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. There will be one startup winner from each one of the themes who will have a Short track to Seedstars Investor Fund for an investment of $500K, access to the Seedstars Growth Program and so much more.
Deadline: November, 1st
Are you a women-lead startup or a venture that focuses on supporting gender equality & women empowerment?
Are you a startup focused on agriculture, environment, waste management, energy, infrastructure, or any industry that combats climate change?
Are you a startup innovating in the Edutech field? If you aim to improve the processes, accessibility and quality of education in Emerging Markets.
Are you a Healthtech startup? Do you bring innovative solutions to promote wellbeing, mental health or to prevent health issues from evolving
Are you a startup innovating in the logistics, e-commerce or Fintech fields or a growing startup with sustainable job opportunities?
Are you working on challenges related to migrants, vulnerable communities or innovations that help solve justice or gender-based inequalities?
A digital training platform created by Seedstars Investment Team & mentors network. Startups will choose relevant on-demand content according to their needs
An online global event hosting masterclasses, workshops, pitch competition, as well the public event for the winners with live sessions and panel discussions.
Short track to Seedstars Investment Fund, investment opportunity of $500K, participation in the Seedstars Growth Program, FT Talent visibility package, etc.
If you are a startup looking to learn from industry experts, network with a global entrepreneurial ecosystem, achieve product/market fit and accelerate growth in your existing market, apply now to FTxSDG Challenge.
Call of Applications: September-November, 2021
Semifinalists & Investment Readiness Sessions: November, 2021
Finals & FTxSDGChallenge Global Event: 13-17th December 2021
The deadline for applications for both startups and individuals is November, 1st 2021
Yes, you can absolutely apply for both tracks
If applying to the startup track, yes, you need to be legally established
If applying to the individual track, there is no need for any legal framework
Yes, if you can apply if you have received less than 1million$ in investment.
Initial traction with a working MVP
Yes, they can apply to the individual track
Prize for the startups include:
As long as it’s a tech startup that supports education you can apply. You can find out more info about each SDG and how they’re defined here: https://www.seedstarsworld.com/ft-x-seedstars-challenge/
Startups: 2000 for the Semifinals and 30 for Finals