Call for proposals on Climate Change Projects from Innovative Youth



17 July 2014 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and EARTH University of Costa Rica invite young innovators to participate in a session in which 30 projects will be selected to combat climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean who could receive seed capital of up to $15,000 per project.

Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years from the date of enrollment and must present a project with an innovative approach, which can be from a new idea or already in operation.


Projects should fit in one of the following categories:

  • Education and Awareness
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Transport
  • Sustainable Business
  • Resilient Agriculture
  • Water resources

Interested youth can submit their proposals between July 17th, 2014 and August 14, 2014 at 11:59 pm (EST) on the website www.iadb.org/greenovators.

The selection of the winning projects will be conducted by a panel of experts and the winners will be notified by mail in mid-September.  Winners will also be invited to participate in a youth event at EARTH University in Costa Rica in November of this year.

The competition – created in collaboration with the Ibero-American General Secretariat and the Government of the Republic of Costa Rica through its Ministry of Environment and Energy – is open to entrepreneurs who have discovered a business opportunity or who identified a need in your community and find a scalable solution whose bid apart from the competition by adding innovative elements for the region.

To access the competition website, click here.

More about EARTH University can be found at http://www.earth.ac.cr/en.

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is a source of multilateral financing for sustainable economic, social and institutional development programs and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  More information about the IDB is at www.iadb.org.  For more about IDB projects, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/projects,1229.html.

Source: Inter-American Development Bank