Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme

October 22, 2020


The Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme is an initiative of Expo 2020 Dubai. The grant programme provides funding, business support and exposure to innovative solutions that benefit communities and/or the environment. The programme awards funding of up to USD 100,000 each to social enterprises, startups and grassroots projects from around the world, based on their potential to impact the environment positively and generate real social value. Expo Live is funding solutions in both developed and less developed markets, building a platform for knowledge exchange and co-creation. Entrepreneurs, SMEs, non-profit organisations and government entities are encouraged to submit their solutions for consideration.

Innovation Impact Grant Programme

Funding novel and innovative solutions that make the world a better place: In addition to providing grants, Expo Live showcases global innovators in the Expo Live Pavilion, connecting them to an international network of participating nations, and global businesses, as well as many millions of anticipated visitors. Over the course of the programme, applications have been assessed by over 40 evaluation committee members.

University Innovation Programme

For university students aiming to solve global problems that affect the region: To incentivise creative thinking and collaboration between university students to solve problems relevant to the UAE and the region, Expo Live awarded grants and provides exposure to networking opportunities. This helped to accelerate the development of viable innovations and ingenious concepts to validation and prototyping, on the path to creating commercial applications.


  • Innovation: Make Expo 2020 Dubai an engine of global innovation that both inspires and acts as a catalyst for creative and scalable solutions.
  • Partnerships: Establish a network for collaboration between nations, organisations and innovators via shared global challenges.
  • Impact: Create tangible and quantifiable impact to improve the lives of people around the world by supporting the development and transfer of new solutions.
  • Engagement: Engage participants and stakeholders by ‘Connecting Minds’ to support solutions across Expo’s subthemes.