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There are over 70 million youth in North America. That’s a lot of good ideas.


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Join the North American Youth Innovation Challenge Community!

Submit your bold idea for the chance to receive C$5,000 in seed funding and present your innovation to North America's top environmental officials in Mexico City this summer.


North America is facing urgent and complex sustainability challenges. Citizen leadership—including youth—is more important than ever to keep the momentum going toward the adoption of cleaner, carbon-neutral technologies and policies that benefit both the environment and communities across North America.

As today's visionaries and tomorrow's decision-makers, young leaders will drive the green growth innovations that are critical to a sustainable future.

Canada, Mexico and the United States need innovative science, technology and business solutions to North American's shared sustainability challenges. Students and young entrepreneurs are encouraged to share innovative ideas that:

  • Create better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, business models, marketing, supply chains and/or partnerships that will benefit both the environment and local communities.
  • Contribute to the natural asset base of North American economies, creating green jobs and/or economic opportunities for citizens in North America, including local communities and Indigenous peoples;
  • Make good business sense in terms of profitability and potential for growth.

Show us what you've got! Submit your bright idea and benefit from the collective intelligence of youth across North America.


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 www.facebook.com/CECconnect or on Twitter at twitter.com/CECweb.