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IDB and EARTH University - Call for proposals from innovative youth on climate change projects

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the EARTH University of Costa Rica invite young innovators to participate in a session in which 30 projects were 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 of age 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 17, 2014 and August 30, 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.

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