Weekly Digests - Global and Regional Upcoming Deadlines for Impactpreneurs

Awards, Competitions, Fellowships, Incubators, Accelerators, Pitch Labs, Funding Opportunities for Impactpreneurs – Rolling Deadlines

upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs

Funding opportunities for impact startups in futuristic infrastructure; IT / software / Fintech/ Payment Systems/ artificial intelligence; Rating’s systems; Smart cities; Renewables, including solar, wind, hydro energy, biofuels and others; Healthy farming methods and Manufacturing plants; Telecommunications; Financial Technology; Insurance; Logistics; Healthcare and Education.

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Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs (Agriculture&Food, Water, Mobility&Transportation, Smart Cities&Urban Innovation, Sustainability&Circular Economy, Climate)


Startups for All: EPIC!, Startups for All’s new trusted community for purpose-driven founders, knowledge workers, and product folx from historically excluded, marginalized, othered and underrepresented populations (rolling, open enrollment with complementary access through the 15th and last day of each month).

UpLink: Innovation Portal, inviting to submit your innovation on UpLink as an entry point for your solution to the platform, to engage with the UpLink community, and be the first to hear of upcoming challenges which match the topical issue you are addressing (applications reviewed within 2 weeks).

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.

WomensNet: giving away at least $30,000 every month in recognition of the diversity of businesses owned by women; must be residents of US/Canada (last day of each month).

FoodBytes: accepting startup applications to join its food and agriculture innovation platform (startups selected quarterly).

Women Startup Competition: empowering female founders, and advocating for more gender-balanced world (individual national deadlines – September to December).

EIT FOOD: Challenge Lab Southern Europe – The future of our roots: reimagining a sustainable Mediterranean food system (the event takes place on September 28-30).

Omdena: AI Incubator, the only AI development program in the world exclusively for startups and impact ventures (enrollment for October is now open).

Good Pitch Summit: an opportunity for the owners of established purpose-driven businesses (the event takes place on October 11th).

Green Software Foundation: Carbon Hack 22, a race to build the most innovative carbon aware software solutions using the Green Software Foundation’s Carbon Aware SDK with a total prize pool of $90,000 USD (the event takes place on October 13th).

REPLY: Cyber Security Challenge (the event takes place on October 14-15).

SWC Fund: investing USD 1M in the Grand Finale champion of Startup World Cup out of over 12,000 startup applicants from 50+ regions; the sectors include health IT and next-generation technologies (regional deadlines March-October, 2022).

For Impact: virtual boot camps helping you build a solid foundation around the For Impact Point of View and frameworks, including how to successfully tell your story, develop your team and transform your funding (the next event takes place on November 15-16).

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 (you can pre-apply for 2022).

Time to Raise: a program with full focus on fundraising for female startup leaders; geographical coverage: Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland (you can register your interest for Autumn 2022).

Atlantic Smart Ports Blue Acceleration Network: a 9-month acceleration program with workshops based on both accelerating your business and your collaborations within the sector strengthening innovation in the European blue economy (you can register for 2022).

Social Shifters: supporting young people (18-30) to take entrepreneurial action on social and environmental issues that matter to you (you can register now for GIC 2022 early access to receive extra elearning content and support with your application).

Net Impact: Circular Plastics Challenge (Pre-Launch Interest Form).

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 (you can apply for 2023).

SWAN Impact Network: providing funding for impact startup companies on a quarterly cycle (the next deadline is on January 2d).

Future Food-Tech: Applications are now open for start-ups seeking capital or corporate partnerships to showcase their solutions at Future Food-Tech in March 2023.

Global Good Awards: rewarding businesses, NGOs, charities and social enterprises from all over the world and of all sizes from micro to multi-nationals, for doing good globally (you can register interest for 2023).

Ashden: accelerating climate innovation, helping businesses, charities, governments and others power up their impact in the UK and low-income nations (you can register for 2023).

GROW: Southeast Asia’s first dedicated agrifoodtech accelerator with an impact focus; onsite and online format for startups from anywhere (you can register your interest for 2023).

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).

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.

Gen128 Capital: Make-a-Difference Innovation Market Research for innovators in Africa, Asia or South America, a chance to win a prize to the value of 50 000 Euros, to fund seed- or early stage implementation activities.


Ashoka Fellowship: a fellowship for social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas that transform the society’s systems; list of countries.

Impact Amplifier: Impact Amplifier Fellowship Programme, offering a unique opportunity to exceptional individuals with a demonstrated interest in social enterprises and impact investment;  candidates from Africa to apply (applications accepted year round).

Impact Amplifier: Impact Amplifier Mid-management Fellowship Programme, offering a unique opportunity to exceptional individuals with a demonstrated interest in social entrepreneurship;  candidates from Africa to apply (applications accepted year round).

Island Innovation: Fellowship Program, allowing interns to gain valuable experience working in a social enterprise within the sustainable development sector.

Mulago Foundation: Rainer Arnhold Fellowship: finding leaders with promising poverty solutions and helping them design and deliver them at scale.

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

Connecting Dreams Foundation: Global Changemaker Fellowship, a 10-month advancement program intended to interface and develop a pipeline of social change leaders who are focused on handling challenges in their local communities.


Teva: Humanizing Health Awards, recognizing and rewards healthcare initiatives which go the extra mile, to enhance and improve the patient and caregiver experience by infusing more humanity through dynamic, supportive and inspiring local initiatives (national competitions).


