Nominations are now open for the 2024 WSA Global Contest

Are you ready to showcase your digital innovation to a global audience?

Starting on the 15th of May, WSA is accepting nominations for the 2024 Global Contest. The contest gives participants a chance to pitch their solution to a global network of national experts, building valuable connections in the process. The winners will get win the chance to join WSA in Hyderabad India for the 19th WSA Global Congress. This will give winners the chance to:

  • Connect with likeminded people including partners, investors, and fellow impact entrepreneurs
  • Join the knowledge society of thought leaders, innovators and stakeholders in a community that fosters collaboration over competition
  • Access unique opportunities through WSA's global network
  • Learn globally and act locally - get to know specialists solving similar problems to you, and transfer their learnings to your local ecosystem

How to participate

WSA doesn't accept submissions. To enter the Global Contest, you have to be nominated by a WSA National Expert in your country. National Experts are members of the WSA network who have a good understanding of the local startup and impact ecosystems. To be considered, applicants must either:

  • Contact their local National Expert
  • Submit their project to a local contest: the National Experts often host local contests to collect submissions

Contact your National Expert View national contests


  • May 15, 2024: WSA will be accepting nominations starting on this date
  • October 15, 2024: This is the deadline - WSA will no longer accept nominations after this date
  • November 2024: The Online Jury will evaluate the nominations to select the shortlist
  • January 2025: Shortlisted solutions will be announced
  • February 2025: The Grand Jury will evaluate the shortlist to select the winners
  • April 6-9, 2025: Winners will be presented and awarded at the WSA Global Congress in Hyderabad, India

Learn more


Before you dive in, make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules and guidelines for nominations.

  • All solutions must be submitted through the local National Expert
  • All solutions must be submitted through the appropriate category
  • Deadlines may vary locally depending on the National Expert
  • All submissions must be market ready - no drafts, prototypes, demonstrations or unfinished projects
  • All submissions must be digital solutions aligned with the UN SDGs
  • If the majority of your team is under 26, consider applying to the Young Innovators Award instead
  • Check out the Rules & Conditions for a more comprehensive guide

Contact the WSA team for questions