WSI Citi Foundation Inclusive Growth Challenge - 2021, SDG 8WSI

Congratulations to Winners and Finalists in the 2021 Challenge Season!

Here are the top competitors in the 2021-22 academic year NFTE World Series of Innovation.

Citi Foundation Inclusive Growth Challenge - 2021

The Challenge: Design a solution to build a more just society by closing the racial wealth gap and promoting equity through inclusive economic opportunity.


  • First Place: Luminous Teen, a teenage freelancing platform where teenagers with passion and talents can get connected with a market that needs their services. Submitted by 18-year-old Nasif Iqbal, 18-year-old Sabrina Tasnim, and 18-year-old Aumio Sarker, and 14-year-old Ahnaf Ilman, students at Notre Dame College in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sabujbagh Government College in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wordbridge School in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Dhaka Residential Model College in Dhaka Bangladesh respectively. See their video here.
  • Second Place: Seattle Trims, a nonprofit dedicated to providing complimentary haircuts and resume preparation to unemployed individuals in the Seattle area. Developed by 18-year-old Cameron Sandoval, 16-year-old Michelle Wu, 18-year-old Meghan Reiner, and 17-year-old Kevin Shao. Students at Mercer Island High School in Mercer Island Washington, Arcadia High School in Arcadia, California, Jserra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California, and Mountain View High School in Mountain View, California respectively. See their video here.
  • Third Place: Education$Go, a website that provides personalized scholarship opportunities to under resourced students through connections with existing school district student portals. Developed by 16-year-old Angelina Lezcano, student at Coral Gables Senior High School in Coral Gables, Florida. See their video here.


  • Resume Your Way, nonprofit website that provides resources and professional resumé writing support for young Black professionals. Developed by a team from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, California. See their video here.
  • Fi.Ho., an online platform that aids South Korean migrants find housing and employment. Developed by a team from Branksome Hall Asia in Seogwipo, South Korea. See their video here.
  • Quacking the Case, a tutoring app designed to enable peer-to-peer support for students in underprivileged communities. Developed by a team from Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California. See their video here.
  • Little Sunshine Daycare, an affordable daycare with extended hours to help families decrease childcare costs. Developed by a team from Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, Minnesota. See their video here.
  • Diversifyin’ Out, a yearlong free afterschool mentorship program for high school POC and undocumented students. Developed by a team from Galileo Academy of Science and Technology in San Francisco, California. See their video here.
  • League Anatomy, a community-based selling platform to increase access to affordable sporting equipment. Developed by a team from San Leandro High School in San Leandro, California.
  • Supplementary Education, a nonprofit organization with a goal of providing disadvantaged Black American high school students with the opportunity to reach their full academic potential. Submitted by a team from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, California.

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More Challenges

6 Clean water and sanitationBank of the West Fresh Water Action Challenge

Bank of the West

sdg 6

Promote ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle water.

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8 Decent work and economic growthCiti Foundation Future of Work Challenge

Citi Foundation

sdg 8

Empower young people with the tools for the future of work

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15 Life on landEY Accelerating Environmental Sustainability Challenge


sdg 15

Protect, restore, or promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.

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11 Sustainable cities and communitiesLink Logistics Green Buildings Challenge

Link Logistics

sdg 11

Helps buildings become more environmentally sustainable or promote the use of green building materials

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14 Life below waterMary Kay Global Oceans Conservation Challenge

Mary Kay

sdg 14

Conserve and/or protect the world's marine ecosystems and coastal communities.

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4 Quality educationMastercard Financial Education Challenge


sdg 4

Promote, educate, or increase access to financial literacy in your community.

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13 Climate actionMaxar Climate Mapping Challenge


sdg 13

Use maps and satellite imagery that helps communities understand and adapt to the impact of climate change.

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3 Good health and wellbeingMetLife Foundation Good Health and Well-Being Challenge

MetLife Foundation

sdg 3

Promote equitable access to physical and/or mental wellbeing in your community

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7 Affordable and clean energyServiceNow Carbon Killer Challenge


sdg 7

Reduce carbon emissions in local communities.

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13 Climate actionZuora Subscription Economy Challenge


sdg 13

Advance sustainability through innovation in the Subscription Economy

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