Kobe, Japan

Competition

Entrepreneurship

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Details

UNOPS Global Innovation Challenge brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, programmers and developers to provide the creative ideas and solutions needed to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNOPS Global Innovation Centres (GICs) offer a partnership arrangement to private sector organizations that would like to become global members. Exclusive benefits for global members of the innovation programme include the opportunity to co-design GIC innovation challenges and to participate as a jury member to select the winners. Global members will also have the ability to invest in start-up companies identified through the innovation challenges.

Criteria

This programme is open to both individuals and groups, such as business entities and other types of organizations. Female applicants are encouraged to apply.

Benefits

Piloting Phase:

Participants with solutions that demonstrate the most potential will be given the opportunity to develop a pilot in collaboration with UNOPS, at a suitable location.

Global Innovation Centre Incubator:

Selected participants will be given the opportunity to join one of UNOPS Global Innovation Centre Incubators for a 12-month period. They will receive support to help advance their solution to the marketplace.

Boot Camp:

The top candidates from this review process will be invited to a boot camp in Kobe, Japan. All those selected should be available in person for a four-day period.

About UNOPS

UNOPS is a service provider, a technical advisor and an implementer of projects. We help the UN and other partners provide peace and security, humanitarian and development solutions.

Our mission

Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. 

Our vision

Our vision is a world where people can live full lives supported by appropriate, sustainable and resilient infrastructure and by the efficient, transparent use of public resources in procurement and project management.

Our purpose

We help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.

We bring to this task the values and principles of the United Nations and the innovation, boldness, speed and efficiency of a self-financed institution. 

We bring the highest international standards to what we do, while respecting local contexts. We do this as our contribution to tackling the huge challenges of the 21st century.