Access over $1.5 million in funding is available for MIT Solve's 2019 Challenges.

About the challenge

  • Anyone, anywhere around the world can submit a solution to Solve's Challenges. You can be an individual, a team, or an organization. You can be an applicant from previous years or already part of our community. If you have a relevant solution, we hope you'll apply. For full participation details, please see our Terms of Service.

Areas of focus

  • Circular Economy
  • Community-Driven Innovation
  • Early Childhood Development and
  • Healthy Cities. 

Solutions focus

Solve seeks innovative, human-centered, tech-based solutions to our Global Challenges. Solution applications must be written in English. We will consider solutions at all stages of development:

  • Idea: We welcome you to submit your solution idea, but please note that concept-stage solutions are unlikely to be selected. You have until the submission deadline to prototype and experiment with your idea!
  • Prototype: A venture building and testing its product, service, or business model. Typically described as "pre-seed" if for profit.
  • Pilot: An enterprise deploying a tested product, service, or business model in at least one community. Hybrids and for-profits would typically be in a "seed" round and generating revenue (whether or not they are cash flow positive).
  • Growth: An enterprise with an established product, service, or business model rolled out, which is poised for further growth in multiple communities or countries. Organizations at this stage should have a clear path to sustainability. For-profits at this stage would be "seed" or "Series A."
  • Scale: A sustainable enterprise working in several communities or countries that is looking to scale significantly, focusing on increased efficiency. For-profits in this stage would be "Series A" or "Series B."
  • Partnership Potential: The applicant clearly explains how the solution would benefit from the broad range of resources that the Solve community is positioned to provide.

Through open innovation, Solve is looking for a diverse portfolio of solutions across geography, development stage, and team members’ gender and background. We encourage people of all backgrounds to submit applications.



1 July 2019 

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) is a multi-donor fund, established by the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005) to support its implementation in developing countries.

Eligible projects

The IFCD invests in projects that lead to structural change through:

  • the introduction and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that have a direct effect on the creation, production, distribution of and access to a diversity of cultural expressions, including cultural goods, services, and activities;
  • the reinforcement of human and institutional capacities of the public sector and civil society organizations, deemed necessary to support viable local and regional cultural industries and markets in developing countries.

Who can apply

  • Public authorities and institutions from eligible countries (developing countries, Parties to the 2005 Convention).
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from eligible countries (developing countries, Parties to the 2005 Convention)
  • International non-governmental organizations (INGOs) registered in countries Parties to the 2005 Convention

Funding amount

Maximum 100,000 USD

Deadline: 13 June 2019
Read more or visit UNESCO website
Do you have a great idea but you don't know where to start? Contact us or  Schedule a call or meeting and let's discuss.  We will assist you.

African Union seeking for the ICT innovative project to enhance education delivery in Africa. There is a high need to innovate education development, provision, and delivery, taking advantage of the digital revolution. As the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) states, ICT is a major tool for ensuring universal access, quality of provision and delivery, and empowerment of school graduates for meaningful personal lives, and contribution to social economic development. ICT opens up possibilities for innovation, entrepreneurship, and employability; flexibility in pedagogies; beating the limitation of time and space for varied learner needs, and simply enhancing confidence and dignity of graduates at all levels.


Types of projects to be submissions

  • Practical Innovations:

Provide a summary description of the innovation, stating the problem it addresses, the unique outcomes that have been achieved, and the possibility of enlarging the scale of operation. Explain briefly how the innovation can be up-scaled, replicated and sustained. Use a maximum of 500 words. The Innovation must not have been submitted for the African Union’s Innovating Education in Africa Expo before.

  • Academic Papers

Papers should present original quality research with the potential for practical application. Submit a succinct Abstract of no more than 150 words; and a paper with a maximum of 1,000 words including references.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Innovation should be in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Education;
  • You should not have been previously awarded the AU Education Innovation Prize;
  • The individual submitting on his/her own behalf or on behalf of an organization must be a citizen of an AU Member State;  The submission must be made by the original author or developer of the innovation or staff of the organization that developed the innovation;
  • The innovation must have demonstrated impact, with potential for wide dissemination in Africa;
  • The individual or organization submitting must consent to have their innovation publicized across the continent for purposes of replication;
  • Each individual or organization must submit only one innovation.


Benefits for successful applicants

  • Presentation of their innovations at the Innovating Education in Africa Expo 2019.
  • Funding support to participate in the event.
  • A chance to receive the AU Education Innovation Prize.
  • Publication of the innovations in the Africa Education Innovations Handbook 2019.
  • Membership of the Africa Education Innovators Network (AEIN)
  • Certificate of recognition for Innovation

Deadline for Submissions in 30th April 2019

Read more or visit the African Union website.

