North Sea Sustainable Innovation Challenge: Sustainable innovations for a post-covid recovery

Are you passionate about having impact locally and in the region? Do you have a creative idea for solving social, economic, environmental or heritage challenges? Would you like the opportunity to work in a team to take your ideas to the next level?

If the answer is to these questions is yes, then start or join a team of like-minded people and enter the North Sea Sustainable Innovation Challenge. This is organised by the PROWAD Link project, with the overall the aim of enhancing the sustainable development of the North Sea Region. We are especially interested in ideas – big and small – that will enhance the protection and revitalisation of the region’s natural and cultural value and it’s the communities.

The competition is open to anyone with a great idea. You could be a team of students, an entrepreneur, a small and medium enterprise, or just someone with a passion for sustainable development.


Join our bootcamps

We also want to help you improve your ideas before submission and will be running bootcamps throughout the region in February and March. Bootcamp dates to be announced soon. To express interest or sign-up, drop us an email.


Guidelines and entry requirements

Your submission for a sustainable innovation can stem from social, economic, environmental (nature) or heritage perspective, or a blend of these linked to challenges in the region.

Entry requires the submission of an outline of your idea using the submission form, which needs to be uploaded by the 31st March be judged by our specialist panel. The documents should be submitted via email (

The outline should include:

  • A summary of your idea in 250 words.
  • How it generates social, environmental, economic or heritage impact, and for who.
  • What help you think you need to further develop the idea.
  • Short biographies of team members.



Submissions will be judged on the following criteria. Judging panel to be made up of senior project members and additional stakeholders and experts:

  • Level of innovation of the idea (20%).
  • Degree of social, economic, environmental and heritage impact (15%).
  • Inclusion of excluded groups and communities (women, indigenous, disabled, etc.) or low-income populations (5%).
  • Scalability potential (15%).
  • Financial sustainability for the next 3-5 years (15%).
  • Capacity of the Applicant and strategic partners (15%).
  • Viability of execution and risks (15%).


For the winners

Up to 5 ideas will be selected from the submissions. These teams will receive bespoke support from the PROWAD Link project to help them take their idea further. This could include:

  • Business coaching
  • Business modelling development and support
  • Marketing support and budgets
  • Branding training
  • Networking and links to regional funding schemes


Schedule and programme

  • Bootcamps in February and March at various locations in the Prowad Link pilot regions
  • Deadline for submission of ideas 31 March 2022
  • Announcement of winner 14 April 2022