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Weekly Digest #19 – Hackathons, Pitch Competitions, Incubators, Accelerators, Funding Opportunities for Impactpreneurs (June 2-16)

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Weekly Digests (upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs: programs, fellowships, challenges, pitch events, bootcamps, incubators, accelerators, funding opportunities)

Latest digests & Resources for your impact startup opportunities

Impact Investing Platforms & 600+ Global, Regional and National Impact Investors

Series of blog posts ”Learning and Funding Resources for Impact Entrepreneurs”, ”Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs”

Applications open / No specific deadline:

AI for Good Innovation Factory: Monthly Pitching Sessions and Follow-up Accelerating Programs to help start-ups grow and scale their innovative AI-powered and SDG-driven solutions, by providing them with opportunities of business matchmaking, mentoring, fundraising and more.

Omdena: AI Incubator, the only AI development program in the world exclusively for startups and impact ventures (next available start date: July 21st).

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).

Miller Centre for Social Entrepreneurship: Women’s Economic Empowerment Accelerator for entrepreneurs working on women’s economic empowerment and/or climate resilience because of your outsized impact on eliminating poverty.

Global Innovation Fund: accepts applications working in any sector in any developing country on a rolling basis with no deadlines or rounds of funding.

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: TRANSFORM Support Hub, connecting social enterprises with corporates, peers, learning content, and a global community of pro bono professionals to deliver market-based solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals.

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).

ygap: finding, accelerating and supporting the growth of impact ventures led by local entrepreneurs around the world who deeply understand the unique challenges of their communities and are best placed to develop solutions; locations: you can apply in Kenya, South Africa and Australia.

Upcoming deadlines (June 2-16):

TED: Fellows Program, recognizing people at work on future-shaping ideas, offering them tools to amplify the power of their vision.

Patchwork Collective, ICONIQ IMPACT, Lever for Change: Maternal & Infant Health Award, offering $10 Million to improve Maternal & Infant Health outcomes around the world (June 2d).

Astellas Oncology: C3 Prize for anyone that can think of innovative solutions beyond medicine that can meaningfully impact the lives of cancer patients and their loved ones including ideas that address some of today’s most pressing issues such as mental health, caregiver support, and health equity (June 3d).

Thought For Food: TFF Challenge, an agri-food-tech innovation challenge for solutions addressing the prevailing question: How do we feed 10 billion people on a hotter planet? (June 3d).

D-Prize: seeding new ventures that distribute proven poverty interventions (June 5th).

Jack Ma Foundation: Africa’s Business Heroes Competition,  aiming to identify, support, and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs who are making a difference in their local communities, working to solve the most pressing problems, and building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future (June 6th).

AstraZeneca: Young Health Programme (YHP) Step Up!, providing grants of up to US$10,000 to help small, innovative, youth-focused non-profits develop and deliver effective health promotion programmes – with an emphasis on under-resourced and marginalised communities in low- and middle-income countries (June 8th).

Hivos: GreenWorks Program, creating sustainable business and job opportunities for more than 9000 young women and men in the green economy in North Africa; target countries: Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia (June 15th).

Stay tuned on Linkedin and Twitter for more useful resources and updates on online programs, fellowships, awards, competitions, incubators, accelerators.

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Weekly Digest #48 – Remote Impact Jobs (global, regional, multiple countries)

Remote Impact Jobs

Weekly Digests (fully remote paid impact jobs – global, regional, multiple countries)

Digest #49 (in progress)

Previous weekly digests and Resources for your remote impact job search

List of Impact Employers with Multiple Openings (global, regional, multiple countries)

ANYWHERE

A few openings @EDGE Funders Alliance

Data Manager

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

Senior Programme Officer

Senior Communications Manager: strategic comms and brand, сandidates can be based in any country in which they have the legal right to live and work and where HelpAge is able to employ and pay them legally

Senior Manager, Knowledge Management, Global, Remote home-based (must be able to work 9.00am to 1.00pm EST, USA)

Director, Portfolio Impact; can be based anywhere in the world, but this person must be willing to have some daily working hours overlap with US time zones

International Climate Director; open to all candidates globally (potential office co-location in Brussels, Reston VA (US), and Manila.), must overlap some working hours with US-ET and Central Europe Time (CET)

Assistant Editor, Global remote position (strong preference for Americas time zone)

MULTIPLE COUNTRIES

Grants Coordinator & Development Coordinator & Scientific Outreach Coordinator, Must be able to meet with colleagues in Eastern Time (US) and European time zones most days of the week and to meet with colleagues in Pacific Time (US) a few times a week

Director, Portfolio Impact; must be willing to have daily overlapping work hours (at least 2-3 hours) with US time zones (both west and east coasts)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager; Europe: Łódź, Poland; Latin America: Sao Paulo, BrazilUnited; States: Chicago/Hoffman Estates, IL, Decatur, IL, Dayton, OH, Duluth, MN, Lafayette S., IN, Loudon, TN

