About Lead2030

We're thrilled to announce the launch of Lead2030's second round of challenges. Lead2030 is an initiative to drive progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Supported by some of the world’s most prestigious brands, Lead2030 will find, fund and accelerate the most impactful youth-led solutions that are moving the needle on the SDGs.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals – or Global Goals – were agreed upon by 193 countries in 2015. From ending poverty to protecting the oceans, these goals represent an ambitious to-do list to create a sustainable future by 2030.

Yet with an estimated annual investment gap of $2.5 trillion in developing countries alone, achieving the Global Goals requires meaningful contribution from the private sector. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres recently stated that “funding gaps for SDG investments are vast and urgent. We must unlock the large levels of financing necessary to implement the 2030 Agenda.”

The Challenges

The programme is made possible by all the Lead2030 Challenge Partners who have together committed to making half a million dollars available to youth-led projects in its first year.

Each Partner has selected a particular Sustainable Development Goal to support. They have each set specific challenges for their chosen goals.

Chosen solutions to each Challenge will receive $50,000 in funding from their Challenge Partner.

But even more valuable than that, each Lead2030 Challenge Partner is forming a mentorship team to provide you with expert advice and guidance to accelerate your solutions and grow their impact. Select Challenge Winners will receive communications support from Activation Supporter, Porter Novelli.

The deadline for applications is 5 January, 2020.

All Challenges:

  • Goal 2: RB. Zero Hunger. How to end hunger by 2030?
  • Goal 3: AstraZeneca. Good Health & Well-being. How do we fight the growing burden on non-communicable disease worldwide?
  • Goal 4: Deloitte. Quality Education. How do we prepare 50 million futures for a world of opportunity?
  • Goal 6: RB. Clean Water & Sanitation. How do we achieve universal access to equitable sanitation and hygiene by 2030?
  • Goal 7: BP. Affordable & Clean Energy. How do we increase the share of renewable energy by 2030?
  • Goal 9: Standard Chartered. Industrial Innovation & Infrastruture. How can we re-imagine solutions to finance the growth of SMEs and trade to unlock prosperity for the world’s communities?
  • Goal 10: Bristol-Myers Squibb. Reduced Inequalities. How can we reduce inequalities within and among countries?
  • Goal 12: Mondi Group. Sustainable Consumption and Production. How can we turn waste by the packaging industry into raw materials of inherent value?
  • Goal 14: Credit Suisse. Life under water. How do we conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development?

Additional mentorship will provided to selected challenge winners by Activation Supporter, Porter Novelli.