Do you have a great idea but you don't know where to start? Contact us or  Schedule a call or meeting and let's discuss.  We will assist you.


Global Innovation Fund

The Global Innovation Fund is open for social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people.

Funding structure:

  • Pilot: Early state innovation project. Looking for testing core assumptions and financial viability (Maximum amount per project is US$230,000).
  • Test and Transition: The innovation project has completed initial testing and is now transitioning to a larger scale(The maximum amount per project is $2.3 million)
  • Scale: The innovation project has solid operational, social and financial viability. The project has improved the lives of those living on less than $5 PPP per day. You want to replicate the project in new countries( Maximum amount per project is $15 million)

Who is Eligibility: Private companies, NGOs, Institutions and government agencies.

Location: Developing countries 

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THE CHALLENGE: How can digital identification systems in developing countries be better designed or adapted to protect people’s privacy and empower them with greater control over their personal data?

The World Bank is looking for creative ideas, components, the innovative use of existing technologies or complete solutions from academics, entrepreneurs, scientists, technologists, and engaged citizens

1. Provide greater oversight and control of personal data. 

The initiative that enables users to inspect, update and correct personal data; provide transparency regarding who has accessed their data and for what purpose; and the ability to seek redress for unauthorized use.

2. Prevent the misuse of personal data.  

The initiative that can protect misuse or unintended disclosure, such as through minimizing, hiding, compartmentalizing personal data, tamper-proof logs, or other means

Read more and apply 

The Imagining Africa's Futures project is launching a call for expressions of interest for local champions in Africa. Local champions are expected to be key constituents of UNESCO and its partners' effort to conduct research in Futures Literacy by co-designing and co-running Futures Literacy Laboratories in their local communities. Local champions can be a team of driven individuals or organizations. Futures Literacy Laboratories (FLL) are currently in the prototyping phase of the innovation cycle.


  • Revealing people’s anticipatory assumptions,
  • Enhancing their capacity to use the future for different reasons and in different ways in different contexts,
  • Enabling them to ask new questions, and
  • Allowing for a better understanding of what is FL and how to design/conduct FLL
  • Reveal Novelty rather than Predictions: The shift Futures Literacy suggests is from Anticipation-for-Future to Anticipation-for-Emergence.


Role of a Local Champion

The local champion will take the lead in the determining the specific topic, participants, tools and follow-up related to the FLL-NP. They will take responsibility for a significant share of the costs of implementing the FLL-NP. Any candidate who expresses interest in conducting an FLL-NP is committed to becoming a key constituent and actor of the research process for the refinement and assessment of the IAF prototype.

Submission Deadline: open call. Deadline for the first wave of selections: 24 March 2019.

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Are you an ambitious scale-up that is creating a more sustainable travel industry? Do you want to learn from one of the industry’s biggest players to grow both your business and impact? Would you like the opportunity to pitch for up to €500,000?

Apply now for the Booking Booster program and accelerate your impact!



  • 3-week accelerator program as a guest of at HQ in Amsterdam
  • More than 30 sessions on leadership, investor readiness, customer development, networking, marketing, product development, pitching, social impact strategy and more, all delivered by our top trainers
  • One-on-one sessions with high-level experts at
  • One personal mentor during the programme and for 12 months after
  • Indefinite access to the volunteer programme
  • The opportunity to pitch your business and impact in front of a live audience and our panel of judges
  • A chance to win a share of the €2 million fund



To apply, your scale-up must be registered as a for-profit entity in the country your operate and must generate revenue, but not exceeding €1.5 million annually. For more information on eligibility requirements, please read our T&Cs.


1. Apply
We are looking for innovative scale-ups who are contributing to a more sustainable travel industry. If that sounds like you, apply via this link between 1 November and 2 December 2018 to be considered for the 2019 Booking Booster.

For the nitty gritty details of eligibility and the programme itself, please check out our T&Cs.

2. Get Selected
Each application is reviewed against our selection criteria* and the most promising scale-ups will be shortlisted. You can expect to be invited for an interview by 24 December 2018. Phone interviews will take place from 7-18 January 2019.

Beginning, 1 February, selected scale-ups will receive an official invitation to join the programme.
*Criteria are Impact, Innovation, Growth Strategy, Financials, and Team & Leadership. For more info, check our T&Cs.

