Social Science Researcher; based in New Delhi, India; exceptionally strong candidates in other cities in India, or locations where BFA Global has an office or presence may also be considered – Nigeria, Kenya, Mexico, Colombia, or the US (Boston)
Dassault Systemes: Shape the World of Tomorrow Challenge, inviting students from all over Europe, with a focus on Northern European countries, to design innovative solutions that solve some of today’s biggest sustainability challenges using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
Logrono, ecoembes, TheCircularLab: Circular Urban Challenge, a European competition between startups linked to the field of circular economy in which the best solutions are sought to address specific challenges that affect cities.
Siemens: Green factory co-creation challenge, identifying the most impactful opportunities in manufacturing where Siemens can support or partner to achieve more sustainability; the sectors include sustainable manufacturing, circular economy (EV battery recycling), sustainable procurement.
Enterprise Singapore: Sustainability Open Innovation Challenges for Startups and SMEs building a brighter future for the planet; sectors: sustainable materials, waste management, and many more.
Enactus World Cup: showcasing elite sustainability projects designed by university students from 37 countries.
Programs and Accelerators:
UNDP, Impact HUB: Accelerate2030, a global program supporting entrepreneurs from developing and emerging markets to scale their solutions towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Climate Changes Hub: Startup Pilot Program, looking for Startups working in environmental sustainability; startups are expected to set up an office in the Comunidad Valenciana Digital District.
Sociedade Ponto Verde: digital open innovation program, focused on circular economy and digital disruption of packaging waste.
Accenture, World Economic Forum: Circulars Accelerator ’22, an action-oriented, a six-month accelerator program for early-to-growth-stage companies developing innovations towards a more circular economy.
Circular Valley: Circular Economy Accelerator for all start-ups with business concepts for the circular economy; the accelerator takes place in Wuppertal.
gener8tor: accelerating and Investing in Sustainability Tech Startups; while this program will be virtually held, parts of the program may be held in Chicago, Illinois if safety permits.
Startup Wise Guys: Sustainability Accelerator, meant for B2B startups with solid and passionate teams, global ambitions, and the power to execute; online and offsite format for startups from anywhere.
IMPACT KOMMONS: an accelerator for tech startups that have a combination of sustainability and business viability values.
Impact Club Accelerator: accelerating the creation of measurable social impact within the focus themes (SDGs), incl.sustainability.
Venice Sustainability Innovation Accelerator: VeniSIA Accelerator, a 7-month online program including the following phases, to support companies to identify, through an international call to action, and engage the most qualified researchers/start-uppers to carry out the sustainability.
Future Hub: Open Innovation Sustainability Accelerator, a kickstarter for startup & enterprise co-creation; five sustainability and GreenTech areas; geography: Baltic countries.
The Difference Incubator: accelerator programs designed to help businesses at all stages of growth to set themselves up for long-term sustainability and social or environmental impact across the world.
Toyota and ISDI: Toyota Startup Accelerator program, looking for innovative solutions in the startup ecosystem that work in the fields of comprising Circular Economy of Plastics and Life Cycle Footprint Ecosystem.
RaiseV: Startup Accelerator Programs and Corporate venturing Programs focusing on the convergence of the top influential technologies – IoT, AI & Blockchain – and four focus areas that ought to benefit from it, incl.circular economy.
100Accelerator: an accelerator for innovative solutions that have the ability to scale quickly and make a significant impact on one or more of the challenge areas (incl.circular packaging).
World Fair Trade Organisation, European Union: Small but Perfect, an accelerator programme of mentoring, funding and showcasing that connects fashion businesses across borders by encouraging transnational collaboration and transition to circular and sustainable models.
Global Portfolio Value Creation Fellow, Location: Americas (Seattle, Washington DC, San Francisco, New York, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Mexico DF, Santiago And Miami Are Preferred Cities) Or Bangalore, India Or Nairobi, Kenya)
Project Portfolio Manager, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Exceptionally strong candidates in locations where BFA has an office or presence may also be considered – Colombia, India, Mexico, Nigeria, or the US
SPRING: IMPACT Startup Visa Accelerator for purpose-driven entrepreneurs seeking to anchor their business in Canada (the next cohort kicking off in January 2022).
Omdena: AI Incubator, the only AI development program in the world exclusively for startups and impact ventures (next available start date: February 17th, ‘22).
Euclid Network: Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise Initiative, celebrating women in the social enterprise sector, spotlighting their impact journey and achievements, connecting them to learn from and inspire each other (the list will be released on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2022 and will be celebrated with an award ceremony at EN’s Impact Summit on the 24th and 25th March 2022).
