World Bank and Zicklin Center Ideas for Action International Competition 2019


Are you between 18-35 years old?

Do you have any problems with daily life?

Do you have a project idea to solve this problem and support development and progress in your community and country?

Do you have at least one friend who shares your dream and idea?

If your answer to the four questions is “Yes”, be positive and participate in one of the top international competitions Ideas for Action (I4A)

Ideas for Action, a joint program of the World Bank and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School, is a youth competition centered around financing sustainable development. Every year, students and young professionals from around the world participate to design ideas for financing and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. Winners of the competition present their ideas during the IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings, receive support from a dedicated startup accelerator at the Wharton School, and benefit from unique networking opportunities with other young leaders as well as some of the most senior decision-makers in international development, academia, and the private sector.

The finalists and winners will be selected by a panel of academics and experienced development professionals from public and private sector institutions. Winners of the competition get the opportunity to:

  • Present their ideas at an event during the Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group,
  • Receive support from a project incubator at the Wharton School, and
  • Benefit from unique networking opportunities with experts from international development, academia, and the private sector.

Eligibility: Students and young professionals between the ages of 18-35 years from around the world are invited participate.

Team Registration: Teams must consist of two to six members and may be formed across different schools, institutions, companies, countries, nationalities, etc.


  • Deadline for proposal submissions: February 28, 2019 at 11:59PM (PST)
  • Announcement of submissions selected for the final round*: Early April 2019
  • Announcement of winners: May 31, 2019

Submissions are eligible in Arabic, English, French, English, Portuguese, and Spanish!

Submit your proposal at:

For more information about the competition:

For more information about the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs: