Misk Grand Challenges for young people (sh.10 million grant)

The Misk Grand Challenges empower young people to actualize their own innovative solutions to problems facing the world today, and in future.

This idea is possible through the collaboration of Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Their plan with the Misk Grand Challenges is to launch 2 problems every 6 months for young people to solve. This will happen over the next 3 years. The best 100 innovative ideas will benefit from a grant of sh. 10 million ($100,000) to realize the respective concepts.

The first of the Misk Grand Challenges were unveiled on 14th November and are about:

  1. Global Citizenship – how young people can help deliver on the SDGs
  2. Education – how the education system can be transformed for the era of the knowledge economy

Winners will be selected based on how well the concept can overcome the particular challenge. There will also be opportunities for additional funding in future and attendance to a selection of events where Misk Foundation plus the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be involved in.

It is not a requirement that the projects be limited to a particular geographic area. Neither is there any restriction on age. But young people are encouraged to apply as the solutions must focus on those under 30 years of age.

Deadline for application is 2nd May, 2018. To learn more and to apply, visit the initiative’s official website.