How to apply

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



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


How to apply

  • Write a mail to the WSA office to be introduced to your WSA National Expert. Your National Expert will guide you through the local steps needed to apply for the WSA.
    Some countries also offer application through a national contest or other forms of application.
  • Your solution will be reviewed and evaluated by the WSA National Expert if it meets the eligibility criteria and standards of the WSA. After careful evaluation, the WSA National Expert will decide if they wish to nominate your solution for the WSA, based on innovation, local impact, quality and content.
    If your solution is nominated in one of the WSA categories, your WSA National Expert will enter your data in the WSA Contest Database. Please make sure to provide your WSA National Expert with valid contact data.\
  • Upon nomination, you will receive a confirmation email inviting you to complete your application. Please make sure to check your spam folder.
  • After submitting your application, you are officially enrolled in the global WSA
  • An especially assembled international Jury will then evaluate all nominated and completed solutions and choose the 40 WSA winners of the year.




  • Any company, organisation or individual from all UN and UNESCO member states can be nominated.


  • WSA is strictly restricted to digital applications with a strong benefit for society and a high local impact.
  • Nominations for the WSA can contain mobile applications, SMS based products, webpages, databases, kiosk installations, wearables, devices, IoT etc. There is no limitation regarding the platforms or channels the projects work with.
  • The projects can be max. 3 years old at the date of nomination or need to prove major updates/upgrades/innovation within the past 2 years.
  • No ideas, drafts, demonstrations or concepts are accepted, all submitted projects must be market ready or already on the market.
  • WSA evaluates and highlights the content, user value and local impact of digital solutions.


WSA database submission guide for nominations

To participate in WSA, you must fill in the application form in the WSA Contest Database after being nominated by your National Expert.

Please find below some guidelines on how you should provide this information in order to make the application easier to evaluate and process and hence promote your project the best.

Please find here also a manual to use the database.


General guidelines for your application

  • Please be short and precise and make your digital solution easy to understand. Avoid overly long sentences and uncommon technical terms.
  • You must fill in your application in English.
  • Please make sure that the URL to your solution and the email you provide works!
  • Please be aware that an international jury is evaluating your project. E.g. if your project cannot be downloaded from the app store in some countries, please make sure that you give enough information, provide screenshots or a comprehensive presentation for the jurors.
  • We advise to first do your application in a word document and then copy paste to the database for easier structuring.
  • WSA tries to keep the application as short as possible, hence we advise to fill in all fields, even if they are not obligatory.

WSA 2024 database manual Application form template for WSA database


Project information to be provided in your application:

  • Your solution and your local context 
  • Your competitors and how your solution stands out
  • The impact of your solution and how you measure it
  • The team behind your solution
  • Digital technology supporting your solution
  • Financing of your solution and your business model, when relevant
  • UN Sustainable Goals you are helping to reach with your solution

Please read the Rules and Conditions section carefully before applying. By submission of a solution, producers accept the Rules and Conditions of the WSA contest!

Contact the WSA team for questions!