World Bank Group Youth Summit 2022 Pitch Contest – Call for Applications


Applications to the World Bank Group Youth Summit 2022 Pitch Contest now open!

Application Deadline: 4th March 2022 (11:59 pm EST)

About the Award: The 2022 World Bank Group Youth Summit Competition seeks proposals from youth (18 – 35 years) who have innovative and action-oriented solutions and projects for “Unlocking the Power of Inclusion for Equitable Growth” based on three pillars of development: social, environmental, and economic.

The competition rewards the most innovative idea that fosters:

  • Social inclusion as a driver for equitable growth
    (Education, Health, Gender, Social Safety Nets)
  • Environmental inclusion as a driver for equitable growth 
    (Climate Change Mitigation, Climate Adaptation, Climate Smart Technologies)
  • Economic inclusion as a driver for equitable growth
    (Access to Financial Services, Financial Decision Making, Sustainable Livelihoods and Employment, Private Capital Mobilization)

Type: Contest

Eligibility for World Bank Group Youth Summit 2022 Pitch Contest: The competition is open to teams of 1 to 5 individuals aged 18 to 35. Participants must be nationals from World Bank member countries.  Participants can be students, as well as people in the work force or any other occupation. No prior experience in any particular field or topic is necessary. You need to be committed to implement the solution after the competition. Diverse team compositions are advised, but not required.

Selection Criteria: Proposals will be judged based on the following judging criteria: (1) Clarity, scope and relevance of the problem and of the proposed solution; (2) Innovation and originality; (3) Feasibility of implementation and sustainability; (4) Potential for impact.

Eligible Countries: World Bank member countries

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of World Bank Group Youth Summit 2022 Pitch Contest: What’s in it for you?

  • Be mentored by Youth Summit 2021 finalists and World Bank experts 
  • Network with leading professionals and young social entrepreneurs around the world 
  • Participate and learn in events and workshops 
  • Seed-funding


  1. Information Session on February 11, 2022
    Add this event to your calendar or sign up for an email reminder and join the webinar to get all the information you need to submit a solid application.
  2. Submit Your Pitch Deck by March 4, 2022
    Submit your application for the pitch competition here. Pitch decks will be evaluated by an expert committee. Shortlisted individuals/teams will be announced and will proceed to the next stage.
  3. Refine Idea & Prepare Your Pitch (April)
    Shortlisted individuals/teams will receive feedback on their proposals and may be asked to submit further information, refine their proposals and/or submit short pitching videos.
  4. Pitch your Idea at the Youth Summit (May)
    Finalists will join the 2022 WBG Youth Summit at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C.

How to Apply for World Bank Group Youth Summit 2022 Pitch Contest: Proposals can be submitted in English, Arabic, French or Spanish. Submit your application for the pitch competition here.

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

Visit Award Webpage for Details

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