Senior Consultant ESIA; can be based from any of our global locations including the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, North America and mainland Europe

Publisher, Funders and Institutions – REMOTE (*US, UK AND Berlin, Germany)

Research Officer, Analytics & Insights; Washington DC, Berlin, Brussels, or London

Technical Director SP4PHC, a strong preference for someone based in Africa or Asia

Product Manager, UTC-3 to UTC+5 (Berlin is UTC+1)

Finance Manager; can be undertaken by anyone between GMT -5 (East Coast Americas) and GMT +1 (Central European Time, West Africa Time) with a preference for candidates in the United States near a Bank of America branch location

Senior Strategic Business Development Manager & Manager, Customer Success & Counsel -University Partnerships (EMEA), any country where Coursera has a legal entity, assuming candidates have eligible working rights and a sufficient timezone overlap with their team

Communications Manager, consultancy agreements will be considered for candidates not based in the UK, where GSF is currently headquartered

Business Development Manager, flexible about where the role is based but you will be working with staff across the UK, India and the Philippines

EUROPE

A couple of openings @Mercy Corps; Africa, US, UK

A few openings @International Institute for Sustainable Development; initially based remotely, the eventual location of the Secretariat office is still under consideration but will be in Europe

Senior Business Development Manager, Bio-Innovation

CEO/CO-Founder – Non-Invasive Coronary Stenosis Detection, based in Europe with good access to major hubs

Business Analyst; based in the UK or continental Europe, other locations can be considered, if compatible with European time zones

Director of Partnerships, various locations within EU

Content Strategist

Clinical Data Project Manager

Associate Medical Director, Nephrologist, home based, Europe

Sustainable Packaging – Senior Manager, anywhere in Europe (re-location to Berlin in the future)

Europe Event Coordinator, any location in the CET timezone can be considered

Digital communications and content creator

Backend Engineer – C# (Remote, Poland, & EU), CET +/- 2

Customer Success Specialist, anywhere in a CET-compatible time zone

Programme Manager, UK or Europe

Customer Success Manager

Back End Developer

Global Clinical Trial Lead II/III, can be based in the UK and in any European country where Premier Research has an entity

EU Agriculture Transition Lead, EU/UK

Senior Policy Proposals Manager, EMEA; London, Stockholm, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich

Physician Trainer (Senior Field Clinical Specialist), Transcatheter Mitral & Tricuspid Therapies (Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Portugal)

Recruiting Specialist (m/f/d) for the DACH Region, Germany or Austria

Journalist (R&D policy news), Central and Eastern Europe

ASIA&MIDDLE EAST

Engagement Lead – Global Consortia, preference will be given to candidates who are located in APAC countries

Community Manager, based anywhere in Asia with a preference for Singapore, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia

AFRICA

Project Manager, Africa Gas Tracker

Project Leader, Western Africa

NORTH AMERICA

Impact Manager – International

Program Evaluation Manager

(Remote) Social Impact Special Assistant; a distributed, hybrid team with several colleagues working out of WES’ NYC and Toronto offices and others working virtually from other cities in the U.S. and Canada

Consultant Project Manager, Marketing & Communications – North American Region

LATIN AMERICA

Project Development Manager

Associate Director for Advocacy & External Relations, Latin America and the Caribbean, can be based in Bogotá where the regional office is established or can work remotely from another LAC country

CONSULTANCIES

Consultancy – Global Ecosystem Development Associate – Early Childhood, Education Outcomes Fund (EOF), Remote, 11.5 months

Consultancy – Global Ecosystem Development Associate – Early Childhood, Education Outcomes Fund (EOF)

Communication with Communities Consultant

Senior Change Manager – UN Refugee Agency

Consultoría EVALUACIÓN FORMATIVA EXTERNA DEL PROYECTO REGIONAL

Consultancy – Evaluation of ‘Youth Spectators’ project

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Global & Regional Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 5: Sustainability & Circular Economy Global and Regional Programs

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Weekly Digests (upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs: programs, fellowships, challenges, pitch events, bootcamps, incubators, accelerators, funding opportunities)

This is a blog post in the series “Resources for impact entrepreneurs”:  Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 5: Sustainability & Circular Economy Global and Regional Programs.

Part 1.1: Global Food & Agriculture Global Programs

Part 1.2: Regional Food & Agriculture Regional Programs 

Part 2: Global & Regional Water Programs

Part 3: Global & Regional Mobility & Transportation Programs

Part 4: Global & Regional Smart Cities & Urban Innovation Programs

Resources for your global&regional impact startup programs search

Networks & Mentorship Support:

BSR: a global network of member companies, thought leaders, peers, and stakeholders—all focused on creating viable sustainability solutions.

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability: a network of professionals to further the roles of women in growing the green economy and making a positive impact on the environment.

