4YFN Impact Awards 2021 – Rules of Entry


GSMA 4YFN Event Management, SL (hereinafter “Organizer”), organizes the “4YFN Impact Awards” (hereinafter “Event”) in the framework of 4YFN Barcelona.

4YFN is an event focused on promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the mobile ecosystem. A wide program of conferences, workshops, pitches and expert meetings are offered, designed to cater to all the needs of the mobile entrepreneurial environment. The Event will gather the best mobile industry leaders, successful entrepreneurs and digital experts along with renowned accelerators, incubators and investors.


The 4YFN Impact Awards is a global startup competition aimed to find the best digital startups around the globe that are solving one or multiple United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will take place in the framework of 4YFN at MWC Barcelona 2021.  


The 4YFN Impact Awards finale will take place during 4YFN Barcelona 2021. Five (5) Finalists will be invited to pitch on stage during the Awards ceremony. After the pitches, the winner (hereinafter, “Winner”) will be decided by a secret ballot by jury members and will be announced on the stage at the end of the session. From among the Finalists, only one startup will be the overall winner.


These ‘Rules of Entry’ as set forth here for the 4YFN Impact Awards 2021 (the “Rules of Entry”) incorporate the Awards General Terms & Conditions (the “Terms”) located here . The Rules of Entry shall govern in event of a direct conflict. By submitting an entry to the Awards, You agree to be bound by the Rules of Entry and the Terms.

HOW TO JOIN THE 4YFN IMPACT AWARDS (application process)

To enter the 4YFN Impact Awards, eligible entrants must provide accurate information and upload their projects using the form available at the 4YFN Impact Awards website (www.4yfn.com), in compliance with these Rules of Entry the Terms and according to the instructions set forth in the Website. Any individual or organization that submits information or a project in connection with the 4YFN Impact Awards is an applicant (hereinafter, “Applicant”). An entrant is an Applicant whose submission is deemed in compliance with all of the Organizer’s terms and instructions, and is therefore accepted for competition by the Organizer (hereinafter, “Entrant”). All terms contained herein which reference the Applicant continue to apply should the Applicant meet the criteria to become an Entrant. All materials submitted by Applicant to the Organizer in relation to the 4YFN Impact Awards constitute the entry (hereinafter, “Entry”).

Participation in the 4YFN Impact Awards constitutes Applicant’s full and unconditional agreement to these 4YFN Impact  Rules of Entry and the Terms and decisions of the Organizer, which are final and binding in all matters related to the 4YFN Impact Awards. Winning a prize is contingent upon Applicant fulfilling all requirements set forth in these 4YFN Impact Awards Rules of Entry and the Terms.

Once the Entry is received, the Organizer will notify the jury members and verify that the entry was received in compliance with the 4YFN Impact Awards Rules of Entry and the Terms, or if further information or clarification is required. The jury members, with the support of the Organizer, will review all validly submitted entries and make a final determination of the Entrants that will be invited to the Event as Finalists.


All Entries will be screened for eligibility in line with the following criteria:

  • All required application forms are submitted in English and prior to the announced deadline.
  • Entries are submitted by startups already incorporated and duly registered with no more than five years of existence (early-stage ventures).
  • Submitted Entries must be related to digital technologies.
  • Representatives must have high-level English language skills, as the competition process will take place in English.

Following eligibility screening, the Finalists will be selected by the jury members. The jury will use the following criteria in selecting the Finalists:

  • Ventures from any sector, related with digital technologies.
  • Innovation: extent, uniqueness, proprietary rights and centrality of the project.
  • Scalability and potential for growth
  • Impact: solving one or more UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Fit: with the team, the initial markets, the resources available
  • Potential for financial return
  • Ventures do not contradict GSMA values, initiatives and principles 


Registration period

The 4YFN Impact Awards registration is open from January 13th 2021 and closes March 17 2021 23:00 CET (the “Registration Period”). Entries sent outside the Registration Period will not be accepted or considered.

The Organizer reserves the right to extend, modify or cancel the application process or Registration Period. Any change will be posted on the 4YFN website and communicated to Entrants.

Selection process

Following the closing of the Registration Period, the projects will be screened for eligibility by the GSMA team. Projects deemed eligible will be analyzed by the jury members who will choose the Finalists.

Finalist announcement

The Finalists will be contacted on May 24th 2021. The Organizer will contact the selected -finalists via message through the e-mail address provided on the entry form informing the Entrant of its selection. The prospective finalist must expressly agree to become a Finalist of the 4YFN Barcelona Awards. 

If the prospective finalist does not agree to become a finalist within two (2) days of the notification email, the Organizer will disqualify said Entrant. Organizer reserves the right to select another finalist at that time. The Organizer reserves the right to extend the said confirmation period of two (2) days at its own discretion.

