Forbes Under 30 Impact Challenge

Forbes and Echoing Green is partnering with The Rise Fund to host the first-ever Under 30 Impact Challenge. The competition is open to creative entrepreneurs around the world, under the age of 30, who are driving positive social and environmental impact through successful for-profit enterprises. The winning business will receive up to $500,000 in value and will be awarded at the fourth annual Forbes Under 30 Summit on October 2, 2017, in Boston.


The winning company will qualify for up to $250,000 in value from The Rise Fund and its affiliates on mutually agreeable investment terms. Forbes will offer $250,000 in an in-kind media grant, bringing the total value to $500,000.

The Rise Fund invests in companies that create positive impact at scale through their core business operations, such that financial success and meaningful social and environmental impact reinforce one another. Echoing Green catalyzes the impact of emerging social innovators, identifying leaders early in their career and investing in their success by providing seed funding, leadership development, hands-on support and networking opportunities during their fellowship and beyond.

Submissions will be accepted from August 17, 2017 to September 6, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by Forbes, The Rise Fund, and Echoing Green. Finalists will pitch their businesses to The Rise Fund and Echoing Green teams during the week of September 18, 2017, and a winner will be awarded by Cheryl L. Dorsey and Bill McGlashan at the Forbes Under 30 Summit on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Applicants must be under 30 and the businesses must be in a growth phase, with two full 12-month periods of generating revenue above $100,000 in each period and/or $1 million in cumulative revenue since inception. Businesses must operate in one or more of the following seven sectors: education, energy, food and agriculture, financial services, growth infrastructure, healthcare or TMT (technology, media and telecommunications).

You may review the submission form in PDF here. However, all entrants must complete and submit the online form. Paper or PDF submissions will not be accepted.

About the Partners

The Rise Fund is a global fund committed to achieving measureable, positive social and environmental outcomes alongside competitive financial returns—what we call “complete returns.” The Rise Fund is managed by TPG Growth, the global growth equity and middle market buyout platform of alternative asset firm TPG. TPG Growth Founder and Managing Partner Bill McGlashan, U2 lead singer Bono, a well-known activist and a special partner with TPG Growth, and Jeff Skoll, a global entrepreneur, film producer, and impact investor, co-founded The Rise Fund. They were joined by a group of influential thought leaders with a deep personal and professional commitment to driving social and environmental progress, who came together to form the Founders Board. The Rise Fund’s impact objectives are designed to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Rise Fund targets investments in education, energy, food and agriculture, financial services, growth infrastructure, healthcare, and TMT (technology, media, and telecommunications) companies that deliver complete returns.

Echoing Green identifies tomorrow’s transformational leaders today. Through its Fellowships and other leadership initiatives, Echoing Green spots emerging leaders and invests deeply in their success to accelerate their impact. Echoing Green has been ahead of the curve for 30 years, supporting visionaries around the world who are transforming economies, racial and gender equity, environmental sustainability, and more. Echoing Green’s unparalleled community of talent consists of more than 750 innovators including the founders of Teach For America, City Year, One Acre Fund, SKS Microfinance, Public Allies, and more. The organization provides seed-funding and leadership development to a new class of Fellows every year and welcomes them into its lifelong community of leaders.

Echoing Green accelerates talent that will change the world for the better. For more information, please visit

Forbes’ Under 30 franchise is a global multichannel platform, which comprises 30 Under 30 lists featuring young global game changers published in print and online all over the world; live summits in the U.S., Asia and Israel; an Under 30 channel on; and a Forbes Under 30 app. To access Forbes magazine’s 2017 30 Under 30 list, please visit:

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Sandra Chinedu

Chinedu Sandra is an Entrepreneur within the I.C.T space and loves blogging. She is on the Honour list of GEM, a World Bank Project for start-ups in Africa.

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