Young Champions of the Earth prize 2019 (US$15,000 in seed support)


Are you a change-maker, ground-breaker, innovator? Do you see opportunity, where others see crisis? Do you dare to invent the future? If you have a powerful idea to protect or restore the environment; if you have a strong track record of instigating change; if you are unafraid of failure; and if you believe in a bright future for our planet, then you just might have what it takes to become a Young Champion of the Earth.

The Young Champions of the Earth prize celebrates and supports individuals aged between 18 and 30 with outstanding potential to create a positive environmental impact.

As global warming forces our societies, our economies and our world to change, we’re looking for brave entrepreneurs to pave the way for a brighter future. A global jury will select seven winners from around the world and support their projects with funding and mentoring.

Funding : US$15,000 in seed support

Other benefits

Young Champions of the Earth prize 2019

Application process

You can submit your application until 31 March 2019 via the application portal. You will need to identify a referee who can vouch for the viability of your idea and for you as an individual. Once you submit your application, no further edits or changes will be possible.

Selection criteria

In the first stage of the selection process, all applications will be judged by United Nations experts according to the following criteria:

  1. The 3 Ps – The positive impact your big idea could have on the environment (planet) and society (people), and its financial viability (prosperity).
  2. The 3 Cs – Evidence that you are a curious, courageous, and colourful individual.
  3. Demonstrated commitment – It is important that you have already attempted to implement your big idea for at least 6 months and can outline achievements and/or developments to date.
  4. Endorsement – The strength of your referee’s recommendation.

For more information,please visit Young Champions of the Earth



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