Global Green Connect: an integrated sustainability network that provides a business accelerator program in Asia.

Google: Startup Advisor: SDG Program, empowering an ecosystem of entrepreneurs to reach the SDGs.

Awards, Hackathons, and Competitions:

EIT Manufacturing, Whirlpool EMEA, voestalpine, and EROSKI: BoostUp! BRIDGE, seeking to address challenges and solutions under EIT Manufacturing’s flagship: Low Environmental Footprint Systems & Circular Economy for Green Manufacturing.

Global Good Awards: Sustainability Awards, run sustainably.

NCS: a hackathon to find innovative solutions for problems across three broad digital themes including Sustainability.

Unesda, Benedict Peax, Reflow, Pop-Machina: Making It Circular – Challenge 2021 for startups and social enterprises with a focus on plastics.

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.

Techstars Sustainability Challenge: equity-free challenge for startups tackling the planet’s toughest problems.

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.

Startupbootcamp: digital 3-month accelerators for high-growth tech startups; the sectors include 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.

Other helpful blog posts:

Upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs

Opportunities for Women Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 1: Learn and Grow

Opportunities for Women Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 2: Funding Solutions

Impact Investing Platforms & 600+ Global, Regional and National Impact Investors

Founder’s Bias, and Startup Lessons for Impact Entrepreneurs

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 1: Tools and Online Platforms

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 2: Online Programs and Courses

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 3: Mentorship Support, Online Communities, and Talent Pools

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 4: Pitch Decks, Raising Capital, Impact Investing

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Resources for Your Global & Regional Impact Startup Programs Search

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Weekly Digests (upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs: programs, fellowships, challenges, pitch events, bootcamps, incubators, accelerators, funding opportunities)

You will find below the most useful online platforms for your global and regional impact startup programs search. In most cases you can subscribe to newsletters/updates to make your search even easier.

Platforms for impact entrepreneurs

LeanVentures: global and regional programs for impactpreneurs (upcoming deadlines for impact programs, fellowships, competitions, challenges, awards, bootcamps, pitch events, incubators, accelerators, funding opportunities etc.)

Impact Shakers Community: weekly roundups with learning and funding deadlines for impact entrepreneurs.  (mostly for Europe-&UK-based startups)

Ogunte: bi-weekly lists of current opportunities to ignite your social impact project. (mostly for UK-based ventures)

StartSomeGood: weekly digests – events and opportunities for social entrepreneurs.

Impact Hub Community: programs, events and opportunities for purpose-driven entrepreneurs and innovators.

Social Innovation Community, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development & Social Impact Professionals groups on facebook: occasional posts on opportunities for impactpreneurs.

UpLink: a list of global challenges for mission-driven entrepreneurs and young innovators.

Agorize: a list of innovative challenges for startups.

Other startup platforms

Funder: a magazine of numerous opportunities provided for startups.

Ambivation: a list of latest startups challenges.

F6S: a list of startup programs with upcoming deadlines.

Incubator List: a list of startup incubators and accelerators.

GAN: a list of accelerator events. 

VC4A: a list of upcoming programs for entrepreneurs. (mostly for Africa-based startups)

Dreamers & Doers: a monthly carefully curated list of funding opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

ProFellow: a free database of funding awards for professional development.

Series of blog posts ”Learning and Funding Resources for Impact Entrepreneurs”, ”Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs”

Impact Investing Platforms & 600+ Global, Regional and National Impact Investors

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Global & Regional Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 4: Smart Cities & Urban Innovation Global and Regional Programs

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Weekly Digests (upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs: programs, fellowships, challenges, pitch events, bootcamps, incubators, accelerators, funding opportunities)

This is a blog post in the series “Resources for impact entrepreneurs”:  Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 4: Smart Cities & Urban Innovation Global and Regional Programs.

Part 1.1: Global Food & Agriculture Global Programs

Part 1.2: Regional Food & Agriculture Regional Programs 

Part 2: Global & Regional Water Programs

Part 3: Global & Regional Mobility & Transportation Programs

Part 5: Sustainability & Circular Economy Global and Regional Programs

Resources for your global&regional impact startup programs search

Awards and Competitions:

Smart City Expo World Congress: World Smart City Awards aiming to recognize and support innovative city strategies, projects and ideas that can potentially make an impact on citizens’ lives and turn our cities into more sustainable and inclusive places to live in.

Aveiro Urban Challenges:  awarding startups, scaleups and R&D centres for the best ideas and solutions to resolve urban issues.

XTC: a social innovation startup competition; the sectors include smart cities.

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.

FIA: Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest, identifying, supporting and investing in the world’s most innovative and impactful technology companies in the Smart Cities ecosystem.

NSCN: Nordic Smart City Challenge, open to innovators developing solutions that will help to support local authorities to build the liveable and sustainable cities citizens will need now and in the future.

