FTxSDG Challenge

Calling the world's next startups

Why join the challenge?

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


Gender Equality

Are you a women-lead startup or a venture that focuses on supporting gender equality & women empowerment?

Climate Action

Are you a startup focused on agriculture, environment, waste management, energy, infrastructure, or any industry that combats climate change?

Quality Education

Are you a startup innovating in the Edutech field? If you aim to improve the processes, accessibility and quality of education in Emerging Markets.

Good Health and Well-being

Are you a Healthtech startup? Do you bring innovative solutions to promote wellbeing, mental health or to prevent health issues from evolving

Good Jobs and Economic Growth

Are you a startup innovating in the logistics, e-commerce or Fintech fields or a growing startup with sustainable job opportunities?

Reduced Inequalities

Are you working on challenges related to migrants, vulnerable communities or innovations that help solve justice or gender-based inequalities?

The format of the FTxSDG Challenge gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to take their startups to the next level.

Investment Readiness Session

A digital training platform created by Seedstars Investment Team & mentors network. Startups will choose relevant on-demand content according to their needs

FTxSDG Challenge Global Event

An online global event hosting masterclasses, workshops, pitch competition, as well the public event for the winners with live sessions and panel discussions.

Winners Prizes Execution

Short track to Seedstars Investment Fund, investment opportunity of $500K, participation in the Seedstars Growth Program, FT Talent visibility package, etc.

Startups Criteria

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.

Startup criteria:

  • Industry fit FTxSDG Challenge
  • MVP
  • Less than 1 mln USD raised
  • Initial traction
  • Emerging markets focus