4YFN Impact Awards 2021

We celebrate the top startups that are making our world a better place.

The period to submit applications ended on the 24 March at 5pm GMT

The 4YFN Impact Awards is the GLOMOs category aimed to find the best digital startups around the globe that are making a positive impact by getting us closer to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Who can apply?

We are looking for startups that are disrupting technology while actively solving one or more SDGs.


● Startups already incorporated and duly registered with no more than five years of existence

● Startups from any sector, related with digital technologies.

● Startups solving one or more UN Sustainable Development Goals

Read full Rules of Entry and Terms & Conditions

Global Judges

Following eligibility screening, a panel of industry experts and investors will select five finalists following criteria such as impact, innovation, scalability

Meet the judges

Margarita Albors


at Social Nest Foundation

Taryn Andersen

Co-Founder & CEO 

at Impulse4women

Kawtar Zerouali

Regional Innovation Advisor


Jenny Fielding

Managing Director

at Techstars

Ignacio Fonts

Managing Partner

at Inveready

Isabel Hernández Ruiz

Co-Founder at AWASI

Martin Karanja


at GSMA Innovation Fund & Ecosystem Accelerator

Luisa Rubio Arribas

Head of Wayra X, Telefónica

Andy Lurling

Founding Partner

at LUMO Labs

Anindya Saha

Entrepreneur and Founding Partner

at NERO Ventures

Juan Alvarez De Lara Cabrera



Huseyin R Demirhisar

Co-Founder and CEO

at BiD Network



● Pitch on main stage

● Media coverage and onsite visibility

● Pre-event private virtual pitch in front of C-Level and investors

● Pre-event mentoring powered by Social Nest Foundation and tech2impact

● Complimentary MWC Barcelona 2021 passes

● Invite to 4YFN VIP Dinner


● Exhibition space for 4 days at 4YFN Barcelona 2022 

● Interview with Mobile World Live broadcasted to all MWC audience 

● Dedicated article on 4yfn.com 

● Participation on the GLOMOs Ceremony

Guidance on submitting for the 4YFN Impact Awards

Giulia Motteran, 4YFN Global Engagement Manager, explains what the 4YFN Impact Award are, how they work and who can apply.


13 January 2021

Applications Open

24 March 2021 5pm (GMT)

Applications deadline

3 May 2021

Finalists announcement

30 June 2021

4YFN Impact Awards finals & ceremony