Hackathons, Incubators and Accelerators:

Cassini Hackathons: challenging hackers to develop innovative solutions that sustainably improve our green spaces in urban and rural areas.

Urban Mobility Incubator: a 10-week incubation program to transform mobility ideas into deployed prototypes; geographical coverage: the primary focus are participants from the Baltic states, but ready to consider teams from elsewhere in the world if interested in registering the company in Latvia.

Berlin Innovation Agency: Future City Startup Incubator, accelerating smart city startups; open to all nationalities, but founders must be registered in Berlin from the moment the program starts.

+Impact Accelerator: looking for startups working with Smart Cities; geography:  Nordics (Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway); the program will be a hybrid (virtual + in person), if people prefer to attend virtually, it is possible.

Techstars: Torino Cities of the Future Techstars Accelerator, focused on smart, efficient, sustainable and liveable cities; startups need to relocate to Torino for the entire length of the program (3 months).

Conscious Venture Lab: an acceleration program for mission-driven business solving problems around urban resilience and smart cities.

IMPACT: Growth Smart Cities & Infrastructure Accelerator, selecting growth-stage startups working to solve the challenges of urbanization by optimizing resource consumption and improving services through better management of supply and demand in urban life activities.

EIT Urban Mobility, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT): acts accelerating positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable.

Future Hub: Open Innovation Sustainability Accelerator, a kickstarter for startup & enterprise co-creation; the sustainability areas include smart cities; geography: Baltic countries.

URBAN-X: an accelerator for startups reimagining city life.

Plug and Play: three-month accelerator programs boosting startups through corporate business development, networking and pitch events, world-class mentorship, and the potential for investment; the sectors comprise smart cities.

Africa Mobility Initiative: Africa Transformative Mobility Accelerator for transformative, practical, well researched and possibly tested solutions to urban mobility challenges in African Cities.

Stay tuned on Linkedin and Twitter for more useful resources and updates on online programs, fellowships, awards, competitions, incubators, accelerators.

Other helpful blog posts:

Upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs – Weekly Digests

Opportunities for Women Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 1: Learn and Grow

Opportunities for Women Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 2: Funding Solutions

Impact Investing Platforms & 600+ Global, Regional and National Impact Investors

Founder’s Bias, and Startup Lessons for Impact Entrepreneurs

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 1: Tools and Online Platforms

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 2: Online Programs and Courses

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 3: Mentorship Support, Online Communities, and Talent Pools

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 4: Pitch Decks, Raising Capital, Impact Investing

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Global & Regional Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 3: Mobility & Transportation Global and Regional Programs

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Weekly Digests (upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs: programs, fellowships, challenges, pitch events, bootcamps, incubators, accelerators, funding opportunities)

This is a blog post in the series “Resources for impact entrepreneurs”:  Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 3: Mobility & Transportation Global and Regional Programs.

Part 1.1: Global Food & Agriculture Programs

Part 1.2: Regional Food & Agriculture Programs

Part 2: Global & Regional Water Programs

Part 4: Global & Regional Smart Cities & Urban Innovation Programs

Part 5: Sustainability & Circular Economy Global and Regional Programs

Resources for your global&regional impact startup programs search

Awards, Prizes and Competitions:

Keeling Curve Prize: looking for projects with a proven track record of taking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere; the categories include transport&mobility.

Future Mobility Awards: recognizing startups that are bringing the very best new innovations to the industry, and enabling transformations in four key categories: Sustainability, AI for Safety, Connectivity and Virtual Development.

BCG, via iD, EP: European Startup Prize for Mobility, aiming to select and support every year the 10 most innovative and sustainable mobility startups in Europe (and neighboring countries) in order to shape a new landscape for sustainable mobility in EU and around the world.

Hyundai & POSCO: H2 Challenge, looking for hardware & software applications, technologies and solutions for hybridization and decarbonization in the areas comprising Transportation.

Siemens Stiftung: E-Mobility Innovation Calls: “Electric Mobility Made in Africa for Africa”.

Bosch: Future Mobility Challenge, an international technical competition for student teams to develop autonomous driving algorithms on 1/10 scale vehicles provided by the company.

XTC: a social innovation startup competition; the sectors include mobility.

Hackathons, Incubators and Accelerators:

IAA Mobility: IAA Mobilitython, a hackathon for the mobility transition.

Urban Mobility Incubator: a 10-week incubation program to transform mobility ideas into deployed prototypes; geographical coverage: the primary focus are participants from the Baltic states, but ready to consider teams from elsewhere in the world if interested in registering the company in Latvia.

SOLUTIONSplus: New Incubator for start-ups developing e-mobility solutions across the globe.

Volkswagen: Future Mobility Incubator, supporting innovative business ideas related to the mobility of the future and giving entrepreneurs from all over the world the chance to develop their innovative mobility concepts to market maturity.

