chosen goals.

Chosen solutions to each Challenge will receive $50,000 in funding from their Challenge Partner.

But even more valuable than that, each Lead2030 Challenge Partner is forming a mentorship team to provide you with expert advice and guidance to accelerate your solutions and grow their impact. Select Challenge Winners will receive communications support from Activation Supporter, Porter Novelli.

Discover the Challenges below:

  • Goals 2 & 6: RB. Zero Hunger. How to end hunger by 2030?
  • Goal 3: AstraZeneca. Good Health & Well-being. How do we fight the growing burden on non-communicable disease worldwide?
  • Goal 4: Deloitte. Quality Education. Preparing young people with the skills to succeed in 2030
  • Goal 4: Credit Suisse. Quality Education. Education: Generating Returns. Sustainably.
  • Goal 6: RB. Clean Water & Sanitation. How do we achieve universal access to equitable sanitation and hygiene by 2030?
  • Goal 7: BP. Affordable & Clean Energy. How do we increase the share of renewable energy by 2030?
  • Goal 9: Standard Chartered. Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure. How can we re-imagine solutions to finance the growth of SMEs and trade to unlock prosperity for the world’s communities?
  • Goal 10: Bristol-Myers Squibb. Reduced Inequalities. How do we create an inclusive workplace environment for the LGBTI community worldwide?
  • Goal 12: Mondi Group. Responsible Consumption & Production. Turning waste to landfill generated by the packaging industry into raw materials of inherent value
  • Goal 17: KPMG. Partnerships For The Goals. Scalable partnerships to accelerate education, literacy and skills development.

Additional mentorship will be provided to selected challenge winners by Activation Supporter, Porter Novelli.

How it works

In its first year, Lead2030 will provide $500,000 to the most impactful youth-led initiatives, businesses or movements that are making a tangible impact on a selected Sustainable Development Goal. Funding is equally divided across 10 SDG Challenges, each of which is supported by a Lead2030 Challenge Partner. In addition to funding, each Challenge Winner will be connected with a team of expert mentors from the supporting business and its partners. For the opportunity to receive this transformative support, explore the Challenges listed below and apply before 5 January 2019.


  • Aligned
    Evidently aligned with the SDG4 challenge. See ‘Challenge outline’.
  • Youth-led
    Founded by a person aged 18 – 30.
  • Focussed
    Well-structured time horizon, identified key stakeholders and beneficiaries and proposed outcomes that are reasonable and well thought out.
  • Proven
    Readily available, in or past implementation phase.
  • Impactful
    Solutions must have a positive social impact, for example generating employment, eradicating poverty, or developing skills.
  • Measurable
    Impacts of solutions must have been adequately measured and/or be measurable.
  • Financially Viable
    Must be able to achieve efficiency and to survive on their own through the resources they generate and/or the investments and donations they attract.
  • Scalable
    Potential to perform as well or better after expanding in scope or size and/or being transported to other regions.


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline05 January,2019
Open toAll
OrganizerOne Young World



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