Malmo City, 21 January 2022 (TDI): The United Nations Office for Projected Services (UNOPS) has introduced a creative incentive for entrepreneurs across the world in terms of sustainability.

According to a tweet that was posted on the 18th of January, the UNOPS S3i Innovation Center within Sweden has created an innovative Global Innovation Challenge to encourage the development of technology and solutions that could assist in tackling the issues of gender equality and climate change throughout the world.

According to the announcement, this initiative is one that has taken place with the collaboration of Malmo city within Sweden. Given the challenges posed by climate change and the threat to human life with deteriorating air quality and the rise of slum dwellers, this challenge seeks to build inclusive, resident, and sustainable cities.

The Center for Innovation will work in line with the 2030 Sustainability Goals and will design technology that reduces gas emissions, specifically greenhouse gases. Furthermore, the Centre will also work towards building resilience within communities in regards to the threats posed by climate change, along with making these cities more gender-neutral and equal.

Call for start-ups

Entrepreneurs are encouraged to take part in this initiative; the challenge will open them to opportunities to be able to submit their solutions towards a sustainable and equal world. These solutions are then going to be reviewed and judged by a group of experts who will largely be from Malmo city, UNOPS, and actors within the private sector.

The winning solution will be able to join the UNOPS S3i Innovation Programme and the participants will be handed support to advance their ideas into the marketplace. Through these services, they will be given the opportunity to connect across various communities that are in need of assistance.

History of the Global Innovation Challenge

Originally having its roots in 2019, it brought together individuals from various fields such as entrepreneurs, investors, start-ups, as well as individuals within academia. The support that is given by the S3i Innovation Centre largely assists those with solutions which is essentially how such an initiative began to grow.

In the last year of 2021, within the last challenge, there were a total of 23 start-up solutions that won from a pool of 800 other applicants. Moreover, a majority of these 23 winners were females.