IMPACT: Connected Car, a 6-month acceleration program

Toyota and ISDI: Toyota Startup Accelerator program, looking for innovative solutions in the startup ecosystem that work in the fields comprising of Mobility for All.

European Union and State of Berlin: Imagine2030 Mobility Accelerator.

EIT Urban Mobility, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT): acts accelerating positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable.

Connected Places Catapult: Future of Air Mobility Accelerator, selecting 12 SMEs to join a 6-month programme, where they will receive support from a consortium of industry, academic and regulatory partners on the trial and testing of disruptive innovations; key challenges: Data-Driven Aviation, Smart Airports, Advanced Air Mobility.

Dassault Systems: Electro Mobility Accelerator, accelerating successful mobility innovations, while optimizing cost, quality and customer experience, via Cloud or on Premis.

Future Hub: Open Innovation Sustainability Accelerator, a kickstarter for startup & enterprise co-creation; the sustainability areas include mobility; geography: Baltic countries.

DeepTech4Good: an acceleration program, financed under the Horizon 2020 framework, committed to help Deep Tech startups accelerate their development and scale up at European level; the application domains comprise smart mobility.

Plug and Play: three-month accelerator programs boosting startups through corporate business development, networking and pitch events, world-class mentorship, and the potential for investment; the sectors comprise mobility.

Startup Wise Guys: Sustainability Accelerator, meant for B2B startups with solid and passionate teams, global ambitions, and the power to execute; the sectors include mobility; geography: online and offsite format for startups from anywhere.

MAN Accelerator: MAN Impact Accelerator, built to scale social ventures in transport and logistics with a considerable impact on society; geographical coverage: Europe, Brazil, Africa.

Africa Mobility Initiative: Africa Transformative Mobility Accelerator for transformative, practical, well researched and possibly tested solutions to urban mobility challenges in African Cities.

Stay tuned on Linkedin and Twitter for more useful resources and updates on online programs, fellowships, awards, competitions, incubators, accelerators.

Other helpful blog posts:

Upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs – Weekly Digests

Opportunities for Women Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 1: Learn and Grow

Opportunities for Women Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 2: Funding Solutions

Impact Investing Platforms & 600+ Global, Regional and National Impact Investors

Founder’s Bias, and Startup Lessons for Impact Entrepreneurs

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 1: Tools and Online Platform

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 2: Online Programs and Courses

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 3: Mentorship Support, Online Communities, and Talent Pools

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 4: Pitch Decks, Raising Capital, Impact Investing

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Global & Regional Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 2: Water Global and Regional Programs

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Weekly Digests (upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs: programs, fellowships, challenges, pitch events, bootcamps, incubators, accelerators, funding opportunities)

This is a blog post in the series “Resources for impact entrepreneurs”:  Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 2: Water Global and Regional Programs.

Part 1.1: Global Food & Agriculture Programs

Part 1.2: Regional Food & Agriculture Programs

Part 3: Global & Regional Mobility & Transportation Programs

Part 4: Global & Regional Smart Cities & Urban Innovation Programs

Part 5: Sustainability & Circular Economy Global and Regional Programs

Resources for your global&regional impact startup programs search

Networking:

Nexus Community: a global and curated community of professionals sharing solutions, business opportunities and knowledge related to water nexus thematics.

WIA: Oceanside Chats, online water community gatherings with experts and professionals from all around the world.

Awards, Prizes and Competitions:

FINNOVA: Ivace Water Startup Europe Awards, open-innovation programme.

Global Water Awards: a competition for projects demonstrating a significant contribution to the water industry.

Ocean Exchange: 3 Ocean Impact Awards.

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.

The Water Council: WaterTech challenge prizes.

MIT: Water Innovation Prize, startup competition focused on water innovation that awards up to $35K to student-led teams from across the country and internationally.

Brew Accelerator: yearly competitions unleashing water innovation by funding water technology startups from around the world with commercialization potential.

XPRIZE Foundation: large-scale global incentive competitions to crowdsource solutions to the world’s grand challenges; the domain areas include oceans.

UN Climate Change Conference: Tech For Our Planet challenge programme, an opportunity for startups to pilot technology that will help us reach our net zero targets (incl.Challenge 6 For Our Water).

MENA Regional Innovation Fund: Calls for Innovations, scaling mid-to-later stage enterprises that have an environmental and social impact in the water-energy-food nexus; geographical coverage: Middle East and North Africa.

Accelerators:

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. water stewardship).

Imagine H2O: an innovation accelerator for the world’s top water entrepreneurs.

Katapult: Ocean Accelerator, a digital program that combines 90 days of intense workshops, networking events and learning sessions with $150,000 – 500,000 investments.

Sustainable Ocean Alliance: Ocean Solutions Accelerator for ocean-focused startups.

HATCH: accelerating sustainable aquaculture with a requirement for teams to visit the three office locations during the program (Hawaii, Norway and Singapore).

Stay tuned on Linkedin and Twitter for more useful resources and updates on online programs, fellowships, awards, competitions, incubators, accelerators.

