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Youth Innovation for Sustainable Development (YISD) Challenge 2019/2020

Posted by | 28/11/2019 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Youth Innovation for Sustainable Development (YISD) Challenge 2019/2020

The National Youth Authority of Ghana in Partnership with United Nations Development Programme in association with the YouthConnekt Ghana Platform presents Youth Innovation for Sustainable Development (YISD) Challenge 2019/2020.

YISD challenge is an opportunity for young (between 15 and 35 years) innovative entrepreneurs to present their innovations that are solving wicked development challenges as outlined by the Sustainable Development Goals.

What is YISD

YISD aims to unlock and harness the creative and innovative potentials of the Ghanaian Youth through motivation and support to develop innovative ideas and test groundbreaking solutions with the potential for scaling up towards acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also aims to provide mentoring and business support services to young businesses that are employing game changing innovations.

Winning entries shall be determined through a competitive selection process after which sixteen successful applicants would stand a chance to win up to $5,000 Challenge Prize, Business mentorship and support services to test, validate and scale up selected innovations.

Who Can Register

The call is targeted at young entrepreneurs aged 15 – 35 (by December 2019) with innovative solutions to respond to the questions on the application form and submit it to the link provided. The innovative solutions should respond to one or more developmental challenges as outlined by the SDGs and must demonstrate impact or potential to impact People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships. Specifically, your innovation should:

1      Be running within a start-up which is not less than 3 months
  •     Demonstrate ability to make impact
  •     Address the Sustainable Development Goals

Where to Register

YISD is a nationwide Youth Challenge which calls for participation that will cut across all the sixteen Regions of Ghana. To bring the call to the doorsteps of all Ghanaians including those in unreached areas, the country has been in demarcated into two zones i.e. Zones A and B. The Demarcation is as follows:

  •  Zone A
  • Oti Region
  • Bono Region
  • Bono East Region
  • Savannah Region
  • Northern Region
  • North East Region
  • Upper East Region and
  • Upper West Region
  •    Zone B
  • Central Region
  • Greater Accra Region
  • Volta Region
  • Western Region
  • Western North Region
  • Eastern Region
  • Ashanti Region and
  • Ahafo Region

Applications would be received via online or in person at all NYA Regional offices. Two different Bootcamps for the respective zones would be held to provide pitching and demonstration opportunities for young innovators from across the country after which a Winners Announcement Ceremony would be held in Accra.

When to Apply

  • Opening of registration: Wednesday, 6th November 2019
  •        Registration deadline: 27th November 2019
  •        Selection of teams and sending invitations: 2nd December 2019
  •        Competition Bootcamps dates: Thursday, 5th December 2019 for Zone A,

Tuesday, 10th December 2019 for Zone B.

  •       Winners Announcement Ceremony: Friday 13th December 2019
  •       Business Mentorship and Support Services for winners: December-February 2020

Evaluation Criteria

Full competition rules are developed based impartial standard corporate practices and requirements:

Desirability: Applicants should clearly show how their business idea is innovative and different from what is currently available in the market. Does the business affect different customers, businesses regions, and sectors?

Feasibility: How practical is the idea or solution? Have you conducted a proper research to identify proper market fit? Do you have the right skills and support to build and gain traction in the market place?

Viability: Has the idea or solution been tested to determine profitability? Has there been any prior sales, clientele base or revenue generation? What are the next steps moving forward? What will the funding be used towards?

Presentation: Did applicant successfully and compellingly explain how their innovation will solve a problem and/or need? Prepare a 4-5 minute presentation with a slide deck. Where practical demonstrate.

History: Idea, Solution or Innovation should not have received a Challenge Award in the past.


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