A prospective finalist may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release of Liability and, unless prohibited by law, Publicity Release. If a prospective finalist cannot be contacted within the specified time, fails to respond within the specified time of two (2) days, fails to sign and return the required documentation (if applicable), or has not properly completed the items required for entry, the prospective finalist forfeits all rights in and to the prize and the Organizer shall be entitled to select an alternative finalist. Acceptance as a Finalist and receiving a prize are contingent upon compliance with these Rules of Entry and the Terms.

The public announcement of the finalists on the 4YFN Barcelona 2021 website will take place on May 24th 2021.

4YFN Barcelona Awards Finals and Finale

The finals and finale of the 4YFN Impact Awards will be held during the 4YFN Barcelona 2021 event. 

Finale: During 4YFN Barcelona 2021, the Finalists will pitch their entries in the main stage in the finale in front of a live audience that will include investors, business executives, entrepreneurs, government officials, and the general public. All individuals entering 4YFN Barcelona are required to meet all terms of entry, including acceptance of the 4YFN Barcelona Attendee Terms and Conditions and any other requirements from the Organizer.

After the pitches, the Winner will be decided by a secret ballot by jury members, and will be announced at the stage at the end of the session.

The Organizer reserves the right to modify these rules, amend the terms applicable to the 4YFN Impact Awards, cancel and/or change the date and time of the 4YFN Impact Awards shows. Any such changes will be communicated on the Website.


The 4YFN Impact Awards designate prizes for the Winner and Finalists. Prizes are subject to change at the discretion of the Organizer. Any changes to prizes will be updated on the website.

Each Finalist will receive the following:

  • Pitch Opportunity at the main 4YFN Stage 
  • Complimentary passes for  Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2021**
  • Meet international press for promotion of the finalists projects
  • One dedicated highlight article on 4YFN website during 4YFN Barcelona 
  • Mentions on Social Media and Newsletter
  • Invite to the 4YFN VIP Dinner

The Winner will receive the following:

  • Free Startup Booth for 4 days at  4YFN MWC Barcelona 2022 
  • Pitch Opportunity at the main 4YFN Stage during 4YFN Barcelona 2021
  • Meet international press for promotion of the winning project
  • Interview with Mobile World Live broadcasted to all MWC audience
  • A dedicated article as a winner published on 4YFN website and included in newsletter and across social channel
  • Mentions on Social Media and Newsletter

*Exhibition at 4YFN Barcelona is subject to the acceptance of and compliance with the 4YFN standard exhibition terms and conditions, and all directions and requirements of the event organizer as may be provided from time to time.

**Entry to any event, including 4YFN or GSMA events, is contingent on acceptance of and compliance with the relevant event’s applicable attendee terms and conditions, and all directions and requirements of the event organizer as may be provided from time to time.

All federal, state, and local taxes associated with receipt of any prize or benefit and all other costs and expenses associated with the acceptance and use of a prize or benefit shall be the sole responsibility of the recipient. All prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either expressed or implied. Prizes are not transferable to any other person or organization in whole or in part, redeemable for cash or substitutable except by the Organizer.  The Organizer reserves the right to substitute prizes of comparable or greater value or to remove any prizes without providing a substitute prize, at its sole discretion. All prize details (including without limitation, method and location of delivery of the prize, brands and other variables) are at Organizer’s sole discretion.

The Organizer reserves the right to award no prize if the submitted Projects do not meet the minimum criteria for quality.

The Organizer may, but is not obliged to, modify or include additional prizes that will be updated at the Website, if any. Organizer’s obligations regarding award of the prize shall conclude when the prize is awarded to the applicable recipient.

The prizes are subject to these Rules of Entry and the Terms, and will not be replaced by cash. The prizes are subject to modification only at the discretion of the Organizer. If a Finalist or Winner rejects a prize, no alternative gift will be offered. Each prize is personal and not transferable. The sale or marketing of prizes is prohibited.

Without limiting in any way the consumer rights recognized by any applicable regulations, the Organizer is not liable for the negligent or illegal use of any prize by a Winner or Finalists.

Prizes may be subject to additional terms and conditions of the third party providing the gift or prize.  The Organizer is not liable or responsible for any restrictions or limitations that may prohibit a recipient from being eligible for, or able to accept or use, any prize.  Further, in the event a recipient is not eligible for, or able to accept or use a prize, no alternative gifts or prizes will be provided. 


Entries must be the original work of the Applicant and must be entered by either an individual of legal age or a team, with no size restriction, provided each member is of legal age. The identity of each individual must be capable of verification through official documents (ID, passport, driving license, business documents, etc.) which will be provided to the Organizer immediately on request.

Each Applicant, including members of teams, may enter a maximum of one time. Applicants must have access to the Internet as the 4YFN Impact Awards can only be accessed online. Applicants must provide a valid e-mail address. Where an Applicant submits more than one entry, only the last submitted entry will be considered.

