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).