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Global & Regional Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 6: Climate Programs

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This is a blog post in the series “Resources for impact entrepreneurs”:  Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 6: Climate 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 3: Global & Regional Mobility & Transportation Programs

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

Part 5: Sustainability & Circular Economy Global and Regional Programs

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Wilson Center: Agents of Change Youth Fellowship, recognizing the significance of the MENA region when it comes to climate response and the potential for youth leadership in the region to shape a more sustainable, peaceful, and prosperous future for the world.

Mulago Foundation: Henry Arnhold Fellowship: finding leaders with promising conservation and climate solutions and helping them design and deliver them at scale.

On Deck: Climate Tech Fellowship, a 10-week program for startup and climate experts looking to found, join, invest in, and advise climate tech companies. It is a space for fellows with deep and diverse subject matter expertise to exchange ideas, accelerate each other’s careers, and build impactful climate tech startups.

Climatebase: a climate career accelerator for the most talented, mission-driven members of the Climatebase community.

Awards and Competitions:

UN: Global Climate Action Awards, showcasing people and projects taking bold and effective climate action in the areas of climate neutrality, innovative climate finance and climate leadership.

hubraum: Network Sustainability Award, looking for solutions for renewable energy production & storage.

MIT Solve: CLIMATE: ECOSYSTEMS + HOUSING, a global challenge looking for solutions protecting high-carbon ecosystems and creating low-carbon housing for all.

Open17: Challenge on Climate Justice for solutions addressing environmental or social justice issues caused by climate change. Impact Challenge on Climate Innovation committing $30M to fund big bet projects that accelerate technological advances in climate information and action.

Unilever: Climate Action Challenge for technical solution helping meet challenges: Stable salt hydrates, Tough Stain Removal, Solution to reduce energy consumption in ice cream frozen cabinets.

SHV Energy: looking to reduce its direct CO2 emissions in Scopes 1 and 2 by working and collaborating with global innovative solutions in various steps in their value chain.

Startup Basecamp: Future of Climate Tech Global Startup Competition.

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.

Empact Ventures in Partnership with Hays: Global Tech for Good Competition for tech startups (pre-seed & seed) and scaleups (Series A & B) in the UK Ireland, Europe, Australia and New Zealand; focus areas: AI for Good, EdTech, HealthTech, MedTech, FoodTech, ClimateTech and FinTech for Good.

Labs and Accelerators:

Climate-KIC: ClimateLaunchpad, global green business ideas competition.

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in collaboration with the Natural Capital Lab and the support of LACChain: IDB Lab, seeking to assist innovative solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean that harness the power of digital tokens as tools to advance biodiversity conservation and climate action.

Climate Finance Lab: Global Innovation Lab, accelerating early stage climate finance entrepreneurs.

For ClimateTech: a global call for applications to source and develop the most impactful and equitable solutions in ClimateTech.

ClimaTech Run: supporting startups specialized in Climate Technology.

UNEP-CTCN: Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator, fostering innovation in adaptation in developing countries.

SUBAK: looking for ambitious nonprofit organisations that focus on creating scalable and measurable climate impact; eligibility: Europe-based ventures.

gener8tor: Accelerating and Investing in Sustainability and Climate Tech Startups.

Katapult: Climate Accelerator Program, aimed at climate startups working in: food, transport, energy, natural assets, infrastructure and new frontiers.

Third Derivative: a climate tech accelerator, looking for world-changing climate tech startups addressing billion-dollar markets in the areas of hard science, hardware, software, and business model innovation.

Beamline Accelerator: an accelerator for cleantech startups working in the fields of novel materials, agriculture, bioresources  or  CO2 offsetting.

NextCorps: Venture for ClimateTech, Accelerator for early stage climate startups looking to build their teams, raise funds, and pilot.

Ashden: accelerating climate innovation, helping businesses, charities, governments and others power up their impact in the UK and low-income nations.

BGI, MCAST & Chrysalis LEAP: MED ClimAccelerator, boosting innovation in sectors contributing to a net-zero carbon economy and resilient societies; geographical coverage: Cyprus, Malta, Portugal.

Rockstart: funding and empowering founders building scalable innovations leveraging emerging technologies and new business models, which are key to slowing down the pace of climate change.

Climate-KIC: ClimAccelerator, looking for bold European climate entrepreneurs to lead the carbon removal industry.

UNDP: Climate Ambition Accelerator, a six-month accelerator programme designed to equip companies with the knowledge and skills they need to accelerate progress towards setting science-based emissions reduction targets aligned with the 1.5℃ pathway, setting them on a path towards net- zero emissions by 2050.

Village Capital supported by the Lightsmith Group in partnership with the Inter-American 

Development Bank, the Global Environment Facility, and Conservation International: ADAPTATION SME ACCELERATOR PROJECT for 16 SMEs and startups in Africa and Asia that are scaling market-based and contextualized solutions to critical climate adaptation and resilience challenges.

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

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