3. Accelerate your Impact
From April 23 to 10 May 2019, 8-10 selected scale-ups will come together in Amsterdam to take part in the Booking Booster programme, featuring workshops and trainings, as well as one-on-one mentoring and expert sessions from the best experts from, tailored to your specific growth needs. As part of the programme, you will be surrounded by an inspiring group of like-minded entrepreneurs. Located right in the heart of Amsterdam at’s headquarters, you’ll be able to soak up our unique company culture and join a community of changemakers representing the full spectrum of the travel industry.

4. Final Pitch Event
On 9 May 2019, you will pitch in front of a live audience and our expert panel of judges for your chance to get a share of the €2 million fund that’s up for grabs. With the learnings from the three-week accelerator programme fueling your pitch, you’ll be challenged to convince the judges of how your business will scale with the assistance of a grant, as well as the tremendous impact you’ll be able to have on the travel industry as a result.

5. After-Care
With or without funding, you will continue to benefit from up to a year of ongoing mentorship from your dedicated mentor, as well as access to our Volunteer Programme to assist you as you continue to grow your impact.

CLICK HERE for more information about the programme.


December 2
April 23 - 9:00 AM - May 10, 2019 - 9:00 AM  •  
Booking Cares Corporation
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Leisure and travel, Tourism

SAIS 2 is inviting organisations that support innovation and entrepreneurship in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to submit Concept Notes and subsequently Full Proposals for grant funding  through the SAIS 2 Innovation Fund  Second Call for Proposals (CfP 2018/2). The call  will open  for  the submission of Concept Notes  via the SmartME portal  on the SAIS 2 website from 29 November 2018 and close 24 January 2019.

The overall objective of the SAIS 2 Call for Proposals 2018/2 is to support enhanced regional innovation cooperation and national innovation systems contributing to inclusive business and development. With this Second Call for Proposals, SAIS 2 seeks to identify concrete projects with well-defined goals that are to be achieved by a partnership of organisations from different SADC countries.

Innovation support organisations from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia such as research/academia, civil society and in particular from the private sector – such as innovation hubs, labs, networks, incubators and accelerators hosting and providing services for entrepreneurs – are encouraged to apply.


Concept Notes for grant funding across these three funding windows are invited:

  • Window 1: Developing Institutional Capacity for Regional Innovation Cooperation.
  • Window 2 : Scaling Enterprises Through Stronger Innovation Support Organisations.
  • Window 3: Improved Enabling Environment for Inclusive Innovation Activities in the Region.

Successful grantees, specifically the Project Coordinators of projects from the first Call for Proposals are not eligible to apply

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Throughout Africa, Johnson & Johnson is looking to drive entrepreneurship and help advance promising health care solutions. Chosen applicants will receive funding up to US $50,000 and technical mentoring from some of the brightest minds at Johnson & Johnson to help bring their idea to life and create meaningful change in their community or country.

The submitted health care solutions will be evaluated based on their ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Idea submission addresses at least one of the six challenge categories (Botanical Solutions; Packaging Innovations; Mental Health; Health Worker Support; Digital Health Tools; Essential Surgical Care).
  • Idea submission is innovative and creative.
  • Idea submission is scalable.
  • Idea submission outlines how the award would help the applicant(s) reach a critical milestone within the timeframe of a single year and provides a full commercialization plan.

You have to sign up for an account to get started, and you will receive an email to activate your account. You will be guided through the application process which will include signing our general Terms and Conditions Agreement, filling out your application form and uploading your non-confidential project plan.

Deadline to apply is January 16, 2019.
Winners will be announced in Spring 2019.

Apply Online                     

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The World Health Organisation Regional Office in Africa (WHO-AFRO) is calling on anyone working to apply new and innovative thinking to improve health outcomes for Africa.

WHO-AFRO is excited to announce the launch of the World Health Organisation Africa Innovation Challenge. The Challenge will source, select and support innovators, researchers and community-based initiatives including youth and women, that are working on novel solutions that improve health outcomes, quality of life, and apply new and fresh thinking to address unmet health needs in Africa.

This Challenge will prioritise innovative and scalable healthcare solutions for selection. The three submission categories are Product, Service and Social Innovation. Detailed information on the criteria and the application form is available at

The deadline for submission of entries is Monday, 10 December 2018

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Business and Investment

Following the success of the inaugural Congress,
Main Grant Application Announcement : January
LAGOS, NIGERIA – Africa’s largest philanthropy
The Africa Region of the World Bank Group (WBG)
International travel to Africa is expected to