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EarthTech is inviting young visionary entrepreneurs with solutions to the world’s biggest environmental and social issues, using science, technology, communication and design, to apply to the EarthTech Challenge 2020. The competition aims to create exponential impact for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Entrants can register in 1 of the following categories:

  • Poverty & Inequality
  • Food, Water & Health Care
  • Climate & Energy
  • Sustainable Futures or
  • Environment & Biodiversity.

Entries should demonstrate how the concept relates and is aligned to 1 or more of the SDGs and how technology, creativity, and innovation can help to achieve the SDGs. Submissions should be in the form of videos.

The Challenge includes a 6-week online course that will take place from 16 December 2019 to 24 January 2020.


Finalists will get to participate in the EarthTech Challenge Summit 2020 to be held on Makepeace Island, Richard Branson’s Australian home, in February 2020.  At the Summit, finalists will receive further support, mentoring, seminars, networking, direct investment opportunities to fund and/or commercialise their ideas, as well as the chance to be crowned the overall winner of the EarthTech Challenge.

Finalists (the nominated team leader and a representative) will be offered 2 complimentary travel tickets, 2 shared accommodation and 3 meals per person per day for the duration of the ETC Summit at Makepeace Island in Noosa from 20 to 23 February 2020. Parents or legal guardians are required to accompany any winners under 18-years old. EarthTech will provide travel and accommodation for guardians.

Finalists of each EarthTech Challenge Category will receive an EarthTech Challenge Finalist’s Seal to badge and brand their collateral; an EarthTech Challenge Finalist’s Certificate to promote their achievement; and present their stories as a TedX style talk at the EarthTech Summit February 2020. They will also be featured as a finalist through the EarthTech website and celebrated across EarthTech’s social media networks.

The eventual Grand Winner – the EarthTech Challenge Summit Winner – will:

  • Receive the EarthTech Challenge Winner Trophy;
  • Receive the EarthTech Challenge Winner Seal to badge and brand their collateral;
  • Receive the EarthTech Challenge Winner Certificate to promote their achievement;
  • Be profiled as a Winner through the EarthTech website;
  • Be celebrated across EarthTech’s social media networks;
  • Be invited to participate in various events throughout the following 12 months;
  • Be invited to join EarthTech’s national team of leaders and innovators; and
  • Receive a chance for further support, mentoring, seminars, key networking and direct investment opportunities to fund and commercialise their ideas.


Applicants may enter as individuals or in teams. They must be between 13 and 29 years of age. Entrants must have an idea, or are in the process of developing or have developed either 1) a product or service based on a new or innovative technology, or 2) an innovative application of an existing technology.

The entrant’s idea, product or service must have the potential to address 1 of the United Nations SDGs under the abovementioned 5 categories. It is not possible to submit 1 entry across multiple categories. EarthTech’s mentors can help decide the best category for the applicant if his/her idea solves multiple problems across the Global Goals. However, it is possible to submit more than 1 entry. Any entrant aged between 13 and 17 must have the permission of his/her parent or guardian.


Applications are to be done online by 24 January 2020.

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