Embark on a Green Revolution
with UniGreen's Climate Change Competition Funded By The European Union

Application Deadline - 16th March

About Climate Change Competition

This national challenge is a call to merge environmental sustainability with economic viability, perfectly aligning with Egypt’s ambitious climate change goals. It is a catalyst for groundbreaking innovations and technology-driven solutions for Climate Change.

Join us in this transformative journey for a chance to gain amazing prizes, engage with industry leaders and get recognized by institutions shaping the future of sustainability!

The competition is funded by the European Union, led by Life Makers Foundation and Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, in collaboration with Samsung, Nile University, Egyptian Food Bank and governmental partnerships & facilitated by Nilepreneurs.

Competition Tracks

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mitigation

Create scalable, sustainable solutions for Egypt's emission reduction goals, aligning with climate policies and NDCs.

Example for potential issues

- Smart Grid Technologies

- Green Transportation

- Industrial Process Optimization

Biodynamic Agricultural

Seek tech solutions for sustainable biodynamic agriculture in Egypt, aligning with national goals for 20% organic farming by 2030.

Example for potential issues

- Supply Chain Optimization

- Precision Farming

- Marketplace for Biodynamic Products

Waste management and recycling

Revolutionize waste management in Egypt with tech-enabled solutions aligned with national goals for sustainability and innovation.

Example for potential issues

- Waste Management Awareness

- Circular Economy Agri-Waste Solutions

- Tech-Optimized Rural Waste Collection

Small-scale Renewable Energy

This track pioneers tech solutions for Egypt's low-carbon shift, aligning with Vision 2030 and promoting sustainable practices in renewable energy.

Example for potential issues

- Renewable Energy Efficiency

- Renewable Energy Storage

- Green Hydrogen Production

Halting Desertification

This track seeks tech solutions for desertification in Egypt, aligned with the National Action Plan, emphasizing environmental impact and economic sustainability.

Example for potential issues

- Climate Change Modeling

- Agriculture Expansion

- Promoting Soilless Farming

Food Waste Recycling

Develop tech solutions for efficient recycling in the supply chain. Use sensors, monitoring, and smart packaging to repurpose organic waste, promoting a circular economy and reducing the environmental impact of food disposal.

Example for potential issues

- Limited Waste Management Infrastructure

- Cultural Practices and Attitudes

- Affordability and Accessibility of Technology

Environmentally Friendly Food Packaging

Explore cost-effective methods for sustainable food packaging to support eco-friendly practices in the industry.

Example for potential issues

- Closed-Loop Recycling Systems

- Supply Chain Transparency and Traceability

- Waste Collection and Sorting Efficiency

Application Criteria

Application Process

Open Call
December 12th

Call Closes
March 16th

Finalists Announcement
March 25th

5-day offline boot camp
April 21st

Final ceremony
June 2nd & 3rd

Financial and Technical Support

Join the UniGreen Climate Change Competition for a shot at winning incredible total pool of financial and inkind support
totaling 2 Million EGP.

This total value will be distributed among 7 winners, providing them with a combination of support and valuable services, such as financial support, technical mentorship, and other essential resources to fuel their success.

Don’t miss this chance to make an impact and claim your spot among the green innovators.

First Place
up to 850,000 EGP

Second Place
up to 535,000 EGP

Third Place
up to 435,000 EGP

Fourth Place
up to 235,000 EGP

Fifth Place
up to 135,000 EGP

In addition to: The Egyptian Food Bank Winners

The Egyptian Food Bank has strategically partnered with the Unigreen National competition, offering two specialized tracks: ‘Food Waste Recycling‘ and ‘Environmentally Friendly Food Packaging‘. Within this collaboration, the EFB will extend funds and support to a total of two winners for those tracks, based on the applied idea or prototype. Notably, this support is distinct from the allocated 2 million in support designated for the first five winners.

