Important information: postponement of just IMAGINE if… 2020 final

Due to the current situation with COVID19 and the potential health risk associated with the virus,  Durham University and just IMAGINE if… founder, Paul Lindley, have taken the decision to postpone the final of just IMAGINE if… 2020, which includes events scheduled for 30 March and the days following.

We plan to reschedule a date later in the year but will base our decision on the latest advice and guidance from health experts and university officials. 

We are sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment this might cause but we know it is the right decision for the wellbeing of all involved.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the competition so far – your time and energy has not been in vain and we will update the website with a new date as soon as we can. 


just IMAGINE if… is an annual international social enterprise and innovation competition supporting ideas that tackle our global challenges with over £100,000 worth of university research and business support. It exists to drive social, economic and environmental change in the world through helping small ideas become big realities. If you have an idea to address one of the global challenges, read on…

just IMAGINE if…everyone had healthy food to eat every day.

just IMAGINE if…there was a safe home for everyone to sleep in every night.

just IMAGINE if…everyone had the opportunity to receive as much education as they wanted.

just IMAGINE if… is an international innovation competition, open to anyone across the globe who has a business idea which tackles at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 goals include clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, and gender equality.

just IMAGINE if… 2020, hosted by Durham University and its founder Paul Lindley, launched on 25th November 2019 at Durham University Business School. The competition is open until February 2nd, after which ten finalists will be chosen. The ten finalists will receive support from One Young World and assigned counsellors, to prepare their pitches for the final at Durham University on 30th March 2020. 

The winner of just IMAGINE if… 2020 will be announced at the Gala Dinner at Durham Castle on the evening of 30th March 2020.

The winner of just IMAGINE if…2020 will receive research and business support from Durham University, and from our sponsors, together worth over £100,000. For the full details of the prize, please see our Prize page.

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