Other helpful blog posts:

Upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs – Weekly Digests

Opportunities for Women Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 1: Learn and Grow

Opportunities for Women Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 2: Funding Solutions

Impact Investing Platforms & 600+ Global, Regional and National Impact Investors

Founder’s Bias, and Startup Lessons for Impact Entrepreneurs

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 1: Tools and Online Platform

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 2: Online Programs and Courses

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 3: Mentorship Support, Online Communities, and Talent Pools

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 4: Pitch Decks, Raising Capital, Impact Investing

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Global & Regional Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 1.2: Agriculture & Food Regional Programs

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Weekly Digests (upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs: programs, fellowships, challenges, pitch events, bootcamps, incubators, accelerators, funding opportunities)

This is a blog post in the series “Resources for impact entrepreneurs”:  Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 1.2: Food & Agriculture Regional Programs.

Part 1.1: Global Food & Agriculture Programs

Part 2: Global and Regional Water Programs

Part 3: Global & Regional Mobility & Transportation Programs

Part 4: Global & Regional Smart Cities & Urban Innovation Programs

Part 5: Sustainability & Circular Economy Global and Regional Programs

Resources for your global&regional impact startup programs search

Fellowships:

FAO UN Fellowship: designed to attract fellows, typically PhD students, researchers and professors, who have an advanced level of relevant technical knowledge and experience in any field of the Organization.

Co-operative Research Programme: Sustainable Agricultural and Food Systems; eligibility.

Kirchner Food Fellowship: three fellowship programs that harnesses the power of millennials to find, fund and assist promising socially responsible agricultural businesses; geographical coverage: Central America, Mexico.

Networking:

EIT Food: Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted.

LadyAgri: a network of International and African professionals linking agri-businesses with the finance community, social impact funds, through which women-agri- entrepreneurs can develop and upscale their businesses in Africa and Small Island Developing.

Incubators and Accelerators:

World Resources Institute: Land Accelerator, a four-month program and curated network for entrepreneurs who restore degraded forests and farmland; geographical coverage: Africa, Latin America, South Asia.

The Yield Lab: enabling entrepreneurs to sustainably revolutionize agrifood systems; regional accelerators: North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe.

EIT Food: supporting innovative impactful agrifood entrepreneurs and startups to deliver new food innovations and businesses across Europe (incubator, accelerator, scaleup program).

X-Europe: 6 acceleration cohorts for European startups; the areas include AgriTech.

Fresh Ventures Studio: a venture building program, co-founding companies with experienced professionals and entrepreneurs to address systemic challenges in the food system; for EU participants, require all participants to locate to Rotterdam for the physical part of the program.

StartLife: accelerating food & agtech startups with lasting impact in Europe.

Hatch Colab: a 12-month program (with periods of residence in Geneva) for Europe-based entrepreneurs committed to solving humanity’s grand challenges and driving sustainable change; the sectors include healthcare.

Future Hub: Open Innovation Sustainability Accelerator, a kickstarter  for startup & enterprise co-creation; five sustainability and GreenTech areas: Mobility, Food & AgroTech, Smart cities & Energy, Supply Chain & Logistics, Sustainable Business & Circular Economy; geography: Baltic countries.

FAO and UNIDO: 3ADI+, Accelerator for Agriculture and Agroindustry Development and Innovation; pilot countries: Bangladesh, Suriname, Tanzania.

Big Idea Ventures: food accelerators in New York, Paris, Singapore.

Future Food Asia Platform: aiming to accelerate open innovation in AgriTech and FoodTech across Asia Pacific, with the goal to catalyze and align an ecosystem to cope with the challenges of food.

Kindle VC: mentorship (incubator/accelerator) and EIR support for startups in US and India; the focus sectors include agritech.

Pangea: a Scaleup Program for Africa-based impact driven startups; the sectors include Agriculture.

Village Capital, supported by the IKEA Foundation: O-Farms – Making the Most of Food, helping scale circular agribusiness innovations in East Africa.

Glocal: an accelerator for both, startups and mid – sized established companies in the Agribusiness Sector in Latin America.

Village Capital, with the support of Visa Foundation: Future of Food LatAm AgriTech and FoodTechAccelerator, an investment readiness program for Latin American startups that are tackling the region’s most pressing challenges in the agritech and foodtech sectors.

Stay tuned on Linkedin and Twitter for more useful resources and updates on online programs, fellowships, awards, competitions, incubators, accelerators.

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Global & Regional Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 1.1: Agriculture & Food Global Programs

Weekly Digests (upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs: programs, fellowships, challenges, pitch events, bootcamps, incubators, accelerators, funding opportunities)

This is the first blog post in the series “Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs”. Part 1.1: Food & Agriculture Global Programs.

