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Calling All Innovators Worldwide: €50,000 Prize for Winning Project in Sustainability

Showcase your digital solutions for a chance to win big and accelerate your impact. 


We are proud to unveil a groundbreaking Startup Pitch Competition spotlighting innovative projects at the intersection of sustainability and digital technology. This competition seeks to empower startups tackling sustainability challenges with the power of digital solutions. Competition is open to any startup in the world as long as contest rules are obeyed. 


Key Competition Details: 

  • Objective: To recognize and support projects that creatively address sustainability challenges through digital innovations. 
  • Participant Selection: Entrants will be chosen based on their alignment with the summit’s theme. A panel of expert judges (nominated by GeSI) will select the top 20 projects from the submissions received. 
  • Presentation Opportunity: The selected 20 projects will be presented at the Startup stage during the summit, offering participants a platform to pitch their ideas, demonstrate their solutions, and discuss their contribution to a sustainable future.  
  • Prize: The winner will receive a €50,000 prize to further develop and implement their project, aiding their journey to make a significant impact on sustainability goals. 
  • Subscription Fee: all applicants should pay a fee of €200 euros which will include access to the competition and one general entrance ticket to the 3 days of the DWP Global Summit. 
  • Deadline for Applications: All entries must be submitted by 21 June of 2024. 

All participants must comply with the contest rules which are available here. 


Who Can Enter? 

The competition is open to any startup playing a role in the development of a digital solution that aligns with the competition’s criteria – a more sustainable and inclusive planet through digital solutions.  


Definition of a Startup: 

  • Be a legally established entity; 
  • Have less than 10 years old; 
  • Have less than 250 employees; 
  • Have an annual turnover of less than 50 million Euros; 
  • Not be a product of a split or transformation from a large company, and not have a majority shareholding, either direct or indirect, from a large company; 
  • Meet one of the following conditions: 
    • Be an innovative company with high growth potential, having an innovative business model, products, or services, and recognized integrity by the local agency (example. In Portugal this falls within ANI – National Innovation Agency, S.A), in the practice of research and development activities or certification of the recognition process for technology sector companies; 
    • Have completed at least one round of venture capital funding; 
    • Have received investment from the local recognized financial institutions, or from funds managed by those institutions, or by its subsidiary companies, or from one of its equity or quasi-equity instruments (example: in Portugal this falls under Banco Português de Fomento, S.A.).