CEC Youth Innovation Challenge

Ideas are due April 3, 2018

 Attention Students:

Submit your bold idea for the chance to receive $5,000 in seed funding and present your innovation to North America's top environmental officials in Oklahoma City this summer.  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 for the benefit of society, the economy and the environment.
  • Contribute to the natural asset base of North American economies, creating green jobs and/or economic opportunities for citizens in North America;
  • Make good business sense in terms of profitability and potential for growth.


  • Participants in the Youth Innovation Challenge must be 18 to 30 years old on the date they upload their idea to the ideation platform. The idea may be uploaded by an individual or team of submitters.
  • Participants must be residents of Canada, Mexico or the United States.
  • Participants must demonstrate that their idea responds to one or several of the sustainability challenges facing North America through innovative green growth science, technology or business solutions.
  • Participants must demonstrate the innovativeness of their approach or solution (i.e., respond to one or several of the innovation-focused driving questions).
  • By submitting an idea, participants confirm that they are the sole author or have obtained written permission from all team members who contributed to developing the idea before uploading it to the ideation platform.
  • Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) staff, Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) members, CEC and JPAC immediate family members, and Youth Innovation Challenge judges or immediate family members of judges (siblings, children, grandchildren) are not eligible to enter.

Learn about the Commission for Environmental Cooperation Youth Innovation Challenge