FTxSDG Challenge

The FTxSDG Challenge, powered by the Financial Times and Seedstars, has a mission to empower impact-driven entrepreneurs in emerging markets through a startup competition split in thematic challenges based on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

The SDGs themes are:

The FTxSDG Challenge powered by the Financial Times and Seedstars has worked for the past 6 months to identify the most impact-driven entrepreneurs and ventures creating innovative solutions to tackle the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Join the FTxSDG Challenge Finals to discover who will be the winners of the 2021 edition and meet the most promising impact-driven entrepreneurs from over 90 emerging markets and learn more about Sustainable Development Goals from global thought-leaders and impact creation experts who’ll discuss how innovation and technology can solve the most critical issues around the world.

The FTxSDG Challenge event is happening on the 13th, 14th & 17th of December 2021. Register now to learn about the SDGs from leading field experts and meet the Global winners of the FTxSDG Challenge who win up to USD500K in investments.

Guests

Alisée De Tonnac



Dr. Lara Srivastava



Amy Lin



Dr. Rose Mwebaza



Daniel Taras



Jon Slade



Dr. Ebele Mogo



Virginia Stagni






Winning startups

Gender Equality

Pinky Promise, India

Climate Action

Safearth Clean Technologies, India

Quality Education

Anthem, India

Reduced Inequalities

Duhqa, Kenya

Good Jobs & Economic Growth

Trii, Cayman Islands

Good Health & Wellbeing

Medl, Trinidad and Tobago

Winning ideas of the hackathon experience

1st Place

Agro Eco Hub

Pato Kelesitse (Botswana)
Mathieu Gaudin (Italy)
Tolulope Joshua Ashaolu (Nigeria)
Dominika Geregova (London)
Maria Vittoria Scino (Italy)

2nd Place

DaisForUs

Jay Mark Balmes (Philippines)
Svetoslava Francesco Borri (France)
Svetoslava Rozhkova (Bulgaria)
Atiq Rehman (Pakistan)
Rieke Caroline (Indonesia)

3rd Place

Ghana Connect

Izz Hossin (Malaysia)
Christian Olivier Andogui (Cameroon)
Kaidi Ru (China)
Allan Okoth (Kenya)

Prize for startups include

  • Short track to Seedstars Investor Fund (investment size of USD 500K)
  • Free participation to the 3 months Seedstars Growth Program (value of USD 80K)

Prize for individuals and startups include

  • Mentorship session after the challenge with Financial Times senior leadership team
  • Free access to USD 49k worth of discounts and perks from 50+ tools including AWS, Hubspot, Miro, Twilio and more
  • Certificates and Awards
  • Feature in the post-event FT PR piece and in the FT Talent Newsletter
  • Pitches will be featured on the FT Talent website as part of FT.com
  • Access to exclusive masterclasses, guest panels and networking opportunities

The FTxSDG Challenge gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to take their startups to the next level. The experience starts with participation in Investment Readiness Sessions in the lead up to the pitching competition. In parallel the individuals will be paired up with the teams to work on their solutions. Over the week of the challenge the participants will take part in masterclasses and workshops, then they will pitch their startups and ideas, get support from international mentors and the opportunity to connect to a global community of impact-driven investors. During the final day of the event the winners of each SDG theme are announced.

*For our startups category we will be looking for the most promising early-stage startups from 90+ emerging markets (Operations based in the country/city of application).

Applications have now closed.

The FTxSDG Challenge event is happening on the 13th, 14th & 17th of December 2021. Register now to learn about the SDGs from leading field experts and meet the Global winners of the FTxSDG Challenge who win up to USD500K in investments.

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