Meet our Partners

Funded by

European Union (EU)

Led by

Life Makers Foundation (LMF)

Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport
(AASTMT)

Facilitator

Nilepreneurs (NP)

Technology Partners

Nile University (NU)

Samsung

Strategic Partner

Egyption Food Bank

Government Partners

Ministry of Environment

Ministry of Higher Education
and Scientific Research

Ministry of Social Solidarity

The National Alliance

Frequently Asked Questions

A project Funded by the European Union, empowers Egyptian youth to address climate change challenges. The project fosters collaboration among universities, the private sector, community organizations, and the government. UniGreen supports youth-led entrepreneurial solutions with technical and financial aid, aiming to enlarge their role in climate change mitigation. Through policy advocacy and community-based learning, interested youth contribute recommendations. UniGreen also focuses on mobilizing youth groups and empowering civil society organizations within universities, promoting their active participation in climate change efforts. The initiative educates and raises awareness among teaching assistants, students, and professors, building capacity for climate action within the higher education system.

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mitigation
    • As of 2022, Egypt contributes 0.6% of global emissions, with energy, transport, and industry sectors accounting for 80% of its emissions. The track seeks innovative solutions to accelerate Egypt’s progress in meeting its climate commitments and reducing emissions from key sectors.
  • Biodynamic Agriculture
    • Biodynamic agriculture, originating from Rudolf Steiner’s teachings in 1924, combines organic practices with holistic and esoteric principles. Farms are considered living organisms, and practices aim to enhance plant vitality through dynamic interactions. In Egypt, this method has gained traction but mainly for export markets, with 70% of biodynamic products exported globally, especially to Europe and the US.
  • Waste Management And Recycling
    • In the realm of waste management and recycling, Egypt faces substantial challenges, with significant amounts of solid waste generated annually. The issue is two-sided. Both waste collection and waste recovery/recycling have to be addressed in the context of Egypt. Waste collection remains to be a huge problem, especially in rural areas. In Egypt, the collection rate has been around 60% for urban areas and less than 30% for rural areas, which are a bit lower than the average of similar countries. This means that about 40% of the waste generated in urban areas is either accumulated in the streets or in illegal dumping sites, while the majority of waste in rural areas gets burned or disposed of in other unsustainable ways.
    • In all cases, the waste recovery rate (through recycling and other means) does not exceed 12%, resulting in serious environmental impacts.
  • Small-scale Renewable Energy
    • • Egypt is on a trajectory towards sustainable and renewable energy, and is cognizant of the need for a sustainable energy mix to both address increasing demand, and to move to a more environmentally sustainable and diverse electricity sector. With ambitious goals outlined in the Egypt Vision 2030 and the 2035 Integrated Sustainable Energy Strategy, the country aims to increase the share of electricity generated from renewable sources to 42% by 2035, compared to less than 20% in 2022.

 

  • Halting Desertification
    • With more than 95% of Egypt’s area being desert, desertification poses a significant threat, driven by factors such as climate change, unsustainable farming, overgrazing, and mining. The consequences of desertification worldwide extend beyond ecological impacts, with an estimated 50 million people facing displacement within the next decade.

The SDGs are the abbreviations of “Sustainable Development Goals” designed by the United Nations with the aim of achieving a better future, sustainable for all. They are collectively 17 Goals. In this challenge, we are focusing on 4 SDGs.

Judges will evaluate the applicants’ ideas and prototypes, shortlist them, and choose the winners according to the judging criteria that take into consideration factors like the problem urgency and team competencies.

The competition is funded by the European Union, led by Life Makers Foundation and Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, in collaboration with SamsungNile University and governmental partnerships & facilitated by Nilepreneurs.

Join the UniGreen Climate Change Competition for a shot at winning incredible total pool of financial and inkind support
totaling 2 Million EGP.

This total value will be distributed among 5 winners, providing them with a combination of support and valuable services, such as financial support, technical mentorship, and other essential resources to fuel their success.​

Don’t miss this chance to make an impact and claim your spot among the green innovators. ​

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