Everyday we check on the web the best events for startups to make our companies aware of all the best networking opportunities available. Moreover, our friends and partners daily suggest us workshops and contests that our startup might be interest in. This is how we found out of this great opportunity... On 14 April 2015, UNECE will host the first time ever startups’ event the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The event will show-case how innovative entrepreneurial talent can contribute to address today’s social and environmental challenges, through new groundbreaking ideas that can become successful business. It will take place in the context of the 2015 UNECE session (Geneva 14-16 April) a high-level inter-governmental gathering, where delegates of 56 Member States, will commit to actions to advance the sustainable development agenda in the region in the years to come. If you want to take part, you can send your idea by 28 February 2015! They are looking for innovative ideas and new solutions for sustainable development goals in a wide range of fields directly related to our work. They are interested not only in products and technologies but also in social innovation and new ways of doing things. They are looking for innovative ideas and new solutions for sustainable development goals. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, for example:


Forests, e.g. innovative use of forest products, including non-wood products like food, medicine or fashion, and use of forest spaces


Housing, e.g. green and affordable housing, housing solutions with a positive social impact (including for special groups like students or the ageing), urban design for sustainability, low cost solutions for low energy housing, urban design for sustainability.


Trade, e.g. low cost solutions for products tracking and tracing; applications to facilitate international trade.


Energy, e.g. smart energy consumption habits, zero emission energy sources, smart applications for energy efficiency; small scale production of renewable energy.


Food e.g. cost effective, environmentally friendly and healthy methods to preserve fresh fruits and vegetables.


Transport, e.g. road safety, smart urban mobility.


Environment, e.g. recycling and circular economy projects, measurement of environmental footprints, public participation in environmental decision making.


Statistics, e.g. the use of “big data” in sustainability projects. Finalists will be invited to present their proposals at the UNECE Ideas for Change Award at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Delegates from 56 Member States, together with the Expert Jury, will vote for the three best proposals and an official award ceremony will be held during the session. Winners will receive an official Award Certificates during the 2015 UNECE session.