Questions & Answers


Common Questions & Answers

The list below gives you answers to some frequently asked questions. For any other other questions, please email [email protected]

Can students from different universities be on the same team?

Yes, students from different universities can form a team and submit an application. As part of the application process, make sure to indicate each student’s university and graduate programmes.

What are the eligibility requirements to submit an application?

To be eligible to participate in the Climate Investment Challenge, students must be a current postgraduates (Masters or PhD-level) at any university during the 2020/21 academic year. Students must form a team of two to five students in order to participate. 

Undergraduates may participate as part of a team with a lead applicant that fits the eligibility criteria above. 

Can you clarify each stage of the competition?

1Students form teams of 2 to 5 graduate-level students from any university, develop a climate finance idea and produce a concept note.

  • Stage 1: Students complete online registration and submit concept note by February 21, 2021. Semi-Finalists are announced March 8, 2021.
  • Stage 2: Semi-finalists are invited to submit a detailed slide presentation by March 28, 2021. Finalists are announced April 18, 2020.
  • Stage 3: Finalists pitch their ideas in front of an expert judging panel on May 27, 2021 at Imperial College Business School in London (exact date TBA).
What does a concept note look like?

A Concept Note template has been provided in the “Apply” submission page for students to download and submit.

Does my proposed idea need to answer all of the evaluation criteria questions?

No, your proposed idea does not need to answer all of the evaluation criteria question. The evaluation criteria is only intended to be taken as guidance and ‘directional’. Because every idea is unique, only some of the criteria questions may be relevant to your proposed idea. As part of the Concept Note submission, we do not expect your application to answer all the questions.

I’m not sure my climate finance idea is valid for the competition?

If your idea addresses climate change and its impacts in some way, then you are probably on the right track and we want to hear your idea. There is no right or wrong answer.

In general, proposed ideas could (1) identify new and innovative climate finance opportunities, (2) propose approaches to increase the mobilisation of public/private capital in climate investments, or (3) introduce innovative financial instruments, project structures, frameworks or facilities focused on climate investments.

Are ideas limited to a number of sectors?

Proposed ideas are not limited to any particular sector. But, if you need some guidance, we would recommend exploring climate challenges and opportunities in one of the following; energy, healthcare, infrastructure, industry, transportation, agriculture, telecommunications, water, information technology and natural resources (e.g., forestry, oceans, etc.), among others.

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