unctad.org | Youth Entrepreneurship Pitching Event 2018: Start-up and Scale-up for SDGs!
Youth Entrepreneurship Pitching Event 2018: Start-up and Scale-up for SDGs!
15 November 2018
15:00-19:00 hrs., Hall XIV of the Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

UNCTAD, in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization, the Politecnico di Milano, the International Organization for Migration and Capacity invite young entrepreneurs to pitch business ideas contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Impact investors will provide feedback to young start-ups on promoting inclusive sustainable development through entrepreneurship.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 


  • Are you between 15 and 34 years old?

  • Do you have a business idea that can contribute to sustainability?

  • Is this idea detailed enough to fill in a business canvas?

Applications from young entrepreneurs with migrant backgrounds including returning migrants; businesses or business ideas which partner with migrants; as well as businesses which offer migration related solutions, are particularly encouraged.


Candidates in the scale-up competition will have the opportunity to win an equity fund of US$ 15,000, while candidates in the start-up competition will have the opportunity to win a grant of US$ 5,000.

The prizes are sponsored by ONE CREATION, a Swiss Investment cooperative whose commitments reflect the combination of social, economic and environmental priorities.

Please read carefully the eligibility criteria in the APPLICATION FORM and send your application to: empretec@unctad.org




For further information, please contact:
Fulvia Farinelli at fulvia.farinelli@un.org
Philippe Rudaz at philippe.rudaz@un.org
Covid-19 Advisory
In view of the current situation concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it has been decided in the public interest to postpone all UNCTAD meetings scheduled in May 2020, including those listed below. New dates will be communicated in due time.
  • Multi-year Expert Meeting on Trade, Services and Development (5 to 6 May 2020)
  • Short course for Geneva-based delegates - Para 166 (8 May 2020)
  • Multi-year Expert Meeting on Investment, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Productive Capacity-building and Sustainable Development (13 May 2020)
  • UNCTAD ad-hoc meetings
Please consult the information on COVID-19 for meeting participants here.

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