The Earth Prize is an environmental sustainability competition open to teenage students everywhere.
Every participant in The Earth Prize will engage with original bespoke materials and get personalized mentorship from university students. They will also have the opportunity to interact with our world-renowned Ambassadors and showcase their solutions to a global audience.
The winning solution will have real-world impact potential, and the winning team will receive $100,000 (from a $200,000 total prize), to be split between their school and the team members.
The Earth Foundation was founded in 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland, to inspire, educate, mentor, and empower students, schools, researchers, and young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to tackle environmental challenges. Through its initiatives The Earth Foundation strives to build its very own ecosystem.
Channeling youth enthusiasm. Supporting schools. Promoting research. Empowering change-makers. Creating opportunities. Building a network of inspiration. All to create a self-perpetuating ecosystem that accelerates positive change towards environmental sustainability.
Diversity. Commitment. Experience. Passion. Everything you would want in a leadership team.
Karen Wilson is the Founder of GV Partners and an expert on innovation, entrepreneurship, finance, sustainability and impact measurement, working with private sector firms, international organizations, foundations and academia. She is an Associate Fellow at Said Business School at Oxford University and a Senior Advisor on Sustainability and ESG at the Institute for Strategy at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, where she is also a Visiting Lecturer. She has a Bachelors of Science from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
The Earth Prize Mentors are university students who are passionate about sustainability and entrepreneurship and looking for an opportunity to share their knowledge. Mentors will contribute to the development of students’ innovative project proposals by offering them guidance on their ideas and answering their questions. The Earth Prize 2023 will now recognize three mentors with The Earth Prize Mentor of the Year award. The three best mentors, as voted by the competition’s Participants, will receive a $5,000 prize each.
The Earth Prize Ambassadors are inspiring individuals with a strong passion for environmental sustainability, eager to spread the word about The Earth Foundation initiatives. These Ambassadors will also provide The Earth Prize Finalist teams with advice and guidance ahead of their presentation to the Adjudicating Panel.
Matteo Markel is a 16 year old student at the International School of Zug and Luzern in Switzerland. From a young age, he was interested in science and solving environmental issues using technology. He is passionate about carbon reduction and the sustainable systems shaping the future. Matteo worked on the Aquaponics System at ISZL, a project where waste from a fish tank is recirculated to plants which grow and clean the water for the fish. In 2020, he won a grant from the IB and the change-maker association Ashoka. Currently, he is committed to helping ISZL achieve their goal of carbon neutrality by 2027. Looking ahead, Matteo plans to take science courses about ways to balance economic growth with positive social and environmental goals.
The Earth Prize is always looking for volunteers passionate about environmental sustainability to help us empower young talents around the world and to drive positive impact.
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