We know you are working hard to build the next great sustainable startup, so we have tracked hundreds of impact investment events globally and listed some of the best startup competitions and awards for social enterprises that should be on your radar. Below is the ultimate social enterprise competition list and good luck with your application!

#summit #south asia #startups #social entrepreneurship #innovation

Application Start: 16 July, 2021

Application Deadline: 9 August, 2021

Prize: Incubation opportunity

Social Pact is an event to bring together Corporates & Incubators and non-profit early-stage ventures (Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), start-ups in the social sector), and student teams looking towards making an impact in the social sector.

#startups #europe #innovation #sustainability

Application Start: Now

Application Deadline:: 15 August, 2021

Prize: €20K, Visibility and Audience.

The best platform for founders to showcase their startup during Oslo Innovation Week is at the OIW 100 Pitches powered by DNB. The OIW 100 Pitches connects the most promising seed-stage startups with corporate leaders, VC’s and investors, and gives big visibility to seed-stage startups working towards the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

#competition #global #social entrepreneurship #sustainability

Application Start: 1 June, 2021

Application Deadline: 30 September, 2021

Prize: A US$1,000,000 seed capital grant to a university team of students who are selected as Hult Prize Laureate at the annual Awards Ceremony and Gala hosted by the United Nations.

The Hult Prize is an annual, year-long competition that crowdsources ideas from university-level students after challenging them to solve a pressing social issue around topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education.

#competition #south asia #social entrepreneurship #innovation

Application Start: 6 September, 2021

Application Deadline: 17 October, 2021

Prize: INR 1.5 Lakh will be given to the winner, INR 1 Lakh will be given to the runner-up.

Eureka! Social Track encourages ideas that cater to people at the bottom of the pyramid and or for a greener tomorrow. If your innovative idea try to solve the problem of society as well as make money, then do register for the Social track.

#startups #europe #prize #sustainability #innovation

Application Start: 30 September, 2021

Application Deadline: 30 November, 2021

Prize: Gold Awards winners will receive a Top Business & Legal mentoring powered by Boston Consulting Group and additional 3 millions APIs credits from TomTom.

The EUSP is an annual acceleration program that supports the 10 best European startups developing sustainable mobility innovations, with the aim of giving them the resources necessary to scale up in Europe.

#competition #global #sustainability #healthtech #startups

Application Start: To be announced

Application Deadline: To be announced

Prize: A 1-year business development support with expenses covered; an investment offer up to 500K€.

Get in the Ring is a global startup competition active in over 200 cities. They give opportunities to unconventional solutions in all corners of the world, to prove their solutions and solve 21st century challenges. Working alongside industry leading partners, they support the scale and impact that startups make across the globe.

NMS 2021 Pitch Competition

#competition #social entrepreneurship #innovation #global

Application Start: To be announced

Application Deadline: To be announced

Prize: $100,000+

If your nonprofit has what it takes to change the world, then pitch your game-changing idea and take part in Community Boost’s inaugural Pitch Competition to win $100,000+ in prizes and services to BOOST your organization’s social impact.

#challenge #global #social entrepreneurship # innovation

Application Start: To be announced

Application Deadline: To be announced


  • Champion: $15,000 x 1
  • First Runner-up: $10,000 x 1
  • Second Runner-up: $5,000 x1
  • HKUST-Wofoo SDG Award: $5,000 x 2
  • Social Value Award: $5,000 x 1
  • Most Social Entrepreneurial Potential Award: $5,000 x 1
  • Best HKUST Technology Adoption Award: $5,000 x 1.

This contest aims to call for innovative solutions targeted to achieve any of the following SDGs:

  • SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13: Climate Action
  • SDG 14: Life below Water
  • SDG 15: Life on Land

#challenge #asia pacific #social entrepreneurship #innovation

Application Start: To be announced

Application Deadline: To be announced


  • The Champion and 1st Runner-up Teams will be awarded a startup prize money that will enable them to implement the first phase of their business plan for their social enterprise under mentorship
  • Each member of the two Champion Teams will receive a Startup Award of $75,000, while members of the 1st Runner-up Teams will receive $37,500 each.

