The World Bank Youth Summit Competition 2021

This year’s World Bank Youth Summit Competition challenges young social entrepreneurs to submit innovative proposals for scalable enterprises that fuel a greener, more inclusive and resilient recovery from the economic and health crisis induced by COVID-19.

The global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic calls for a coordinated effort toward recovery. The pandemic has resulted in the creation of not only a health crisis but also an economic one of a scale unprecedented in the recent years.

How can we unleash the unique opportunities we have today to not only boost a sustainable economic recovery but also, ensure that this recovery is both sustainable and inclusive? Tell World Bank about your ideas that aim at ‘building back better”!

The World Bank Youth Summit Competition

The World Bank Youth Summit Competition awards the most cutting-edge idea that supports either of the two youth summit themes listed below:

  • A Resilient recovery for the People: Empowers people in fighting the consequences of the pandemic and addresses growing inequality in societies.
  • A Resilient recovery for the Planet: Provides sustainable solutions to support the halt of climate change. 


  • Be mentored by Youth Summit 2019 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


  • The World Bank Youth Summit 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.

How to Apply

The World Bank Group wants to hear from young changemakers across the globe about hands-on initiatives that ensure that we ‘build back better’.

Click here to Apply

In case of questions, please reach out to them at

Deadline: 31st March 2021


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