No individual who has taken part in organizing the 4YFN Impact Awards or is an employee of Organizer or its affiliates nor any family members, ascendants, descendants, spouses or domestic partners of such individual, may submit an Entry.

By entering the 4YFN Impact Awards, Applicants represent and warrant that the Applicant holds all right, title and interest in the Project, that the information contained is accurate and complete, and that by submitting the Project to the Organizer Applicant is not and will not be violating any contract or third party rights including any patents, copyrights, trade secrets, proprietary or confidential information, trademarks, or rights to privacy including personal data. The Organizer shall not be liable for any violation of any rule or third party rights by Applicants, and Applicants assume the obligation to hold the Organizer free of liability in such an event. The jury reserves the right to disqualify any Project that, in its sole judgment, violates the letter or the spirit of the 4YFN Impact Awards Rules and Regulations, guidelines, processes and rules of the 4YFN Impact Awards. The jury members’ decisions are final and binding.


The 4YFN Impact Awards finale pitches will be held in Hall 8.1 of Fira Gran Via. 


In order to participate in the final, all  Finalists must attend the conference events scheduled from June 28th to July 1st 2021. The details of these events will be communicated to the  Finalists sufficiently in advance. 


Each Applicant agrees to:

  • Attend the Event if selected, make a public presentation of their business plan, and participate in the informal presentations and discussions with interested parties at the designated place;
  • Follow all of the 4YFN Impact Awards Rules of Entry, the Terms and instructions of the Organizer, and accept the Organizer’s decision; and
  • Meet all deadlines.

Any failure to meet deadlines or comply with the procedures expressed in these 4YFN Impact Awards Rules and Regulations will disqualify the Applicant/Entrant from the 4YFN Impact Awards. Similarly, any misrepresentation, fraud or infringement of intellectual property or third parties rights, will result in immediate disqualification, and, if applicable, the obligation to return all prizes.


The Organizer may publish any and all information submitted by the Applicant (including but not limited to all Project materials and fields requested in the application form that do not contain information of personal nature) at any time, in any media and for any reason, including without limitation, publishing Project materials or the publication on any of its websites or any social networking website, or in any advertising or promotional campaign.

Applicant hereby grants a non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable, for the maximum period of validity in each territory, transferable, worldwide license to the Organizer to use Applicant’s Project, logo, and contact information for any purpose, including without limitation for advertising and promotion of Organizer’s activities.

Additionally, by entering, Applicant authorizes the Organizer to:

  • capture Applicant’s image, voice and/or statements during the Event as well as during any prior or subsequent act which is directly or indirectly related thereto;
  • reproduce and/or fix the above, in whole or in part, on audiovisual, video -graphic, photographic or paper, among other forms;
  • use for promotional purposes the image (including the voice and name) and the Project of the Applicant, through any method or medium that the Organizer deems appropriate (including, by way of illustration and not limitation, brochures, newspapers, magazines, books, and Internet), all without geographical or temporary limitation.


By participating, Applicants agree to: (i) be bound by these 4YFN Impact Awards Rules and Regulations and the decisions of the Organizer, which are final and binding in all matters; and (ii) release, discharge and hold harmless Organizer, GSMA Ltd. and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies, and their respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents, attorneys and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all claims and liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind resulting from the acceptance, possession or use of a prize (including any injuries resulting from use of a prize) or participation in the 4YFN Impact Awards to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

Rules/Winner’s Lists: For a copy of the 4YFN Impact Awards Rules and Regulations, please contact us on [email protected] 

Disqualifying Acts: Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the 4YFN Impact Awards or who are in violation of these 4YFN Impact Awards Rules and Regulations, as solely determined by Organizer, will be disqualified and their entries deemed void. Any attempt to damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the 4YFN Impact Awards is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt occur, Organizer reserves the right to seek damages from any such Applicant to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Trademarks: Organizer will grant to the Winner a royalty-free, non-exclusive, revocable license to use and reproduce the “4YFN Impact Awards Winner, 2021” logo solely for a term extending for one (1) year from the date of the Awards finale. All resulting goodwill shall vest in Organizer or its licensors. The winner shall comply with any guidelines for the use of the Organizer trademarks issued by Organizer. Winner acknowledges and agrees that title to the Organizer trademarks shall remain vested in Organizer and/or its licensors at all times. Winner shall indemnify Organizer for any loss which Organizer suffers as a result of a claim by a third party arising out of improper use of the trade marks in breach of this licence by the Winner. Winner warrants that all Organizer trademarks will be accurately replicated. The use of Organizer trademarks is granted exclusively to the Winner and may not be assigned to a third party without the prior written consent of Organizer. Organizer’s trademarks shall not be used again for any purpose whatsoever without written authorization from Organizer. The Winner will immediately stop using the Organizer trade marks at the earlier of (i) the request of Organizer, or (ii) the date that is one year afer the date of the Awards finale.