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Con X Tech Prize: $90,000 for bold conservation ideas

Con X Tech Prize; Round 2: Invasive Species & Blue Sky. Got a bold idea for the planet? Get it funded. With $70,000 for prototypes and $70,000 for one grand prize winner, the Con X Tech Prize lets you bring your idea from blueprint to reality. Submit by March 20, 2019.

Submission Deadline: March 20

Find out more: https://conservationx.com/prize

Calling anyone ready to take action on their world-changing idea to collaborate, create, and catalyze new tech for conservation--Conservation X Labs is awarding $90,000 across 20 teams with the Con X Tech Prize!

CXL is seeking novel and transformative tools to conserve the word's biodiversity and end human-induced species extinctions. Aimed specifically at projects teams that are considering their first prototype, the Con X Tech Prize grants 20 prototyping awards of $3,500 each to take your idea from blueprint to reality.

Then, the 20 winners of the first stage of the competition will go on to compete in the Second Stage for the Grand Prize of $20,000!

Finalist from past rounds of the Con X Tech Prize include:


This round of the Con X Tech Prize has two categories: Invasive Species, and Blue Sky. In the Invasive Species category, ideas are sought to prevent, eradicate, or detect invasive or introduced species--including in the fields of transportation, food security, or emerging pathogens. Blue Sky, meanwhile, awards any bold idea that addresses a critical conservation challenge. 

Conservation X Labs believes in radical collaboration, and the strongest solutions and project teams will draw from a range of disciplines (e.g., behavioral sciences, engineering, computer science, molecular science, economics) and consider the impact, sustainability (financial and environmental), and scalability of their solution from the very beginning. The goal is to move from merely monitoring changing landscapes and species populations, to developing tangible solutions and creating real-life impact. Hardware and software submissions are welcomed, as well as any impactful solution idea that is enabled by technology and helps achieve a conservation outcome.

The potential benefits of your proof-of-concept can't be understated; it can help your team validate a project idea, launch a successful crowdfunding campaign, net a strategic partnership, or even raise a successful seed investment.

The only question is: what will you build?

Deadline to submit your idea has been extended to March 20, 2019.


  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019: Con X Tech Prize open for submissions.
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019:Submission period closes.
  • March 2019: Peer Feedback Period.
  • Late May 2019: Finalists selected and announced.
  • Summer 2019: Prototyping Second Stage.

How to submit

  1. Create an account on the Digital Makerspace--the online community platform for conservation innovation projects.
  2. Create a project and fill in the prompts to add detail and structure to your idea.
  3. Once submitted, your project will be vetted to be hosted on the Digital Makerspace community. When approved, submit it to the Con X Tech Prize by clicking the Submit Project Button at the top of the page.
  4. Done! You're in the running for one of twenty $3,500 prototyping grants--and one $20,000 Grand Prize.


Email the Community Manager and prize administrator, Tom Quigley, at tom@conservationxlabs.org

2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Showcase Your Innovation

Apply for the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit! The 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit is accepting applications from entrepreneurs in five sectors: Agriculture, Connectivity, Energy, Health, and Water. To scale up your business, you need knowledge, a network, and funding. With all of these, powered by regulators, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 is the place to be. Ready to go international with a transformative approach or technology in Agri/Food, Connectivity, Energy, Health, or Water? Bring it to pitch at GES 2019! Apply by January 30.

American Councils Summer Internship in Moscow Scholarships

American Councils Study Abroad

American Councils is pleased to announce that the Business, Technology, and Innovation (BTI) Scholarship offers travel, lodging, and tuition support for U.S. students participating in an American Councils summer internship program in Moscow for Summer 2019.

On the program, student interns:

  • Work, live and study in one of the world's most economically powerful cities
  • Gain real-world skills demanded by employers
  • Make their resumes stand out
  • Get job experience through an 8-week internship at a startup
  • Explore a career path in business consulting, marketing, technology and more
  • Earn 4-5 credits in intercultural communication


U.S. undergraduate and graduate students interested in business, innovation, or STEM fields are eligible to apply for scholarships of $3,000-5,000. Awards are made on the basis of financial need, compatibility, and academic merit. No prior study of Russia is required.


A Resident Director in Moscow provides ongoing logistical support and 24-hour emergency assistance. All participants are enrolled in comprehensive health, accident, and evacuation insurance while overseas. A dedicated mentor guides career development goals during online sessions.


To apply, submit an online application by February 15, 2019, by going to www.acstudyabroad.org/innovation-scholarship


For questions please email us at: outbound@americancouncils.org

Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is Accepting New Applications!

Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)

Do you have a breakthrough idea to solve a global development problem? USAID wants to hear from you!

USAID's open innovation program--Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)--is accepting new applications to test and scale creative solutions to any global development challenge. Anyone, anywhere can apply at any time!

