Nov 15, 2021 2021-11-15
Every fall the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) launches a set of challenges in the NFTE World Series of Innovation. Students are invited to think big and submit ideas to advance the United Nations Global Goals, which together form a roadmap to a better future. The best entries win cash prizes, and anyone between the ages of 13 and 24 is eligible.
All students are encouraged to participate to practice design thinking and develop their entrepreneurial mindset. They can sign up to compete solo or invite a few friends to join them and compete together. The categories for the innovation challenge are announced online; they range from eradicating hunger and poverty to achieving peace, justice, and equality.
A Toolkit for Competitors offers tips to help students brainstorm, recognize opportunities, come up with innovative ideas, and build winning entries. A Toolkit for Educators includes lesson plans and other resources to help students prepare for the NFTE World Series of Innovation or other innovation challenges.
Two winning teams will be selected for each challenge category: one chosen by a committee of judges from the sponsoring organizations, and one chosen by popular vote through NFTE’s online voting platform. Top winning students in each category will each receive $1,500; second-place winners, $600; and third-place winners, $300.
Deadlines: December 15, 2021, for submission of ideas; top 10 teams in each challenge category advance to the competition’s final round on February 21, 2022.