Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, concentrates 2 out of every 5 inhabitants of the country. It has 1.3 million inhabitants who live in an area of ​​530 km2.

In 2017, the Municipality of Montevideo created the Executive Unit for Resilience. This Unit, in collaboration with Resilient Cities Network, implemented a participatory process with stakeholders from different sectors of the city to design the Resilience Strategy. The main challenges identified through the process were:

As a result, the Montevideo Resilience Strategy has the following axes:

– Connected and dynamic city

– Inclusive and supportive city

– Innovative and co-creative city

– Committed and prepared city

Impact Montevideo Challenge

In 2020, the Municipality of Montevideo, Resilient Cities Network,  Avina Foundation and the IDB-Lab, with the support of Citi Foundation, opened the call for the Impact Montevideo Challenge.

The challenge focused on Economic Reactivation based in a circular model to support the economic recovery as a response to the economic impacts of the global pandemic of COVID-19. This was an opportunity to reactivate the economy fostering a circular economy that minimize the shocks and stresses of Montevideo as a city that depends of imports.

The challenge was launched in August and shared in the social networks of the participating organizations.

The eligibility criteria for the challenge were:

Competition: Specific proposals based on new projects, forms of implementation, methodologies, products, or innovative technology, to foster economic reactivation during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as contribute to circular economy of Montevideo.

Scope: Individuals and/or legal entities, in collaboration with companies, universities, foundations, NGOs and other stakeholders of entrepreneurship and innovation, without distinction of gender, ethnicity, race, age, etc.

Type of solutions:  Solutions in idea phase, designed, or implemented as pilot project. They must present a clear definition of ​​the problem, an implementation strategy, a budget plan that covers the expenses, and information on the sustainability of their proposal and its ability to replicate and scale.


More than 50 registered initiatives


Finalist initiatives that received mentorship


Winner initiatives!

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Arenas de Vidrio

Arenas de Vidrio initiative explodes the potential of the glass and uses it in the construction sector.

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