Series of blog posts ”Learning and Funding Resources for Impact Entrepreneurs”, ”Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs”
Applications always open/accepted on a rolling basis:
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).
SWAN Impact Network: providing funding for impact startup companies on a quarterly cycle (the deadline for applying for the 4th quarter 2022 funding cycle is on September 6th).
IAA Mobility: Mobilitython, a hackathon for the mobility transition (the event takes place on September 9th).
Startup Basecamp: Future of Climate Tech Global Startup Competition (quarterly onlinbe pitch competition with an upcoming deadline on September 22d).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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 (accepting applications on a rolling basis).
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).
Western Union Foundation: Accelerator and Fellowship, a program for young entrepreneurs and community leaders who are from and working with highly marginalized, refugee, and forcibly displaced communities around the globe (rolling basis, final application deadline is November 15th).
SEIP: an online incubation program matches quality seeds with the best soil for sprouting.
Grid.Lab: accelerating energy transition and to support all parties involved in the changing energy field in Scandinavia.
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.
Founders Factory: accelerating exceptional founders solving global problems using technology; the focus programs include Home&Hygiene accelerator.
Baltic Sandbox: Women in Tech, empowering female founders and supporting Women in Tech globally.
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.
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.
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.
Big Idea Ventures: food accelerators in New York, Paris, Singapore.
Mulago Foundation: Henry Arnhold Fellowship: finding leaders with promising conservation and climate solutions and helping them design and deliver them at scale.
Mulago Foundation: Rainer Arnhold Fellowship: finding leaders with promising poverty solutions and helping them design and deliver them at scale.
The Female Founders Lab: Pitch Labs for female founders with ideas/ventures impacting society.
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.
August 17th – September 1st:
Because International: an accelerator designed to help entrepreneurs take their innovative products to the next level (August 17h).
GENERALI Health Solutions: looking for innovative approaches to improve the life of millions of people (August 18th).
GETINGE: looking for future-proof management solutions for a more patient-centric innovation approach (August 18th).
IKKclassic: looking for all-embracing, holistic, OR special individual health care solutions (August 18th).
European Innovation Council: EU Prize for Women Innovators, awarding three prizes of €100,000 each to the most inspiring women innovators across the EU and Associated Countries, including Ukraine (August 18th).
Economist Impact: Ocean Changemakers Challenge for game-changing solutions for a sustainable blue economy (August 19th).
Meaningful Business 100: an award programme celebrating leaders globally combining profit and purpose to help achieve the UN Global Goals (August 19th).
AVPA: Africa Impact Investing Fellowship, selecting individuals in Africa who embody the values and skills needed to develop a strong impact investing sector (August 19th).
Great Companies: Global Business Award; the focus sectors include education and health (August 19th).
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 (August 19th).
UNFPA: Early and Unintended Pregnancy Hacklab, targetting young innovators who have aspiring solutions that when taken to scale can make impactful change for girls at risk of early pregnancy (August 21st).
She Loves Tech: Global Startup Competition, looking for early-stage women-led and women-impact startups (August 21st for Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand-Vietnam-Cambodia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Central Asia; September 1st: India, Pakistan, Japan, South Korea, China-Mainland, China- Hongkong & Macau, Mongolia, Israel; September 12th: Turkey, Australia, Middle East, Western Europe, Nordics, South Europe, Baltics – Central & Eastern European, United Kingdom, Africa, Latin America, North America).
Future Hub: matching startup solutions with enterprise sustainability challenges (August 23d).
The Joke Waller-Hunter (JWH) Initiative: giving small grants to young people in the environmental sector in developing countries to expand their knowledge, experience and training, aiming to strengthen environmental Civil Society Organisations capacity and efficiency (August 24th).
Digital Attraxion: MoveUp Program, a 20-week acceleration program that connects companies that want to innovate with healthcare startups that already have a prototype and want to confront it with market needs (August 24th).
Startup Wise Guys: SAAS AFRICA STARTUP ACCELERATOR, for English-speaking East and West African early-stage digital B2B SaaS startups with initial traction, a solid team, and a focus on the areas incl. AgriTech, EdTech, CleanTech, HealthTech (August 25th).
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 (August 25th).