Part 1.2: Regional Agriculture & Food Programs

Part 2: Global and Regional Water Programs

Part 3: Global & Regional Mobility & Transportation Programs

Part 4: Global & Regional Smart Cities & Urban Innovation Programs

Part 5: Sustainability & Circular Economy Global and Regional Programs

Resources for your global&regional impact startup programs search

Food naturally connects all of us and it is certainly the easiest way for every single person to make a positive impact (from healthier eating patterns to reduced food waste), so let’s start with global growth programs for food & agriculture ventures.

Online Platforms, Networking, and Pitch Events:

SAIRA: a digital matchmaking platform that tackles the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by bringing established experts together with upstart innovators and facilitating long-term initiatives (incl. food&agriculture opportunities).

Food Entrepreneurs Community: an online community for those wanting to transform & power the new food revolution.

Good Food SME Hub: Small businesses making our food more nourishing, sustainable, equitable and resilient.

Vevolution: the plant-based and cell-tech business community.

Food Tech Matters: bringing together the investor, start-up and industry community.

FoodBytes: a digital and physical discovery program connecting the best and brightest startups with corporates and investors through structured mentor sessions, one-on-one corporate and investor meetings, and more, culminating in a live pitch competition.

Vegan Women Summit: VWS Pathfinder, first female founder summit and pitch competition dedicated exclusively to plant-based innovation.

Awards & Challenges:

World Food Forum: Startup Innovation Awards, a global startup competition established to support and showcase innovators and entrepreneurs who are harnessing the power of technology to drive the sustainable transformation of agri-food systems in support of ending global hunger and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Fi: Global Startup Innovation Challenge, competition aimed at rewarding innovative projects within the F&B industry through a specialised support programme tailored to their needs.

Thought for Food: a global agri-food-tech innovation challenge.

The Future of Sports, The Future of Medicine and FoodFWD: Forces of Change Awards, awards for innovators across the food, sports and health industries.

Topsector Tuinbouw & Uitgangsmaterialen: IMPACT 2025 – Topsector T&U Innovation Prize,  selecting international and ground-breaking innovations that contribute to the realisation of sustainable horticulture: cross-border innovation.

Forward Fooding: FoodTech 500, showcasing selected international AgriFoodTech startup and scaleup companies using a unique methodology to rank them based on their business size, digital footprint, and sustainability practices.

UN Climate Change Conference: Tech For Our Planet challenge programme, an opportunity for startups to pilot technology that will help reach our net zero targets (incl.Challenge 2 On Our Plate).

Attention FWD: Forces Of Change Awards, honoring innovators who are making an impact and shaping the future (the sectors include food).

Future Food-Tech: Innovation Challenges for start-ups to tackle some of the most critical issues facing the food-tech industry (The Kellogg Challenge: new microbiome-based innovation for gut wellness; The Unilever Challenge: improving the taste, texture, sustainability of plant-based meat and dairy alternatives).

Iberdrola: Agrivoltaics Startup Challenge, seeking low-cost and environmentally-friendly solutions to combine the roll-out of photovoltaic plants and certain primary sector activities in rural areas in a sustainable way.

XTC: a social innovation startup competition; the sectors include agtech&food.

Incubators & Accelerators:

Counterfactual Ventures: a startup creation studio, an incubator and venture capital fund that is in the business of replacing factory farming and unsustainable fishing practices with scalable alternative protein solutions.

ProVeg Incubator: supporting pioneering companies that are developing disruptive alternatives to animal-based products and services.

Rockstart: a domain-focused accelerator-VC with follow-on growth funding that supports and empowers the best startups on their way to success across four domains, including agrifood.

SOSV: accelerators for elite startups from around the world tackling the biggest problems; the areas include disruptive food.

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. smart agriculture).

FoundersLane: several programs for startups; the focus sectors include agriculture.

Plug and Play: 60+ accelerators; the focus areas include food&beverages and agtech.

Kaizen Company: two hybrid technology incubator/accelerator programs to address global challenges in food security and conflict resolution.

RootCamp: incubators and accelerators focused on agrifood tech innovation (for startups from anywhere, but the program takes place in Hannover).

Sente: looking for innovative startups that are disrupting the indoor agriculture world (3 startup programs).

NetImpact: Food Solutions Challenge, an accelerator and pitch competition focused on finding solutions to the most pressing issues in food and agriculture.

FoodFutureCo: a scale-up accelerator in food, agriculture, social, & environmental entrepreneurship.

HortiHeroes: startup program for food & flower startups

Eatable Adventures: an accelerator for food companies.

THRIVE Accelerator: supporting seed stage startups from all areas of the value chain whose technologies drive us towards a more efficient, sustainable, and secure agriculture future.

Acumen Academy: Climate Resilient Agriculture Accelerator, helping to scale your business and bolster the climate resilience of smallholder farmers.

Bind 4.0: connecting dynamic startup teams with well-established companies, to provide external solutions for their internal digital transformation challenges while promoting the development of commercial skills and encouraging the immersion of startups in the local ecosystem, catalyzing new business opportunities; the sectors include food.

