The Impact Maker Awards is a global platform where impact makers and change architects, corporates and the capital community connect to generate positive impact.


As an integral part of the Xynteo Exchange, the Impact Maker Awards will unearth fifty ground-breaking, unconventional and bold market-based solutions, from all corners of the world, and connect them with the some of the most forward thinking leaders and organisations in the world to achieve maximum impact – human and commercial.


From solving one of the largest silent epidemics – the brain haemorrhage, to removing plastics from the oceans, eradicating malaria, designing carbon-negative green houses or providing healthcare services to the disenfranchised communities of South Africa, last year we were fortunate to have been joined by a bold group impact makers from all corners of the world. Join us too!



Each year, together with some of the most forward-thinking organisations, we distil the toughest human problems into several Impact Challenges. Fifty unconventional and bold solutions – The Xynteo Fifty Impact Makers – will be selected to join us for our annual Xynteo Exchange in the heart of the Nordics – Oslo – one of the most business-friendly cities in the world and the fastest growing city in Europe.


We are now finalising our first Impact Challenges together with Yara the world’s leading fertiliser company and Nordea the largest financial group in Northern Europe. And, over the coming month we will be revealing additional Impact Challenges. Stay tuned as we will soon announce the new challenge and open submissions.


We are creating a tribe of remarkable organisations and individuals to scale impact in an unprecedented way! Beyond impact entrepreneurs, whether you are a global company, a foundation, a VC or government agency, if you want to help solve some of the worlds’ biggest challenges by supporting outstanding Impact Makers, we’d love to hear from you.


Join us to host an Impact Challenge, sponsor or contribute to an Award, support an impact maker or simply join our tribe.


Connect with João Sousa to learn more about it.


Read about what Impact Makers are already doing.



To encourage all forms of innovation, there are no restrictions with respect to the size, location or maturity of the solutions we are accepting. We are open for submissions from scale and growth ventures to early-stage start-ups that are working towards solving one of our challenges, are commercially viable, and technically feasible.

We are strong advocates of diversity and fierce believers on the efficiency of ‘local-solutions for global challenges’ approach. Therefore we actively incentive female founders and local entrepreneurs to submit their solutions.


The selected 2019 Xynteo Fifty Impact Makers will be able showcase and pitch their solutions at the Exchange Marketplace to a mind-blowing tribe of 500+ business leaders, policy-makers and innovators (check the main Exchange page for the latest on this year’s participants), find mentorship, meet with potential partners, pursue funding from the Nordic investing community and compete to win the Impact Maker Award – 50000EUR grant. A select number of applicants will receive financial support to cover the travel costs and be part of the Xynteo Exchange Innovation Trek – a half-day programme, organised together with Innovation Norway, that will take international entrepreneurs through Oslo innovation scene and connect them with fellow innovators and Norwegian investors.


We evaluate the solutions as they are submitted.

The solutions will be evaluated according to a 7-point criteria, by Xynteo and the Impact Challenge Ambassadors. In parallel, as part of the selection process we will look for diverse and interlinked solutions across the value chains of the challenges.

  • We are looking for bold, unconventional solutions that are a breakthrough or big improvements from existing ones | Creativity
  • Your solution must have high potential to help solve a human need related to one of our Impact Challenges | Goodness
  • Does your solution to have high potential to scale. Is it timely? Does it have high longevity and profitability potential? If it’s B2C, is it accessible and affordable to as many of the potential beneficiaries as possible? | Scalability
  • Is your solution technically achievable? Does the technology exist? Is there technical know-how to make it happen? | Feasibility
  • You (and your solution) need to clearly benefit from exposure, mentorship, investment, and network you could get from participating in the Xynteo Exchange. | Readiness
  • Do you have the right team on board to execute and make it a success. | Human Power
  • Are you conveying the message in a simple and yet clear and compelling away? | Presentability

As an integral part of the Xynteo Exchange, the Impact Maker Awards will be happening on 9-10 of October in Oslo, Norway. Submission will end by the 25th of August and the finalists will be announced by 2nd of September.