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World Series of Innovation (WSI)

Prizes to USA, Canada, and International
Students for Innovative Solutions to Global Issues

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and The Moody's Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/14/17 8:59 PM EST


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Prizes ranging from $250 to $2,000 to USA, Canada, and International groups of two to three students ages 13-24 to come up with innovative solutions to global issues, as identified by the United Nations. Groups must brainstorm and write a one-minute commercial storyboard and script describing their solution. This opportunity is intended to encourage students to think outside the box and aim to provide new solutions to the 17 identified global challenges (see the list below and the WSI Toolkit in Supporting Documents for details and brainstorming ideas).

A panel of judges will select the top ten submissions in each challenge category, and those teams will each be given several weeks to film and create the commercial for which they provided a storyboard and script. From the top ten submissions, three category finalists will be chosen by a committee of elite judges from the sponsoring organization. The three finalists will go head-to-head in a public, online vote in March.

There will be two winning teams per category: the “Adjudicators’ Choice” winner selected by the sponsoring organization, and the “People’s Choice” winner, chosen by popular online vote.

For reference, the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved over the next 15 years are:

1. No Poverty
2. Zero Hunger
3. Good Health and Well-Being
4. Quality Education
5. Gender Equality
6. Clean Water and Sanitation
7. Affordable and Clean Energy
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
10. Reduced Inequalities
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
12. Responsible Consumption and Production
13. Climate Action
14. Life Below Water
15. Life On Land
16. Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
17. Partnerships for the Goals

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165282

Number of Grants:

Two winning teams per category: the “Adjudicators’ Choice” winners and the “People’s Choice” winners; 10 Finalists

Estimated Size of Grant:

The two winning teams in each category will receive a prize of $2,000 to share, and a prize of $500 for their school or other community nonprofit organization. If a winning team is not affiliated with a school or nonprofit, they may choose a school or nonprofit to receive this portion of the prize. Runners-up will receive a prize of $250 for the team to share.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Teams should have at least two but no more than three members, age 13-24.

Pre-Application Information:

Online submissions are due December 14, 2017 by 8:59 PM EST.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.