5th January 2020.





Lead 2030 Challenge SDG 9- Supported by Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered is proud to support the Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 9. It will focus the challenge on target 9. Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises, in particular in developing countries, to financial services, including affordable credit, and their integration into value chains and markets.

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They are looking for solutions that creatively address the need to grow access to banking & financial services to support, in particular, trade and SMEs. In doing so, solutions will be characterised by how they support:

  • Communities: growing the economic vibrancy of communities of entrepreneurs and businesses in and across our footprint.
  • Networks: connecting communities & ecosystems through commerce, information and communication.
  • Participation: creating engagement and mobilisation for the purpose of sustainable development and prosperity.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Banking & financial services.
  • Industry and innovation.
  • Networks and Communication.
  • International Development.
  • Entrepreneurship.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

12 Months.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Aligned: Evidently aligned with the SDG9 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: Readily available, in or past implementation phase.
  • Impactful: Solutions must have a positive social impact, for example generating employment, or developing skills.
  • Measurable: Impacts of solutions must have been 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 perform as well or better after expanding in scope or size and/or being transported to other regions.
  • Charitable: Solutions must be registered as non-profits/charities or delivered through a registered non-profit/charity.

Opportunity Cost


  • A US$50,000 grant from Standard Chartered.
  • 12 months of mentorship from a team of Standard Chartered professionals. The mentorship team will work to accelerate your solution based on the needs of your initiative or organisation, such as:
    • Business strategy.
    • Best practices for data collection.
    • Monitoring and evaluation.
    • Product design.

How to Apply

First Step: Fill in the required Application Form, then ”Submit”.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Hesham Galal / Egypt

Reviewed by” Manar Khattab/Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team