The Semi-Finalists projects The Semi-Finalists inspiring and impactful projects will be recognized in conjunction with the UN75 Global Conversation project. They will be portrayed online in a widely shared digital yearbook.
The Semi-Finalists projects will be invited to pitch their projects in front of this Jury at the Futures Project Flagship Conference in Munich in December 2020, and they will receive individualised mentoring and pitch preparation support. These semi-finalists will have their projects reviewed by and receive feedback from our Jury of Leaders, comprised of CEOs, NGO directors, political leaders, impact fund managers, foundation executives, and leaders from other fields.
Up to 5 winning projects will participate in a highly customised Social Impact Accelerator in Spring 2021. This four-month experience will include one-on-one mentoring with experts and industry leaders, interaction with the TFP global network, and an intensive 5-7 day, in-person training week in Berlin. Furthermore, the selected projects will receive individualised mentorship for a full year, launching their projects into the next phases of impact for the future.
The Futures Project will not provide direct funding; participation in the Social Impact Accelerator programme will be given as in-kind support to the top projects. However, through the pitch process and participation in the Accelerator programme, you will have the opportunity to share your project directly with top international foundations and impact investors.
The UN75 Global Conversation initiative is intended to spark conversations about building the futures we want. Innovators for the Future is adding to this conversation by identifying and supporting projects that are thoughtfully considering the futures they want to see and taking action to bring these futures to life.
We are looking for innovative projects and initiatives from any sector that are making positive and substantial impacts on communities and their futures. Projects can be anywhere from local to global in their reach. These projects should be able to articulate how they are addressing both the urgency of the moment, given the COVID-19 crisis, and the problems of our future. Projects should have the potential to be replicable, scalable, and sustainable. For more information, see “What We Look For”.
Applicants should fulfill the following basic eligibility criteria:
We are open to initiatives that are just starting out with pilot projects, those who have already achieved some results, and those who are ready to scale for greater impact.
In order to apply, you should have already started putting your idea into action.
The application process consists of a pre-application to assess eligibility and an application for those who meet the eligibility requirements.
Step one: Fill out our quick pre-application form--it’s an indication of interest and eligibility check.
Step two: We will notify applicants on a rolling basis as to whether they qualify to complete the full application form. All applicants will be notified by mid-June and will have until July 31st to complete the full application form.
Please note that some applicants may be asked to provide more detail at later stages in the application, but we will contact you individually about this.
The pre-application form should take no more than one hour. The full application may take a few hours to complete. It does not require extensive budget projections or documentation. A founder or project leader should be able to fill out this application form using their own knowledge about the initiative.
You can email our application support team at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are available to answer questions and help you submit the best possible applications but are not involved in the review process. The support team will follow up with you to answer questions or arrange a time to speak.
Please see the “How does it work?” section on our web page.
Projects will be evaluated on their potential for impact, feasibility, commitment to the future, and alignment with the values set forth by the Call for Innovators. Our Expert Reviewers and Jury Members will consider your explanations of your idea, methodology, team, and the evidence you provide about your project’s potential to achieve results.