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Inspiring the next generation of STEM talent

Use our expertise to support the next generation of STEM innovators and help young people start their own STEM businesses.

About the Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge

The Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge is an international ideas competition to unite and support young people in developing world-changing business solutions to social and environmental problems. SThree has stepped up as a partner for the challenge and launched the STEM prize.

The competition brings together innovators, aged 18-30, and their ideas, that relate to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The non-profit group, Social Shifters aims to build a global community of social leaders while contributing to the UN Sustainable Development goals.

We're delighted to have the opportunity to use our expertise to support the next generation of STEM innovators and help young people build their own STEM enterprises.

Gemma Branney - Head of ESG
“From climate change to life-saving vaccines, we work every day to bring skilled people together to help develop solutions for some of the most complex problems facing the world. This challenge is helping to kick-start new STEM based social ventures, developing the STEM talent pipeline and showing people a STEM career is one with purpose." Gemma Branney, Head of ESG, SThree

Meet the finalists and their social enterprise ideas

The STEM prize finalists showcased their ideas at the Social Enterprise World Youth Forum on Monday, 27 September. The WayPoints team have been announced as the winners and Metacarpal as runners-up - they'll receive $10,000 and $5,000 worth of funding from SThree to kick-start their social venture. 

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24 September 2021

Providing access to medical testing through mobile and logistics technology

This health tech start-up uses mobile and logistics technology to provide access to medical testing, including COVID-19 in rural Nigeria.

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24 September 2021

Improving mobility and quality of life through 3D printed prosthetics

Improving mobility and quality of life through 3D printed prosthetics

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24 September 2021

Digitising water utility operations to reduce water shortages in Africa

How the WayPoints team developed software that brings water utility operations in Africa into the 21st century.

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24 September 2021

Tackling bacterial diseases in agriculture and beyond

The Uniphage team are hoping their innovative STEM business concept will create platform technology to cure bacterial diseases in agricul...

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24 September 2021

Alleviating single-use plastic in the fast food sector

A team of students from India developed sustainable food packaging to reduce the amount of plastic packaging being produced

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24 September 2021

What if you could turn single-use face masks into clean energy?

Living Energy are hoping their innovative STEM business concept will turn our global single-use plastic problem into a clean energy source.

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24 September 2021

Transforming the construction market with a low-carbon alternative

A team of young entrepreneurs from India have developed a low-carbon alternative that could transform the global construction market.

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24 September 2021

Who knew cows loved the salty taste of seaweed?

Based in the UK, a team of students have developed a cow feed that uses seaweed to reduce the amount of methane entering the atmosphere

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