About the Challenge

As we face the critical challenge of climate change, the Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 13, proudly supported by Deloitte for the third consecutive year, aims to empower individuals to address and prepare for a changing climate. In collaboration with Deloitte’s strategic initiative, WorldClimate, this challenge seeks to encourage innovative solutions that not only reduce the impacts of climate change but also empower others to take meaningful action.

Why Climate Action Matters

The global community must seize the opportunity presented by the ongoing recovery from the pandemic to reevaluate and reshape our approach to environmental issues. By adhering to the goals of the Paris Agreement, we can collectively work towards a sustainable future, fostering healthier ecosystems, reducing emissions, and minimizing pollution.

Deloitte is committed to playing a crucial role in addressing climate change, both within the organization and in the broader community. Through WorldClimate, Deloitte aims to set higher standards, empower its professionals, and connect with the wider ecosystem to create solutions that facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Challenge Criteria

In alignment with Deloitte’s commitment to climate action through ecosystem engagement, the Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 13 seeks scalable, youth-led solutions that:

  • Reduce the impacts of climate change and/or empower others to act on climate change.
  • Address root causes of the issue.
  • Demonstrate the ability to drive impact and potential to scale.
  • Collaborate with others to accelerate or broaden impact.
  • Utilize innovative approaches.

The challenge is open to young people from social enterprises, non-profits, or community organizations, with projects based where Deloitte has a presence.

Solutions We Are Looking For

We are searching for bold solutions that contribute to at least one of the following areas:

  1. Actively contribute to carbon reduction, carbon sequestration, and/or the transition to clean, renewable energy.
  2. Support or empower local people undertaking climate action to improve their community, strengthen resilience, and limit the effects of climate change.
  3. Promote meaningful collaboration across stakeholder groups, advancing climate change solutions and resilience measures.
  4. Support initiatives that develop job skills, improve educational outcomes, and provide access to opportunities within the green economy.
  5. Limit the negative human, environmental, or societal impacts brought on by climate change.

Challenge Criteria for Applicants

To be eligible, projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Aligned: Evidently aligned with the SDG13 challenge.
  • Youth-led: Founded by a person aged 18 – 30.
  • Focused: Well-structured time horizon, identified key stakeholders and beneficiaries, and proposed outcomes that are reasonable and well thought out.
  • Proven: Solution is readily available, being piloted, implemented, or scaled.
  • Impactful: Solutions must have a positive social impact, generating educational outcomes, employment opportunities, or developing skills.
  • Measurable: Solution’s impact in society must be adequately measured and/or be measurable.
  • Financially viable: Must be able to achieve efficiency and to survive independently through the resources they generate and/or the investments and donations they attract.
  • Scalable: Potential to grow impact after expanding in scope or size and/or into other regions.
  • Technologically feasible: Must rely on proven or readily available technology (if technology is relevant to the solution).

Prize and Timeline

Applications Close: 1 March 2024


  • Sponsorship to participate in the One Young World Summit 2024.
  • A US$50,000 grant from Deloitte.
  • 12 months of mentorship from a team of Deloitte professionals and partners, focusing on business strategy, best practices for data collection, monitoring and evaluation, and product design.


  • 1 April 2024: Shortlisted candidates confirmed and invited to interview.
  • Mid-April 2024: Candidate interviews.
  • 15 April 2024: Challenge winners confirmed.