DIV provides tiered grant funding (from $50,000 to $5,000,000) to test new ideas and scale the best solutions that demonstrate rigorous evidnece of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale.

Learn how to apply!

James Dyson Award

Screen image of gears on a light blue background with the words "James Dyson Award | Wanted: Problem Solvers | The James Dyson Award 2018 opens for entries March 27. If you have an invention that solves a problem, we want to hear about it."

The James Dyson Award, an international engineering and design competition for students and recent graduates, is now open for entries.James Dyson Award Wanted: Problem Solvers The James Dyson Award 2018 opens for entries March 27. If you have an invention that solves a problem, we want to hear about it.

We reward socially conscious, innovative students and recent graduates for developing meaningful solutions to real world problems. The brief is simple: design something that solves a problem.

The award goes through several stages including selecting national winners and runners-up, and culminating with James Dyson selecting an international winner who is awarded $40,000. The international winner's university department receives an additional $6,000.

From now until July 20, we're looking for this year's winners and we wanted to inform the students at Michigan State to make sure their ideas and inventions are entered. Students can visit JamesDysonAward.org to submit their entries and to learn more about the award and previous winners.

Calling All Digital and Tech Innovators - Fall Armyworm Tech Prize

"Fall Armyworm Tech Prize - The prize is seeking digital tools and approaches that provide timely, context-specific information that enable smallholder farmers and those who support them to identify, treat, and track incidence of fall armyworm in Africa."

"Fall Armyworm Tech Prize - The prize is seeking digital tools and approaches that provide timely, context-specific information

that enable smallholder farmers and those who support them to identify, treat, and track incidence of fall armyworm in Africa."Do you want the chance to win up to $400,000 and prevent hunger and malnutrition? Apply now for the Fall Armyworm Tech Prize.

Fall Armyworm is an invasive pest that is destroying crops across Africa. The prize is seeking digital tools and approaches that provide timely, context-specific information that enable smallholder farmers and those who support them to identify, treat, and track incidence of fall armyworm in Africa.

Share with your friends and apply by May 14, 2018!

Skyrocket your green idea!

Skyrocket your green idea! What are your innovative solutions?

North American youth aged 18 to 30 are invited to enter the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s (CEC) innovation challenge to compete for C$5,000 in seed funding and a chance to present their idea to North America’s top environmental officials at the 2018 CEC Council Session in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States.

From all the ideas on the platform, nine semifinalists will be invited to develop their innovative ideas into full proposals.

Make sure to tell us about your green idea on the Youth Innovation Challenge Facebook page or Twitter using the #Youth4Innovation hashtag! Follow the CEC on Facebook or on Twitter.

Global Innovation Exchange Funding Opportunities

Global Innovation Exchange

The Global Innovation Exchange is a global online marketplace for innovations, funding, insights, resources and conversations, allowing the world to better work together to address humanity’s greatest challenges.
Global Innovation Exchange

Who We Are and Why We’re Here

The Exchange was co-created with over 100 international organizations from across government, business, academia and civil society who wanted to help tackle the following challenges together:

    How do we ensure the best ideas are getting the right resources?
    How do we ensure that anyone with a good idea can contribute to international development?
    How do we make it easier to access the resources available?
    How can we better connect the supply of solutions with the actual demand for them?
    How can we reduce the duplication of innovations in development?
    How do we rapidly expand the most successful innovations and bring them around the world?

The Exchange is also designed to support complementary initiatives around the world including the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, innovation challenges, and innovation initiatives with donors, NGOs, governments, and the private sector. We work collaboratively with other platforms and organizations to amplify and connect their work with the world.

To learn more, visit our website.


D-Prize Distribution Equals Development

D-Prize wants to award you up to $20,000 to solve the world's global health, energy, education, and corruption challenges. You make up the next generation of social impact leaders and we want to hear your ideas! Check out our competition, select one of the challenges, and then pitch your two-page idea to D-Prize. Up to 15 winners will be awarded seed capital and given support to launch a pilot. Join the competition at www.d-prize.org.

Beat the rush for @thedprize competition and apply now. #getfunded

Jumpstart your social impact career with @thedprize! Apply for the chance to put your idea into practice.-

Looking to get your #bopbiz idea funded? Apply for @thedprize, which awards grants to ventures distributing poverty-tech!

Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grants for Dire Needs Overseas

Photo of Laura Bailey (2014) speaking to some residents of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The purpose of the Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grant for Dire Needs Overseas Undergraduate is to identify and fund the most outstanding projects which will serve dire human needs in countries other than the U.S. The grants must be used within a 12-month period to make an impact that will help alleviate dire human needs. The amount awarded depends on available funds and project scope. Typical grant funding is $1,200 for a Level I award and $1,800 for a Level II award.

For deadlines, applications and other information about the grants, visit the MSU Honors College website.