The proposed social venture model should contain at least the double bottom line, that is, a sustainable financial return and a distinguished social mission. Environmental neutrality is the third bottom line that is always welcome.

Past Social Enterprise Competitions

#challenge #innovation #social entrepreneurship #environmental impact #global

Application Start: 27 October, 2020

Application Deadline: 29 January, 2021

The Yunus & Youth Fellowship Program is a six-month online program designed to empower young social entrepreneurs and to help them develop their full potential by strengthening their business models, helping them measure their social impact, and defining a scaling strategy.

#competition #innovation #social entrepreneurship #global

Application Start: 13 January, 2021

Application Deadline: 17 March, 2021

Prize: €25000, €15000, €10000

So whether you’re part of a startup, a company, or you’re simply an individual launching your own developed solution focused on network sustainability, submit your application for your chance to win the award, along with some cash prizes (the top three winners will take home 50K between them) and the opportunity to develop a proof of concept or prototype with Deutsche Telekom and its partners.

#challenge #innovation #social entrepreneurship #global

Application Start: 8 March, 2021

Application Deadline: 9 April, 2021

Prize: $300,000 – $2 million

Gender inequity is one of the most urgent challenges we face as a society, and COVID-19 has put the economic future of women and girls at even greater risk. At Google.org, we believe that solving big problems requires collective action, and the people closest to the challenges are often those closest to the solution.

#sustainability #award #innovation #social entrepreneurship #global

Application Start: 18 February, 2021

Application Deadline: 11 April, 2021

MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition (ASC) is a yearly competition initiated by the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab since 2006. This annual competition is designed to empower entrepreneurs and foster an eco-system of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Arab Region. ASC pits entrepreneurs in three different tracks: Ideas, Startups and Social Entrepreneurship Track. The winning teams are awarded prize money in equity free fund and benefit from a range of other activities including top tier training, mentorship, coaching, media exposure and great networking opportunities.

#competition #innovation #environmental impact #global

Application Start: 3 February, 2021

Application Deadline: 30 April, 2021

Prize: €50.000 prize money

For many years, the Dell Technologies has supported social entrepreneurship across the globe. Arch Summit is excited to team up with Dell Technologies to recognize and give opportunities to these heroic startups that are solving some of society’s biggest issues. The winner of this competition will receive the Dell Technologies Social Impact Award.

#startups #europe #competition #social entrepreneurship #innovation

Application Start: 8 April, 2021

Application Deadline: 12 May, 2021

Prize: Three €50,000 prizes are awarded for the best socially innovative projects designed to change the world for the better.

Supported by the European Innovation Council, the Competition employs a proven methodology for supporting early-stage ideas and facilitating a network of radical innovators shaping our society. Launched in 2013, the European Social Innovation Competition features three Challenge Prizes and one Impact Prize worth €50,000 each for the best socially innovative projects designed to change the world for the better.

#hackathon #south east asia #innovation #sustainability #social entrepreneurship

Application Start: 15 May, 2021

Application Deadline: 22 May, 2021

Prize: 4 award categories.

The SDG Open Hack is an atypical hackathon that promotes innovation & entrepreneurship, cultivates leadership, creativity, mobility, international competence, and teamwork ability. It is open to current university students studying in Singapore, encourages cross universities and disciplines to form a team to solve societal and/or environmental challenges, by way of learning UN 17 SDGs.

Students can freely choose challenge topics according to their interests, form an interdisciplinary innovation team online, and work hard to develop innovative solutions within 24 hours for challenges related to a certain field virtually. The shortlisted solutions will be presented to the judges and the public during the Grand Finale and Awards Ceremony on 24 May 2021.

