Skyrocket your green idea! CEC Youth Innovation Challenge

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North American youth aged 18 to 30 are invited to enter the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s (CEC) innovation challenge to compete for C$5,000 in seed funding and a chance to present their idea to North America’s top environmental officials at the 2018 CEC Council Session in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. 

From all the ideas on the platform, nine semifinalists will be invited to develop their innovative ideas into full proposals.

Make sure to tell us about your green idea on the Youth Innovation Challenge Facebook page or Twitter using the #Youth4Innovation hashtag! Follow the CEC on Facebook at or on Twitter at

Click here for the Semifinalist Project Summaries and Winners of the 2017 Youth Innovation Challenge. 

About the Innovation Challenge

The innovation challenge is intended to harness the creativity of college and university students and young entrepreneurs by eliciting bold and innovative technology, science and business ideas for green growth that address the complex sustainability challenges facing North America. Innovative ideas will:

  • Create better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, business models, marketing, supply chains and/or partnerships for the benefit of society, the economy and the environment.
  • Contribute to the natural asset base of North American economies, create green jobs and/or economic opportunities for citizens in North America.
  • Make good business sense in terms of profitability and potential for growth.

These ideas will then be crowdsourced—a process whereby submitters refine their ideas based on feedback and comments from the community of North American youth registered on the platform.