SVG Ventures: THRIVE Global Impact Challenge, a global search for the most innovative startups who are advancing a more sustainable future for agriculture (August 26th).
FAO: Agrination Startup Cup, aiming to support NENA-based youth-led early-stage startups in the field of agrifood and rural development (August 27th).
Yunus Environment Hub: GrowUp Incubator, supporting and advancing innovative solutions that have the potential to create substantial environmental and social impact (August 28th).
DEMO4Green: “Green Manufacturing” – project implementation support, one to one coaching and skills development; geographical coverage: Europe (August 30th).
Ocean Exchange: an Awards for Solutions Inspiring Action (August 30th).
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 (August 30th).
Sustainable Energy for All: Cool Challenge, looking for youth-led sustainable cooling solutions that can help deliver on one of more of the three cooling needs: Human comfort and safety: passive or active personal, space or urban cooling; Food, nutrition and agriculture: agricultural cold chain Health services: vaccine and medical cold chain (August 30th).
Tencent and Viva la Vida: THINC, a 12-month fellowship program bringing together a community of 50 selected change-makers from 30+ countries including entrepreneurs, influencers, scholars, artists, politicians, investors, and activists, etc. (August 31st).
InnovX: an accelerator for Eastern European innovative tech solutions to set up a scalable product and discover new markets; the focus sectors include Energy&CleanTech (August 31st).
EIT Manufacturing: Green Manufacturing Accelerator for early-stage green technology startups based in Europe (August 31st).
EIT Circular Economy Community: Circular Economy Prize for SME or start-up with an innovative service, technology, or product around circular economy (August 31st).
Digilogic: Call for proposals to address Smart Logistics Challenges in Africa (August 31st).
WSA: Young Innovators, a special recognition for young people under 26 years of age, using ICTs to take action on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (August 31st).
Startup Reaktor: an incubation platform specially designed to fast-forward early-stage EU tech startups; the sectors include Healthcare IT, Energy & Cleantech, AgriTech, EdTech (August 31st).
Laudes Foundation supported by APG Asset Management, CVC Capital, Citigroup, Commonland, IFC, and Temasek: NatureTech Innovation Challenge, calling for technology-led startups with solutions that enable and accelerate high-integrity Nature-based Solutions (August 31st).
Enel Green Power: looking for a new design and architectural concept for the construction of a new and innovative sustainable building system dedicated to primary substations (August 31st).
Enel Global Infrastructure & Networks: looking for a new design concept for a prefabricated secondary substation, which must have innovative features in design, materials, and construction, incorporating the principles of sustainability and, in particular, a circular by design approach (August 31st).
Ambivation: looking for startups in the field of EVs for pilot projects, cooperation projects and investments; the specifically relevant fields are: Electric Mobility, Electric Vehicles, Battery Management Systems (August 31st).
AI2: seeking to provide two (2) grants, each in the amount of $15,000 USD, to organizations that are deploying or developing technology to make a positive impact in conservation management, including but not limited to, the security of endangered animals, animal behavioral research, anti-poaching enforcement, ecological management, and human-wildlife coexistence (August 31st).
Mirova: Nature+ Accelerator Fund, supporting nature-based innovative solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change whilst delivering positive impacts both on biodiversity and the wellbeing of local communities (August 31st).
Inter-American Development Bank: IDB Lab innovation laboratory, an open innovation call to identify, pilot and accelerate technological solutions based on artificial intelligence (AI) that contribute, through the concept of algorithmic justice to reduce bias and discrimination on the basis of gender and gender (August 31st).
GEEP: Youth Innovation Challenge, giving young people (ages 15–30) around the world a chance to come up with innovative solutions to a pressing environmental issue affecting our marine ecosystems, using environmental education as a key strategy (September 1st).
EIT Urban Mobility: Urban Mobility Pre-accelerator, supporting mobility startups between incubation and acceleration phase; geography coverage: Eastern Europe (September 1st).
CYD: Cyber Startup Challenge; geographical coverage: France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia/NZ, Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Europe, Middle East, Americas (September 1st).
New Sector Alliance: Leadership Longevity Fellowship, designed for mission-driven emerging leaders focused on addressing the world’s most pressing challenges and opportunities (September 1st).