One Young World Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 11 [Grants Upto Rs. 36 L]: Apply by Feb 2: Expired

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Applications are invited from eligible candidates for the One Young World Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 11.

About the Challenge

This Challenge aims to find and support solutions that make cities greener by pushing the boundaries of sustainable construction and urbanization. The challenge welcomes solutions from young innovators that:

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  • Deploy innovative and sustainable building materials and solutions that are affordable and scalable to enable low-carbon, circular, carbon neutral and even carbon negative cities.
  • Increase access to sustainable infrastructure, from green mobility to green energy.
  • Promotes sustainable lifestyles connecting nature and cities.
  • Drive circular economy approaches to enable more recycling.

Challenge Criteria

  • Aligned: Evidently aligned with the Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 11 supported by Holcim. See ‘About’.
  • Youth-led: Founded by a person aged 18 – 30.
  • Focused: Well-structured time horizon, identified key stakeholders and beneficiaries, and proposed outcomes that are reasonable and well thought out.
  • Market ready: Product/service already in market or ready to go to market.
  • Impactful: Solutions must have a positive social impact, for example generating employment, or developing skills.
  • Measurable: Impacts of solutions must have been adequately measured and/or be measurable.
  • Financially viable: Must be able to achieve efficiency and to survive independently through the resources they generate and/or the investments and donations they attract.
  • Scalable: Potential to perform as well or better after expanding in scope or size and/or being transported to other regions.


The winning solution will receive:

  • Sponsorship to participate in the One Young World Summit 2022 in Tokyo from 16 to 19 May
  • A US$50,000 grant from Holcim
  • 12 months of mentorship from a team of Holcim professionals. The mentorship team will work to accelerate your solution based on the needs of your initiative or organisation, such as:
    • Business strategy
    • Best practices for data collection
    • Monitoring and evaluation
    • Product design

How to Apply?

Interested applicants can apply for the challenge through this link.

Important Dates

  • 2 Februrary 2022: Applications close. 
  • 11 February 2022: Shortlisted candidates confirmed and invited to submit second round application. 
  • 28 February 2022: Second round application deadline. 
  • 8 – 18 March 2022: Candidate interviews. 
  • 25 March 2022: Challenge Winner confirmed.

Click here to view the official notification for the One Young World Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 11.

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