XPRIZE: Carbon Removal, a four-year global competition for innovators and teams from anywhere on the planet to create and demonstrate solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans ultimately scaling massively to gigaton levels, locking away CO2 permanently in an environmentally benign way (applications accepted through Earth Day 2025).
Visa Foundation and Village Capital: Greentech Europe 2022 initiative, a new project dedicated to supporting gender diverse ventures creating sustainable economic, environmental and social solutions across Europe (the program will launch in November).
One10: Activate and Amplify virtual accelerator, enabling purpose-driven people to shape and scale startups for positive social and environmental impact.
Transformational Business Network: Business Continuity and Recovery (BCR), an intense 6-month program and mindset-shifting experience, with personalised support from experienced entrepreneurs, investors, content experts and powerful business tools; geography: Kenya and Uganda.
Kindle VC: mentorship (incubator/accelerator) and EIR support for startups in US and India; the focus sectors include agritech and social impact.
MovingWorlds: S-GRID, New Social Enterprise Support Program, helping social enterprises build revenue partnerships with the corporate sector to become more integrated into global value chains.
Catalyst Fund: Inclusive Fintech Accelerator, supporting early-stage innovators in emerging markets who are building affordable, appropriate and accessible inclusive fintech solutions designed for the world’s 3 billion underserved.
HortiHeroes: startup programs for food & flower startups.
StartLife: accelerating food & agtech startups with lasting impact in Europe (pre-applications open).
Beamline Accelerator: climate accelerator for cleantech startups working in the fields of novel materials, agriculture, bioresources or CO2 offsetting (January 16th).
Kellogg-Morgan Stanley: Sustainable Investing Challenge, an annual competition for teams of graduate students from around the world to develop and pitch creative financial approaches to tackle pressing social and environmental challenges (January 16th).
African Union: Civic Tech Fund, a pan-African competition that aims to accelerate innovative civic tech initiatives that have the potential to lead to citizen-led transformative action across the African continent (January 16th).
EU Industry Days: Pitching Contest, welcoming all business ideas that support the transition to a sustainable, digital and resilient economy (January 18th).
MIT: Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge, designed to spark a sense of agency in young people aged 24 and under, encouraging, inspiring, and supporting them to become problem-solvers in their communities and the world (January 18th).
MIT: IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge, an annual social entrepreneurship program enabling MIT student-led teams to apply their education and expertise in collaboration with community partners to address social and environmental challenges around the world; team members can be recruited from anywhere in the world (January 19th).
Grow F: a 3-month online accelerator program that supports highly innovative and scalable female-led ventures; eligibility: startups from Europe and beyond (January 20th).
Tourban: Sustainable Urban Tourism Acceleration Programme, calling European SMEs in the tourism industry (January 20th).
Enterprise Singapore: Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge 2021 – Round 2, the third edition of the challenge with challenge statements in key sustainability areas such as sustainable materials, waste management, and many more (January 24th).
MediaFutures: looking for artists and startups eager to reshape the media value chain through innovative, inclusive and participatory applications of data and user-generated content (January 27th).
SPARTA: Cybersecurity Hackathon to identify and design solutions to some of the recurring problems or come up with entirely new solutions which would take cybersecurity to the next level (January 27th).
Impactionable: Social Innovation Competition, providing a cash prize, mentorship, and community to aspiring social entrepreneurs around the world (January 27th).
Smart Cities Connect: Smart Cities Startup Challenge for startups to bring new technologies and solutions to cities, defense, and national security to help solve major challenges including transportation, health, energy, resiliency, security and climate change (January 28th).
Startupbootcamp in partnership with Telecel Group: ASIP Accelerator, looking for the next generation of African startups disrupting industry sectors including AgriTech & Supply Chain, IoT & Connectivity, Machine Learning (Data Analytics), Cybersecurity, Clean Tech and RegTech (January 28th).
Sente: FoodTech: Health & Wellness, investing in early-stage startups with novel ingredients, snacks, packaging and technology that can meet the needs and desires of an ever-evolving consumer landscape (January 31st).
Sente: Industrial Circular Economy, an investment program to support the next generation of industrial, sustainable technologies (January 31st).
ProVeg Incubator: supporting pioneering companies that are developing disruptive alternatives to animal-based products and services (January 31st).
Mentor Capital Network: helping mission-driven entrepreneurs build companies that will be socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable: business plans review, detailed feedback, mentorship (January 31st).
Ashoka: Making More Health Accelerator, Pilot and Scale-up phases; geographical coverage: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda (January 31st).
African Union Development Agency-NEPAD: Home Grown Solutions Accelerator for Pandemic Resilience, an Acceleration programme focusing on growth and mature stage African healthcare companies, conceptualized in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in a realization of the potential of local private sector solutions to strengthen the continent’s pandemic resilience (January 31st).
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