#startups #global #challenge #social entrepreneurship #sustainability

Application Start: 12 April, 2021

Application Deadline: 28 May, 2021


  • $30,000+ USD in cash grants
  • Invitation to the TFF Academy (a personalised 3-month acceleration program
  • Professional production of a short documentary film about your solution opportunity to pitch to investors and industry leaders at the global TFF Summit.

Since our first TFF Challenge in 2013, we have helped to launch 60+ startups that have collectively raised $200M+, accelerated 8K+ new business concepts, and engaged over 25,000 innovators from more than 175 countries.

Entrepreneurship Campus Competitions

#innovation #social entrepreneurship #competition #global

Application Start:

Application Deadline: 11 June, 2021


  • Grand Prize winners will receive a virtual Gold Badge and a Certificate.
  • the winners of the Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition 2021 also have the chance to receive input and feedback from our experts in a 60 to 90 minute webinar.

The Entrepreneurship Campus empowers social entrepreneurs, especially young people, from around the world to create a culture for entrepreneurship, to promote entrepreneurial education, and to engage in a more peaceful world. Participants are invited to submit their innovative ideas and projects with a societal impact, which champion and implement one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

#social entrepreneurship #innovation #award #global

Application Start: 20 May, 2021

Application Deadline: 13 June, 2021

Prize: $250,000 USD Grand Prize, $50,000 USD Greenhouse Gas Solutions Prize

Cisco is committed to positively impacting 1 billion people by 2025. As part of our work, we seek to inspire and empower a generation of global problem solvers who will not only survive – but drive and thrive – in our increasingly digital economy. With the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technologies connecting devices and data, good ideas now have the ability to make a difference more quickly than ever before – and we’re here to help.

The 2021 SECON Pitch Competition

#pitch #sustainability #global

Application Start:

Application Deadline: 14 June, 2021

Prize: $4,000

The 2021 SECON Pitch Competition will be held March 27th 2:30-3:45pm ET. Five social enterprises that are tackling urgent and important problems, spanning healthcare to racial justice, will pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges of impact investors — Brian Trestad, Senior Lecturer at HBS and Partner at Bridges Fund Management and Nathalie Kylander, Managing Director at DRK Foundation.

#startups #global #challenge #innovation #technology

Application Start: 23 March, 2021

Application Deadline: 25 June, 2021

Prize: 100K€ Grand Prize for the best early-stage deep tech project & 10K€ Prize for each industry track winner.

The challenge presents an opportunity to pitch or showcase in front of a curated audience of renowned industry leaders & investors. Get spotted by international media, with interview opportunities.

Impact Pitch 2021

#competition #social entrepreneurship #global

Application Deadline: 25 June, 2021


  • Community Impact Awards ($550 x 14)
  • Finalist Grants ($800 x 10)
  • Audience Favorite Video Award ($1,000 x 1)
  • Grand Prize Winners ($5,000 x 3)

Impact Pitch is a business competition highlighting small businesses in the region and their positive IMPACT within the local community. The mission of Business Impact NW and the Impact Pitch Competition is to grow businesses to create jobs in underserved communities.

#award #asia pacific #sustainability

Application Start: 22 April, 2021

Application Deadline: 12 July, 2021

Organisations are encouraged to apply and nominate initiatives/ programmes/projects (“Project”) to join the SDG Achievement Awards Hong Kong (“Awards”). Entries will be evaluated by our panel of experts, including sustainability professionals from different sectors, to determine whether they have outstanding achievements in contributing to SDGs.

#challenge #south east asia #social entrepreneurship #sustainability

Application Start: 1 July, 2021

Application Deadline: 31 July, 2021

Prize: Cash prizes

The President’s Challenge Social Enterprise Award (PCSEA) is a prestigious accolade conferred by the President’s Office to outstanding businesses and their partners within the social enterprise sector in Singapore. It aims to honour and recognise exceptional social enterprises for their contributions made to the local community.

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