Ready to see your SDG idea take off? Your students can register (for FREE) in the LIFT Challenge to win a share of $15,000 USD in prize money!

The Center for Sustainable Enterprise’s Launching Investment for Future Transformation (LIFT) sponsored by Bank of America calls on students from around the world to develop blended finance and impact investing strategies to drive true triple bottom line sustainability – simultaneously addressing the most pressing environmental, social and economic challenges of our time. The world is experiencing monumental challenges; from climate change to the lack of access to clean water and sanitation, from the need for affordable housing to sustainable energy and infrastructure. The impacts from these challenges have been disproportionate, affecting the most vulnerable, underserved populations and communities.

We can tackle these complex sustainability issues in a manner that advances social equity, justice and economic mobility. Blended finance can help us do this successfully! We need unique solutions that combine multiple finance and investment mechanisms to support innovation from and for all stakeholders.

We invite student teams to pitch ideas in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and identify untapped opportunities and bridge gaps to solve social inequities and create opportunities for economic mobility. Students can even work to help existing organizations whose mission they believe could benefit from blended finance. There is no single path in the fight for social justice and equitable economic opportunity. The world needs ideas for all sectors, topics and regions. So no matter where you’re from, teams can pitch solutions for high-income countries, low-income countries, and everything in between.

Students

FREE Registration is on a rolling basis through Oct. 13, 2021 . The sooner you register, the sooner you are matched with coaching opportunities.

Proposal Submissions Due Oct. 20, 2021

Finalists announced Oct. 30, 2021

Live virtual finals Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, 2021

For details, visit the website:
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Learn about Blended Finance, Impact Investing and more on the resources page:
https://cse.unc.edu/liftchallenge/index.php/resources/

Register your team on the student interest page:

https://cse.unc.edu/liftchallenge/index.php/student-interest/

Early in the process, submit your concept paper (3 paragraphs max) here in order to be matched with coaching opportunities with professionals:
https://cse.unc.edu/liftchallenge/index.php/student-interest/

We are excited to review your ideas!

Best wishes,
The Center for Sustainable Enterprise Team

Also, our Center for Sustainable Enterprise student interns have curated some resources related to climate finance and investment, sustainable finance, impact investing and blended finance. We thought everyone here might be interested in sharing the links in case students have interest.

Finance and Investment Resources:

Climate change investment and finance

Green finance and investment + case studies:

Medium- and Low-income (Emerging and developing) markets:

Blended finance resources

Introduction to sustainable and blended finance