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International Youth Day Innovation Challenge 2020

International Youth Day Innovation Challenge 2020

Country: Africa
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Applications call for International Youth Day Innovation Challenge 2020. Oxfam Nigeria and NGYouthSDGs calls application for International Youth Day Innovation Challenge 2020

This year, the United Nation’s International Youth Day 2020 will focus on “Youth Engagement for Global Action” and explores medium engage youth from the local level to the global level. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a serious challenge but it has also presented an opportunity, notably for several young people in Nigeria and Africa develop innovative solutions; adopt creative mechanism and rebranded to meet the numerous needs of their peers which in these situations have helped place their communities ahead of the curve, improving processes and providing lifesaving systems.


International Youth Day Innovation Challenge 2020 aims to

  • Build stories of resilience and societal impact from social enterprises.
  • Identify viable and sustainable social enterprises based on a new potential solution that can address gaps in the Innovation Challenge.
  • Connect solutions and founders to funding, mentorship and long term engagement with NGYouthSDGs, Oxfam and our partners
  • Build entrepreneurial experience and connections to propel changemakers on the journey to the next level.
  • Support and empower youth-led social enterprises and entrepreneurs in improving the lives of vulnerable communities and building back better.


The top 3 winners will be selected by a team of judges from NGYouthSDGs and Oxfam and awarded a total of 300,000 (Naira). Enterprise & Impact stories of top 3 finalists will be documented via a video series and also published on NGYouthSDGs and Oxfam Nigeria platforms.

Focus Areas

Agriculture / AgriTech, Information Technology (IT), Renewable Energy, Education, Health, Gender Equality, Inequalities, and Waste Recycling


  • Young persons between the age of 17 – 35
  • Leads (team member of) a social enterprise(Female-led Enterprise encouraged )
  • Already implementing your idea within the past 1 year(Proof of concept)

Evaluation Criteria

  • Innovation
  • Problem-solving/Meeting an identified need
  • Impact
  • Scalability & growth potential


The NGYouthSDGs and Oxfam Nigeria International Youth Day Innovation Challenge 2020 (#IYDInnovationChallenge) will be open from July 27 – August 9, 2020.

More information available here


Type of Opportunity Miscellaneous
Deadline09 August,2020
Open toAfrican



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