A Calling for Young Innovators to Enter Lead 2030 Challenge for SDG 13

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A unique opportunity for youth interested in sustainable practices and agriculture. Lead 2030 Challenge for SDG 13 opens a call for young innovators to pitch their solutions to climate change issues. The winning project receives a US$50,000 grant. The deadline is on 20 March 2020.

A Calling for Young Innovators to Enter Lead 2030 Challenge for SDG 13
Youth Opportunity: A Calling for Young Innovators to Enter Lead 2030 Challenge for SDG 13

Enter Lead 2030 Challenge

The Lead 2030 Challenge aims to find and support solutions that will contribute to the future of sustainable agriculture by supporting and enabling farmers to reduce their emissions and/or help adaptation and resilience against the climate challenges of this decade and beyond.

The deadline is on 20 March 2020

The challenge welcomes solutions from young innovators that:

  • Improve the climate resilience of crops through sustainable practices
  • Reduce on-farm GHG emissions, water or energy use through new technologies (e.g. digital solutions)
  • Support farmers in fostering innovation and improving access to information, raising awareness of climate risks and new skills training
  • Farm to fork (and bottle!): Whole supply chain solutions to reduce GHG emissions or integrate circular principles beyond the farm to the endpoint of farmed produce consumption

The winning solution will receive a US$50,000 grant from Asahi and 12 months of mentorship from a team of Asahi professionals. The mentorship team will work to accelerate your solution based on the needs of your initiative or organization, such as:

  • Business strategy
  • Best practices for data collection
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Product design

Main criteria

The project must meet the following evaluating criteria:

  • Evidently aligned with the SDG13 challenge
  • Founded by a person aged 18 – 30
  • Well-structured time horizon, identified key stakeholders and beneficiaries, and proposed outcomes that are reasonable and well thought out
  • Readily available, in or past implementation phase
  • Solutions must have a positive social impact, for example generating employment, or developing skills
  • Impacts of solutions must have been adequately measured and/or be measurable
  • Must be able to achieve efficiency and to survive independently through the resources they generate and/or the investments and donations they attract
  • Potential to perform as well or better after expanding in scope or size and/or being transported to other regions

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