Innovation Impact 
Grant Programme

Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme is led by Expo 2020 Dubai. The programme aims to fund novel and innovative solutions that encapsulate the spirit of Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme: ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. The focus areas for funding are Expo’s three subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

The Innovation Impact Grant Programme will award injection funds of up to USD 100,000 to support the growth of social enterprises, startups and grassroots projects from around the world whose solutions generate real social value.

Submissions open twice a year.The programme provides funding to both developed and less developed markets, building a platform for knowledge exchange and co-creation.

The programme calls for individual entrepreneurs, SMEs, non-profit organisations, or government-related entities to submit their solutions, which should be at a demonstration and implementation stage.

Applicants with demonstrable projects are encouraged to participate.

Grant amounts will depend on:
  • Maturity and scalability of innovations
  • Scale of impact in the subthemes and at grassroots level
  • Capacity to implement and grow

Our Evaluation Committee


Our Global Innovators are selected by an evaluation committee composed of Expo 2020 Dubai partners and other experts.

Global Innovators


Expo Live’s Innovation Impact Grant Programme provides funding and exposure to innovative prototype-level solutions that are benefitting communities and the environment around the world.

To date, the programme has attracted more than 2,300 applications from 136 countries. Following a rigorous evaluation process, Expo Live has a community of 45 Global Innovators from 30 countries.

Grantees from the third cycle will be announced this year.

What type of
innovations are
we looking for?

The programme not only seeks to identify advanced technological solutions, but also to extend the impact of simple solutions at grassroots level to improve people’s lives.

what do
we provide?

The programme will award funds up to USD 100,000 per application depending on the maturity and scalability of innovations. It’s not only about providing innovators with access to financing, successful grant recipients will also be offered the following:
Connecting innovators to an international network of participating nations, corporate partners, regional and global businesses, as well as many millions of anticipated visitors.
To increase a project’s global visibility and impact, the Expo Live programme includes extensive marketing and communication exposure, and outreach programmes.
Grant recipients may qualify for additional funding that will be allocated to showcasing their solutions during Expo 2020 Dubai to an audience of many millions of visitors.


Expo Live has devised a comprehensive evaluation process that assesses applications on the following five key criteria.
Is the project
The solution, or its application, must be novel and innovative. It should inspire, capture the world’s imagination, and be ready to showcase before or during Expo 2020 Dubai.
Is the project
The project or solution needs to relate to Expo 2020 Dubai’s core theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future and the subthemes of: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
Does the project
identify the community
it impacts?
The community should be clearly identified and the current and intended impacts need to be measurable.
Is the project
ready for implementation?
It should be ready for demonstration and/or transition-to-scale implementation. Additional funding will support the innovation through its journey to scale.
Is the business plan
well conceived?
The applicant must have the capacity to implement the project, and the requested grant amount must be reasonable and proportionate to the anticipated impact.

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