What is Ideas for Action (Ideas4Action, I4A)?
Ideas4Action is a providential opportunity that provides students and young professionals across the globe with a unique portal to help shape their communities, foster international development agenda, and take an active role in transforming the world for better.
This joint programme of the World Bank and the Wharton Business School (of the University of Pennsylvania, USA), engages young professionals who have an idea that can positively transform their communities, change the world, and deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — to compete for potential financing. These, taking into cognizance that in 2015, all 193 United Nations member-countries committed themselves to the 17 SDGs — a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity, in a bit to “create the future we want in 2030.”
Each year, since its maiden edition in 2015, students and young change-makers across the globe have been participating in this race for funding by designing and implementing ideas geared towards the attainment of any of the SDGs.
This 2020, Impact Partners is pleased to launch the Ideas4Action competition in Cameroon. Thus, students, young professionals, change-makers, social entrepreneurs and others with shared values are invited to conceive, develop and share their ideas for possible financing solutions on how to deliver on the SDGs.
How eligible am I to participate?
If you are between the ages of 18 to 35 and have an innovative idea to advance one or more of the 17 SDGs, please register a team and submit your idea. Kindly visit https://ideas4action.org/2020-competition/ for competition guidelines and how to apply.
What do I stand to benefit?
Winners of the competition will:
- Present their ideas during the IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington DC.
- Receive support from a dedicated start-up accelerator at the Wharton School Business School.
- Unique networking opportunities with other young leaders as well as some of the most senior decision-makers in international development, academia, and the private sector.
In addition to the above awards, there will be a national selection and the best ideas from Cameroon will be recognized and awarded.
How do I register my team?
Given that this is a team competition; each team must consist of 2 to 6 members. This may be formed across different schools, institutions, companies, countries, nationalities, etc. Prior to submitting your proposal, please register your teams online. You will then receive access to resources and research materials that will help you develop your idea.
All teams are also recommended to sign up for updates, to receive the latest information on I4A programmes and events related to the competition.
What is the time frame?
- Submission of proposals closes on: February 29, 2020, at 11:59 PM (PST)
- Announcement of submissions selected for the final round: Early April 2020
- Announcement of winners: May 31, 2020
If I’ve got questions, where do I go?
For more information about the 2020 Ideas4Action competition, please kindly visit the website, for competition guidelines and how to apply.
You may as well have access to additional material through the following social media gateways:
Facebook: Ideas for Action
LinkedIn: Ideas for Action
Also meet Ned Shell, MBA/MPP Candidate at Harvard Business School & Harvard Kennedy School as he discusses tips and tricks for submitting winning proposals.
Let us make Cameroon proud by being the top contributor of proposals to this noble course.