MIPIM - The Global Urban Festival
10-14 March 2025
Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France

Giving young voices a platform

The MIPIM Challengers initiative creates space for the next generation of real estate professionals to bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to the industry, while promoting the values of diversity and inclusion.
Through empowering young people and giving them a voice to influence decision-makers and industry leaders, we advocate for youth, growth and equitable change.
Each year, we select 16 professionals under the age of 30, to fully participate in MIPIM in Cannes, with free entry passes, accommodation and support, plus dedicated sessions and events to platform their views and network with the real estate community.
By building a community of fresh thinkers and future leaders, MIPIM Challengers enriches the sustainability debate while adding value to the wider industry.

2024 cohort of MIPIM Challengers

After an inspiring essay competition addressing global urban development challenges, with over 150 entries from 20 countries submitted, we proudly welcomed our 15 Challengers at MIPIM 2024.

They dived into a full programme of events, panels, and networking at MIPIM. Following a workshop hosted by UNESCO Ambassador, Guila Clara Kessous, they pitched the best ideas to an expert panel of senior leaders in property development and investment.

What will happen at MIPIM 2025 for Challengers?

Training Workshop by Guila-Clara Kessous  

A collaborative two-hour closed-door session focused on mastering public speaking and captivating your audience. In groups of four, participants will learn from the accomplished Guila-Clara Kessous, gaining valuable skills to enhance their presentation abilities.

Networking Event for Young Professionnals up to 30 years old

Join us for a networking cocktail for industry professionals up to 30. This event provides a unique platform to connect with peers in a relaxed and elegant setting. Expand your network and share insights with the next generation of leaders in the industry.

Challengers Conference

A one-hour conference, open to all MIPIM attendees, for the Challengers to present their ideas and solutions, offering a glimpse into the future through the eyes of those who will shape it and the views of experienced industry leaders.              

Included for MIPIM Challengers

Dedicated communications and webinars before and during MIPIM

A complimentary pass for MIPIM, access to conferences and events

A dedicated programme at MIPIM

Stay for 3 nights at a hotel close to Cannes with free shuttle service 

They support the MIPIM Challengers

Nicolas Kozubek
MIPIM Director
Jury Member

The MIPIM Challengers initiative empowers young trailblazers with solutions for global urban development's pressing issues and encourage the industry to create a better urban landscape for future generations."

Annette Kröger
CEO Europe, PIMCO Prime Real Estate
Jury Member

This is a very exciting initiative from MIPIM that allows our future industry leaders to come together and address the challenges we are currently facing. I am looking forward to reading the solutions proposed in their essays and meeting the 15 Challengers at MIPIM 2024."

Muyiwa Oki
RIBA President
Jury Member

MIPIM Challengers is a hugely important opportunity to give the leaders of tomorrow the chance to drive genuine change today. I am proud to be part of this initiative and supporting the next generation in having their voices heard and improving the diversity and strengths of the built environment sector."

Guila Clara Kessous
Unesco Ambassador
Training Partner

I am proud to support the MIPIM Challengers, a vibrant force of young visionaries shaping the future of urban development with their innovative ideas and boundless determination."

Ask us anything

To be eligible, applicants must work in the built environment sector, be under the age of 31 years as of March 30, 2025, and have not attended MIPIM in the last 3 years. Essay answers must be in English.

Furthermore, entrants must secure permission from their employer to attend MIPIM in 2024. It is essential to note that all events during the program will be conducted in English.

We ask you to please read the MIPIM Challengers' Terms & Conditions prior to submission.

The jury will look for essays that exhibit:

  • clear understanding of the problem
  • originality
  • critical thinking
  • a global perspective
  • a call to action

  • Applications will open early September 2024
  • The 16 challengers will be announced in December 2024
  • Participants are required to attend 3 informative webinars scheduled between January and March
  • Participants will attend MIPIM, in Cannes (France), from March 11 to March 14, 2025

Every MIPIM Challenger will receive a complimentary MIPIM pass, granting access to all the events, exhibitions, and networking opportunities.

We will also provide accommodation near Cannes from Tuesday to Friday, along with a convenient shuttle service to the Palais des Festivals.

Participants are required to attend 3 informative webinars scheduled between January and March. Each webinar, lasting between 30 to 45 minutes, will provide crucial insights, key information, and relevant content to empower and prepare our Challengers for their impactful journey at MIPIM.

Participants are also required to attend dedicated sessions at MIPIM, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Please send an email to [email protected].