Applications open / No specific deadline:
SPRING: IMPACT Startup Visa Accelerator for purpose-driven entrepreneurs seeking to anchor their business in Canada (the next cohort kicking off in January 2022).
Omdena: AI Incubator, the only AI development program in the world exclusively for startups and impact ventures (next available start date: February 17th, ‘22).
Euclid Network: Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise Initiative, celebrating women in the social enterprise sector, spotlighting their impact journey and achievements, connecting them to learn from and inspire each other (the list will be released on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2022 and will be celebrated with an award ceremony at EN’s Impact Summit on the 24th and 25th March 2022).
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).
Visa Foundation and Village Capital: Greentech Europe 2022 initiative, a new project dedicated to supporting gender diverse ventures creating sustainable economic, environmental and social solutions across Europe (the program will launch in November).
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: S-GRID, New Social Enterprise Support Program, helping social enterprises build revenue partnerships with the corporate sector to become more integrated into global value chains.
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).
leAD Sports & Health Tech Academy: accelerators in Berlin and Lake Nona, supporting and growing early-stage sports & health tech startups globally.
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 fill out Expression of Interest form for the ’22 cohort in Australia.
Story Cube: free online sprints for edtech entrepreneurs covering strategy, sales and storytelling, designed to help ambitious edtech entrepreneurs inspire, pitch and sell with ease.
The Future of Sports, The Future of Medicine and Attention FWD: Forces Of Change Awards, honoring innovators who are making an impact and shaping the future (food, sport, health, other).
EIT Food: supporting innovative impactful agrifood entrepreneurs and startups to deliver new food innovations and businesses across Europe (incubator, accelerator, scaleup program).
Upcoming deadlines (January 16-31):
HUAWEI: CLOUD SPARK Hackathon Singapore 2022 for industry-transforming innovations (January 16th).
Beamline Accelerator: climate accelerator for cleantech startups working in the fields of novel materials, agriculture, bioresources or CO2 offsetting (January 16th).
Kellogg-Morgan Stanley: Sustainable Investing Challenge, an annual competition for teams of graduate students from around the world to develop and pitch creative financial approaches to tackle pressing social and environmental challenges (January 16th).
African Union: Civic Tech Fund, a pan-African competition that aims to accelerate innovative civic tech initiatives that have the potential to lead to citizen-led transformative action across the African continent (January 16th).
EU Industry Days: Pitching Contest, welcoming all business ideas that support the transition to a sustainable, digital and resilient economy (January 18th).
MIT: Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge, designed to spark a sense of agency in young people aged 24 and under, encouraging, inspiring, and supporting them to become problem-solvers in their communities and the world (January 18th).
MIT: IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge, an annual social entrepreneurship program enabling MIT student-led teams to apply their education and expertise in collaboration with community partners to address social and environmental challenges around the world; team members can be recruited from anywhere in the world (January 19th).
Grow F: a 3-month online accelerator program that supports highly innovative and scalable female-led ventures; eligibility: startups from Europe and beyond (January 20th).
Tourban: Sustainable Urban Tourism Acceleration Programme, calling European SMEs in the tourism industry (January 20th).
Enterprise Singapore: Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge 2021 – Round 2, the third edition of the challenge with challenge statements in key sustainability areas such as sustainable materials, waste management, and many more (January 24th).
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 (January 27th).
SPARTA: Cybersecurity Hackathon to identify and design solutions to some of the recurring problems or come up with entirely new solutions which would take cybersecurity to the next level (January 27th).
Impactionable: Social Innovation Competition, providing a cash prize, mentorship, and community to aspiring social entrepreneurs around the world (January 27th).
Smart Cities Connect: Smart Cities Startup Challenge for startups to bring new technologies and solutions to cities, defense, and national security to help solve major challenges including transportation, health, energy, resiliency, security and climate change (January 28th).
Startupbootcamp in partnership with Telecel Group: ASIP Accelerator, looking for the next generation of African startups disrupting industry sectors including AgriTech & Supply Chain, IoT & Connectivity, Machine Learning (Data Analytics), Cybersecurity, Clean Tech and RegTech (January 28th).
Sente: FoodTech: Health & Wellness, investing in early-stage startups with novel ingredients, snacks, packaging and technology that can meet the needs and desires of an ever-evolving consumer landscape (January 31st).
Sente: Industrial Circular Economy, an investment program to support the next generation of industrial, sustainable technologies (January 31st).
ProVeg Incubator: supporting pioneering companies that are developing disruptive alternatives to animal-based products and services (January 31st).
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), digilab, Make-IT Alliance: Innovate2030 Challenge Sustainable Cities and Communities for innovative concepts and ideas based on 7 real challenges with partners from businesses and politics to address SDG11- Sustainable Cities and Communities (January 31st).
Ger seeman Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) GmbH: GIZ-SAIS Investment Readiness Program to support the scaling up of digital solutions enabling users of the agricultural or agro-food sector, mainly women and young people, to increase their income in Africa (January 31st).
Mentor Capital Network: helping mission-driven entrepreneurs build companies that will be socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable: business plans review, detailed feedback, mentorship (January 31st).
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 (January 31st).
Ashoka: Making More Health Accelerator, Pilot and Scale-up phases; geographical coverage: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda (January 31st).
African Union Development Agency-NEPAD: Home Grown Solutions Accelerator for Pandemic Resilience, an Acceleration programme focusing on growth and mature stage African healthcare companies, conceptualized in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in a realization of the potential of local private sector solutions to strengthen the continent’s pandemic resilience (January 31st).
Moral Fairground and StartSomeGood: Ethical Enterprise Start-Up Program, a 12-month program to help people design and launch great ethical enterprises (January 31st).
Space Hubs Network: supporting growth of space startups and scaleups by providing 1-to-1 mentorship to attract investment (January 31st).
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