Innovate4Water: pitch opportunity for Utilities, water technology companies, social enterprises, corporations, agribusiness organisations, etc.

Get in the Ring: Global Startup Competition – Open Application for startups that have what it takes to solve the global challenges of the future.

Solar Impulse Foundation: a challenge for solutions protecting the environment in a profitable way, and bringing them to decision makers to help them adopt more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies.

The Female Founders Lab: Pitch Labs for female founders with ideas/ventures impacting society.


The Eco-Business Growth Club: The EBGC Business Incubator, 12 workshop modules to develop solid and essential business foundations, plus more than 30 other training modules on all social media, Pinterest, Wellness, operations (available on demand).

SEIP: an online incubation program matches quality seeds with the best soil for sprouting.

MAJ Ventures: selecting projects that have a positive impact on people and nature, tackling one of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

Story Cube: an online programme covering strategy, sales and storytelling, designed to help ambitious edtech entrepreneurs inspire, pitch and sell with ease.

Baltic Sandbox: Women in Tech, empowering female founders and supporting Women in Tech globally.

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

MATTER: a membership-based incubator and an accelerator for healthcare startups at all stages of growth by creating access to learning and development opportunities, capital and customers and a dynamic community; Chicago roots and global reach with many of the members from outside the US.


KRING: a venture studio & innovation consultancy partnering with incredible entrepreneurs & corporates to create solutions that have a positive impact on society and the planet; eligibility: open to building with talent from around the world but founders must be willing to be in Copenhagen for at least a 3 months validation phase.

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

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

StartLife: StartLife à la Carte, a tailor-made program specifically designed to help agrifoodtech startups connect with their peers and initiate collaborations with investors, researchers and corporate partners.

Brinc: empowering founders who are solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges through new technology-based solutions: alternative protein, agritech, cleantech&sustainability, healthcare (you can register interest).

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship: an 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.

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 (you can express interest) & Inclusive Digital Commerce Accelerator, supporting digital commerce companies who are building solutions designed to improve the livelihoods and financial resilience of micro and small enterprises (you can access the open-source database); focus countries: Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, India.

HortiHeroes: startup programs for food & flower startups.

StartLife: accelerating food & agtech startups with lasting impact in Europe (pre-applications open).

TechnoServe: enabling participating Africa-based SME agribusinesses in the program to accelerate expansion plans, increase revenue, and create economic opportunities.

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.

SUBAK: looking for ambitious nonprofit organisations that focus on creating scalable and measurable climate impact; eligibility: Europe-based ventures (you can register your interest for the next cohort).

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

Amariyo Ventures:  a startup development platform, a virtual and digital venture accelerator that supports innovators and innovations impacting our world for the better.

RaiseV: Startup Accelerator Programs and Corporate venturing Programs converging AI and four focus areas that ought to benefit from it: healthcare, circular economy, education and emerging countries (you can share your pitch in advance).

WISE EdTech Accelerator: supporting founders from around the world build and scale innovative edtech solutions (you can sign up on an interest form).

500 Startups: a global seed accelerator; the sectors include health&biotech, smart city and education.

Plug and Play: 60+ three month accelerator programs twice a year boosting startups through corporate business development, networking and pitch events, world-class mentorship, and the potential for investment; the sectors include Food&Beverage, Agtech, Mobility, Health, Energy, New Materials&Packaging, Smart Cities, Sustainability, Animal Health, Safetytech (you can join the platform anytime).

Grid.Lab: accelerating energy transition and to support all parties involved in the changing energy field in Scandinavia.

Founders Factory: accelerating exceptional founders solving global problems using technology; the focus programs include Home&Hygiene accelerator.

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

Muellners: LEARN, an online Growth Accelerator for entrepreneur talent to break into social sustainable product engineering.

Rockstart: funding and empowering purpose-driven founders scaling impactful solutions by leveraging emerging technologies and new business models that improve our food supply system from soil to gut.

SOSV: ORBIT startups, helping startups with breakthrough technologies reach global scale by expanding across emerging and frontier markets; the industries include cleantech, edtech, food, health.

Food Future Co: a Scale-Up Accelerator for established yet small Asia-, Europe-, North America-based organizations providing food system solutions.

DART Labs: an accelerator helping the startups working towards healthier humans and a healthier planet from Switzerland and Europe to enter the US market.

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.

Transformational Business Network: Zahara Women’s Program designed for women-led business from Kenya and Uganda.


Orbit Startups: providing hands-on support for partnerships, business development, fundraising, and growth combined with an initial investment package of US$150,000 with millions available in follow-on funding; the focus areas include healthcare and education; geography coverage: emerging and frontier markets.

EdTech Booster Capital: helping EdTech startups from Europe with investments, marketing and sales in the US.

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation: looking for social entrepreneurs with dynamic ideas to provide them with 3 years of unrestricted capital (totaling $300,000) and provide rigorous on-going support by joining their board of directors for the 3 years and partnering with the leader to help them to build capacity in their organization and scale their impact.

NESsT: a funding opportunity for social entrepreneurs with enterprises at the validate (i.e. sales exist but do not sustain the enterprise) and prepare-to-scale stages (i.e. sales sustain initial operations but not growth) from Central and Eastern Europe or South America.

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

Resources for Impact Ventures

Resources for Your Global & Regional Impact Startup Programs Search

upcoming deadlines for impactpreneurs

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

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)

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”

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