Innovation Challenge



In a world where repressive regimes constantly step up their coercive game and target human rights defenders, we need to find smart solutions that enable continued human rights work globally. When you enter the Innovation Challenge (IC), you get the chance of becoming that solution. You can receive funding to turn your idea into a prototype.


The Innovation Initiative, which innovates directly for HRDs all around the world, invites you to share your idea for IC 2019.


The application process is now closed. This is the timeline for the remaining participants:



Tue 27 Nov: First round applications opened


Wed 9 Jan (midnight CET): First round applications close


Tue 22 Jan: Second round begins


Tue 12 Feb: Second round closes


Mon 25 Feb: Third round begins


Fri 15 Mar: Third round closes


Thu 11 Apr: Winner(s) announced


Previous Winners

The Innovation Iniciative is proud of our collaboration with the winners from the Innovation Challenge 2018 and 2017. Click the button below to learn more about the work that we have funded in the past. 

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