ITU’s Young Innovators Competition seeks pitches from emerging social entrepreneurs

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has announced that emerging young innovators who successfully pitch their ideas for the second edition of the Young Innovators Competition have the chance to attend and showcase their projects to industry leaders at the ITU Telecom World 2012.

The Young Innovators Competition aims to give young, talented social entrepreneurs the opportunity to attend its key global networking and knowledge sharing event, ITU Telecom World 2012 as well as the chance to win funding, mentorship and ongoing support.

The competition is open to 18-25 year olds worldwide and calls for projects or concepts which engage the power of ICTs to meet real-world developmental challenges relevant to one of eight core areas under the theme “Youth Innovation for Development.”

The 8 themes are:

  •  Cybersecurity
  •  Education
  •  Empowerment of Women
  •  Environmental Sustainability
  •  Healthcare
  •  Human Rights
  •  Transparency
  •  Youth Employment

Submissions consisting of everything from well researched concepts to ongoing operations showing preliminary results are welcome, from where the 12 most outstanding entries – judged to have the greatest possible social impact and potential for business success – will win the chance to attend and participate in ITU Telecom World 2012, set for October 14 to 18 in Dubai.

The 12 finalists can benefit from one-on-one mentorship sessions with top level representatives from various sectors, hands-on workshops focused on developing entrepreneurial skills and the chance to showcase concepts and projects at a centrally located stand before the uniquely influential audience of World 2012 delegates.

They can also benefit from opportunities for networking with the leading names and key decision makers from industry, government and academia plus visionaries and digital thought leaders present at the event.

Final winners will also benefit from prize money of up to US $ 11,016 (CHF10,000) to fund their projects and realize entrepreneurial dreams. In addition winners will have access to the network of mentors offering ongoing support for up to one year, be invited to form an active part of the Young Innovators community and update their submission as featured on our website with regular progress report.

“Participation in this competition offers a great opportunity for the next generation of young visionaries to demonstrate their ideas and innovations on a truly global stage at our event, and show how their fresh digital thinking can change the world for the better. Crucially, the reach of the Young Innovators Programme will also extend way beyond the event, building a cohesive international community of highly talented social entrepreneurs working on ICT-based initiatives in areas that are vital to developmental issues facing the world today,” ,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré in a press release.

The deadline for initial submissions is July 1,2012. For further details and the application procedure, please go here.


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