Eligibility Criteria

1.
The applicant is a startup, research team, invention, or organization tackling the world’s most “intractable” or “wicked” problems in any one of the seven World in 2050 clusters.

2.
The applicant can be from any UN-recognized country in the world, currently not under international sanctions.

3.
The applicant is a legally registered entity, or in the case of an individual, is recognized as an adult in their country of origin and not restricted by law from participating.

4.
The applicant is authorized to apply on behalf of the company, project, institution, or other legal entity to which they belong.

5.
The applicant must own the source of their key value proposition—have the technical know-how in-house in the case of a technology company, the patent in case of a research project, etc. The applicant must have the core competency necessary to execute and develop.

6.
The legal entity of the applicant has not been convicted of, and is not currently under investigation for human rights violations, financial misdeeds, illegal business practices, or bankruptcy.

7.
The applicant or solution being proposed does not have any legal proceedings initiated against them for infringement of copyright, fraud, or other intent to harm internally or externally that could impact their ability to develop the solution proposed.

8.
The applicant must demonstrate a roadmap to market introduction in the case of a product, and self-sufficiency in the case of a non-profit within two years of being announced as a challenge winner.

9.
The applicant must include an essay on the key questions they are working on solving and what drives them to find answers.

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t least one of the co-founders or leaders of the project team must be female.

11.
The proposed project must have a civilian purpose (no wartime applications) and a clear target of reducing human suffering or increasing human well-being.

Released January 2020.

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