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UNOPS Global Innovation Challenge 2020 – To Progress The SDGs

UNOPS Global Innovation Challenge 2020

The United Nations Office For Project Services (UNOPS) is calling for application for the Global Innovation Challenge 2020. This initiative brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, programmers, and developers to provide the creative ideas and solutions needed to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Who Should Apply For UNOPS Global Innovation Challenge

Start Your Business in 30 Days Even If You Don't Have An Idea
Start Your Business in 30 Days Even If You Don’t Have An Idea

The Innovation Challenge is calling on innovators and entrepreneurs to develop new technology solutions for creating infrastructure, networks, and systems that can withstand shocks and stresses. The solutions need to demonstrate how technology – from sensors to artificial intelligence – could build climate resilience, helping societies prepare for and adapt to the challenges posed by climate change.

Data on climate and natural resources – such as forests and ocean can be captured and analyzed. Accurately analyzing and utilizing that data will play an important role in designing and building resilient infrastructure, networks, and systems.

Solutions could range from ensuring reliable power generation and effective emergency responses in the midst of a fierce storm, to advancing sustainable agriculture and protecting biodiversity. It could include improving access to clean and safe drinking water and more.

Solutions submitted in this challenge do not need to be commercialized and will be treated by the review team as confidential.

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Benefits Of UNOPS Global Innovation Challenge

Through UNOPS Global Innovation Centre in Kobe, Japan, all solutions proposed in the resilient infrastructure challenge will be reviewed by a team of subject matter experts, including from both UNOPS and the private sector.

Participants whose proposals are deemed to have the greatest potential to create a positive impact on building climate change adaptation and resilience through infrastructure will be contacted by 31 August 2020, 24:00 (CET). They will also potentially be included in an innovation accelerator program. Such as;


The top candidates from this review process will be invited to a boot camp in Kobe, Japan. All those selected should be available in person for a four-day period. 

Please Note: The set-up of the boot camp will depend on global travel restrictions due to COVID-19. The timing will be determined and communicated to the selected candidates once the selection is done.

Global Innovation Centre Incubator

Selected participants will be given the opportunity to join one of the UNOPS Global Innovation Centre Incubators for a 12-month period. They will receive support to help advance their solution to the marketplace.


Participants with solutions that demonstrate the most potential will be given the opportunity to develop a pilot in collaboration with UNOPS, at a suitable location.

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Go from idea to starting your business in 30 days
Go from idea to starting your business in 30 days

Who should apply?

  • The program is open to both individuals and groups, such as business entities and other types of organizations
  • Female applicants are encouraged to apply.

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The deadline for idea submission for the UNOPS Global Innovation Challenge 2020 is 31 July, 24:00 Central European Time (CET). If you wish to participate in this challenge, submit your idea through this link. https://www.unops.org/about/investing-for-impact/unops-global-innovation-challenge

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