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.
Zlata Shama is a 14-year-old student at the International School of Geneva. She has always loved being involved in global issues in particular sustainability, equity and social interaction, she has shown that throughout multiple school initiatives such as student council and 9innovate project. Since June 2022, she is a Villars Institute Fellow an solution-oriented nonprofit foundation to accelerate the transition to net zero economy. Zlata is following the Villars Institute & Minerva Project: Systems Leadership Program. During the summer 2023, she was nominated to be a Youth Jury at the FIFAD film festival 2023. Outside, she is also a dancer at national level.
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.
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 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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