The Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for early-stage innovators who have digital innovations that adress social and environmental challenges and are keen to develop a sustainable business model around their digital solutions. 

Winner teams will receive access to the digital innovation launcher programme from Innovation Factory to refine their ideas and prototypes to the generation of a viable business plan and to launch their digital innovation for sustainability.










The government of Ghana has a vision to increase affordable and good quality financial services that meet the needs of Ghanaians. This vision is expressed in the National Financial Inclusion and Development Strategy (NFIDS) roadmap of reforms and innovations. Aligning with the 2030 Agenda for SDGs’ tenet of leaving no one behind, the Innovation Challenge for Ghana seeks to support digital innovations and solutions that promote financial inclusion

Examples include innovations that support financial inclusion of marginalised groups like people living with disabilities or rural women groups, support financial literacy initiatives, enabling easier access to savings accounts and payment services, as well as reducing barriers to obtaining insurance and loans.


URBAN Sustainability

According to the World Bank, 56% of the world’s population live in urban areas, and is expected to rise to 70% by 2050. The rise in high population density communities means increasing large demand for food, energy, clean water, and waste management posing a risk to causing large negative impact on the environment. Technology and innovation have a transformational role in enabling positive outcomes for communities to continue to live in sustainable, low carbon, and healthy urban environments. 

The Innovation Challenge for Indonesia seeks to support digital innovations that
provide solutions to improve urban sustainability.

Flag Mexico


The global pandemic has exacerbated inequalities and thwarted our progress towards achieving the SDGs; at the same time, climate change threats also continue to advance, causing communities to face more and more unprecedented challenges. One thing is clear, that we can not return to business-as-usual. Green recovery pushes us to rethink how communities urgently need to rebuild in ways that are environmentally sustainable, resilient and inclusive. 

The Innovation Challenge refers to digital innovations that provide solutions to improve livelihoods and take climate action – social impact such as empowering marginalised groups to find secure employment, or environmental impact such as enabling biodiversity conservation and promoting sustainable consumption – ultimately contributing to green recovery in Mexican communities.





Call for applications open to start-ups to submit digital innovations for sustainable development: financial inclusion (Ghana), urban sustainability (Indonesia) & green recovery (Mexico).

Submit your application until January 28, 2022 & tell us why your innovative idea/prototype needs acceleration & funding support.


From all applications an expert jury selects 3 teams per country with the most promising digital innovations. These teams participate in our 3 months  digital innovation launcher programme.

Digital Innovation launcher programme


Access tools to help you launch your sustainable business idea

Professional network

Build a support network to assist with your digital innovation start up

CUSTomised coaching & mentoring

Receive professional support from experienced entrepreneurship experts

peer learning

Exchange with peers who similarly strive to generate socio-environmental impacts.

Meet The jury


Derick Omari

Co-Founder & CEO, Tech Era

Emmanuel Mumuni

National Coordinator of Make-IT in Africa Initiative, GIZ

Edwin Zu-Cujoe

Executive Director, Social Enterprise Ghana


Surya Darmadi

Entrepreneurship Expert for Smart Change, Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises Berlin 

Novi Meyanto

Associate Director, PLUS Platform Usaha Sosial

Gita Syahrini

Head of Secretariat, Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari


Erika SanchÉZ

Technical Advisor at the Digital Transformation Center, GIZ

Diego Reyeros

Regional Development Manager - Americas, makesense

Dr. Ana Bárbara Mungaray Moctezuma

Head of the Productive Development Unit, Ministry of Economy

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