Leonhardt Ventures: an innovation accelerator focused on Convergence of Bioelectrics & Biologics for Organ Regeneration and Healing.

Brinc: empowering founders who are solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges through new technology-based solutions: alternative protein, agritech, food technology; location: virtual remote programs and ideally, must be looking to deploy their product / solution in the Asian market.

GROW: Southeast Asia’s agrifoodtech accelerator with an impact focus (online and onsite format for startups from anywhere).

Sprout: helping you navigate your entrepreneurial journey so your company and product gets noticed by Investors who ‘get it’ and want to see you grow a global innovation; location: virtual program, but teams will be expected to travel to New Zealand for a minimum of two visits. It’s our expectation that each company has a business plan to address the New Zealand market and/or connect with one of Sprout’s partners.

FoodTech Accelerator: a Milan-based accelerator, selecting up to 10 of the best startups worldwide each year to boost food innovation.Feel free to follow #LVfinds on Twitter and Linkedin for occasional updates.

Stay tuned on Linkedin and Twitter for more useful resources and updates on online programs, fellowships, awards, competitions, incubators, accelerators.

Other helpful blog posts: 

Upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs – Weekly Digests

Opportunities for Women Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 1: Learn and Grow

Opportunities for Women Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 2: Funding Solutions

Impact Investing Platforms & 600+ Global, Regional and National Impact Investors

Founder’s Bias, and Startup Lessons for Impact Entrepreneurs

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 1: Tools and Online Platforms

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 2: Online Programs and Courses

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 3: Mentorship Support, Online Communities, and Talent Pools

Be Your Own Mentor. Part 4: Pitch Decks, Raising Capital, Impact Investing

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Be Your Own Mentor. Part 4: Pitch Decks, Raising Capital, Impact Investing

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Weekly Digests (upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs: programs, fellowships, challenges, pitch events, bootcamps, incubators, accelerators, funding opportunities)

This is a blog post in the series “Resources for impact entrepreneurs”:  Be Your Own Mentor. Part 4.

Part 1: Tools and Online Platforms

Part 2: Online Programs and Courses

Part 3: Mentorship Support, Online Communities, and Talent Pools

Pitch Deck Templates:

Founder Institute: pitch deck templates.

The Female Founders Lab: free tutorial and deck template.

Venture University: startup resources (pitch deck, investment evaluation, etc.).

37 Angels: resources and blog by investors (ventures hacks, pitch decks, fundraising checklist, list of blogs by investors).

JumpStart Foundry: Healthcare Startup Resources (incl.pitch deck template).

Raising Capital:

Linkedin Learning: raising capital.  

Y Combinator: startup library (fundraising+investors).

Female Founders Fund: VC resources.

SoGal Foundation: courses on investing, breaking into VC, and more.

Kauffman Entrepreneurs: learning materials (Grow Your Business: approaching investors).

WAMVentures: resources and tools (angel investing, venture deals, etc.).

MergeLane: resources (incl.investment cases, venture capital, etc.).

Marigold Capital: resources (incl.podcasts on venture capital).

Drawdown Fund: a series of the books, articles, talks and resources that have been instrumental in helping build the Drawdown Fund (incl.investing).

CASE Smart Impact: a self-paced online program to learn to close the best deal for your impact venture.

Impact Investing:

SOCAP: impact investing overview, tools and resources

Sopact: impact investing guide.

Next Wave Capital: resources (angel investing, venture capital investing, crowdfunding resources, etc.).

CASE Smart Impact: an online toolkit to help make impact investment fundraising easier.

venturedeals: standard forms of documents used for early stage financings.

Talgra: Invest with Values, a free educational resource that connects the dots between related investment areas including local banking, community investing, impact investing, and socially responsible investing.

Nia: diversity resources (incl.a due diligence guide for investing, etc.).

Athena Capital: Resources for Investing in Gender Equality.

GenderSmart: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Investing Toolkit.

Stay tuned on Linkedin and Twitter for more useful resources and updates on online programs, fellowships, awards, competitions, incubators, accelerators.

Other helpful blog posts: 

Upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs – Weekly Digests

Opportunities for Women Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 1: Learn and Grow

Opportunities for Women Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 2: Funding Solutions

Impact Investing Platforms & 600+ Global, Regional and National Impact Investors

Founder’s Bias, and Startup Lessons for Impact Entrepreneurs

Growth Opportunities for Impactpreneurs:

Part 1.1: Global Food & Agriculture Global Programs

Part 1.2: Regional Food & Agriculture Regional Programs 

Part 2: Global & Regional Water Programs

Part 3: Global & Regional Mobility & Transportation Programs

Part 4: Global & Regional Smart Cities & Urban Innovation Programs

Part 5: Sustainability & Circular Economy Global and Regional Programs