15 January 2019

Innovate Green Competition now open for student's ideas on environmental solutions

The Innovate Green Competition (IGC) is a cooperative initiative that aims to stimulate and unleash entrepreneurship and innovation within university students in the Middle East and North Africa. The competition will provide the students with an opportunity to make a positive impact on society by addressing environmental issues through social and technological innovation, whilst contributing to their own economic benefit.

Objective: The Competition will incentivize university students regionally (Middle East & North Africa) to participate in submitting their innovative ideas and businesses through a Business Plan Template, with the opportunity of having it reviewed and recognized by designated experts. The Competition, through its sponsors and partners, will award students for their efforts and play an active role in inspiring and unleashing the spirit of innovation to tackle global environmental challenges while facilitating the provision of support services to convert these ideas into action.

Target Group: Individuals or groups of up to 3 university students with innovative solutions addressing environmental challenges, in any commercial stage (from concept to established business). Female students are strongly encouraged to apply (all applicants must be at least 18 years of age).

Deadline for submission: February 9th, 2019

Prizes: The top three winners will receive cash prizes ranging from USD 3,000 to USD 10,000. Additionally, a team member from the top three teams/applicants will be sponsored (Economy ticket and Accommodation) to attend and take part in the 4th UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. 

All three winning teams/ applicants will additionally be rewarded with:

  • An official certificate from the UN Environment and UNIDO ITPO Bahrain
  • Increased visibility for their initiative through the various partners and supporters
  • Access to UNIDO ITPO Bahrain’s EDIP program and entrepreneurs

The top 25 applicants will be provided the following: An online EDIP boot camp run by UNIDO ITPO Bahrain (AICEI).


  • All team members must be current and enrolled students (Bachelors, Masters or PhD Students)
  • Applicants must be at least 18 
  • Open to individuals or teams of up to 3 people; teams MUST include at least one female member
  • All teams MUST nominate one member to take part in the UNEA-4 in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Open to students with innovative solutions to environmental problems
  • Applications must be made using a Business Plan Template 
  • The working language for all documents and communication related to the competition must be completed in English

For more information go to the Innovate Green Competition's website: https://innovategreencompetition.com/

Requirements and responsibilities can be found here. To submit your plans and register, go to this link