World Series of Innovation

About The Competition

NFTE’s World Series of Innovation is an online, project-based competition that asks small teams of young entrepreneurs (ages 13-24) to create business solutions that align with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and answer a special challenge posed by an entity from the private sector. Young innovators from across the globe are encouraged to enter the competition every fall and compete for cash prizes. Some teams compete independently, some are affiliated with schools or youth development organizations, and some undertake a challenge as a guided classroom project. Educators who are interested in using the World Series of Innovation in the classroom or encouraging student participation as an extracurricular enrichment opportunity can access a robust toolkit that provides additional resources for students and teachers.


Spring 2019 Challenges are now open!

Visit to enter the competition.


Entries due April 24, 2019

Congratulations to the Winners of the Fall 2018 Challenges

  • The Moody’s Foundation Responsible Consumption Challenge Winner: a team from Mounds View High School in Shoreview, MN, developed the idea for Solupal Bags, a water-soluble and eco-friendly alternative shopping bag that eliminates the need to use—and the waste caused by—plastic shopping bags.
  • EY Future of Work Challenge Winner: a team from the Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria in Astoria, NY, developed the idea for SIMS Project: Job Security, an app that evaluates users using assessments of the skills they already have, generates relevant job listings, and provides personalized recommendations for online courses and educational services to help them qualify for jobs.
  • GoDaddy Reliable Internet Challenge Winner: a team from Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette, CO, developed the idea for Internet Consistency in Eritrea and Ethiopia (ICEE), a company with the goal of bringing the World Wide Web to less developed countries by routing a high speed submarine fiber optic cable from Saudi Arabia to Eritrea, building internet infrastructure in Eritrea and Ethiopia.
  • NFTE Climate Change Challenge Winner: a team from Newton South High School’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) in Newton, MA, developed the idea for AlgaCulture, an innovation to help transform rice farms impacted by climate change into profitable algae farms, enabling villages to export algae for food and biofuel.
  • SAP Natural Disaster Challenge Winner: a team from Pine Crest High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL, developed the idea for Foresight Fire, an innovation that revolutionizes safeguards against wildfires by using measurable data of vulnerable areas to target and treat to prevent fire before it happens.